estover (72) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hint of sweetness up front followed by a wonderful dark malt. with just a hint of burn from the 15%.
coachd (326) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong aroma even from the tap. Lots of dark fruit, lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet up front, then bitter hops, then a substantial alcohol burn, then back to sweetness in the aftertaste. For 15%, you shouldn't be shocked at the booze flavor just embrace it. You're drinking a massive beer.
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bytemesis (4654) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2011. Pours hazy burnt umber, small tan head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, bread. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, vanilla, toffee. Medium body, a bit hot, but given the ABV I would say it is well hidden.
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 pint draught from Ale Mary's. Dangerous barley wine @ 15% abv. Sweet, Smooth, and addictive!
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jflopsu (827) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2015 Aged from 2012 (drank in 2015). Pours a dark brown. Has a caramel and dark liquor aroma. Has a strong caramel taste with sweet liquorish and strong liquor taste.
VastActiv (3953) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, alcohol and malts. Too boozy.
njager246 (589) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is malty with some sweetness, some dark fruits and a lot of booze on the back... Not my jam
tmongoose (1677) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft the poured a semi cloudy orangish color with white head. aroma was truly a malted pleasure and alcohol. the flavor was not as clear cut as I thought it should be but didn’t detract from it...you have plenty of malts and a mild creaminess to it...could be from the maris otter. but its evenly matched over the tongue with the alcohol. it was a solid barley wine flavor and some fruit notes mixed in as well. the alcohol was must noted on the back end. overall love it...
b3shine (6610) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a hazy caramel orange with foamy eggshell head. Smells like an unbalanced malt bomb with a strong caramel and vanilla presence. Tastes like it smells with some oak and booziness. Some fig too. Underwhelming.
Fantomasus (284) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a burnt amber with an almost white head that sticks around. Aroma is on point: caramel, cereal, nuts, floral, herbs, dough, barnyard, cheese, earthy, and ALCOHOL. Flavor: Would be an easy eight but so hard to get through the burning alcohol. What you find is well balanced but very faint. Palate is full body, sticky, soft carbonation, with a long bitter alcohol finish. I love Dog Fish and I love Barleywine but the super high alcohol hurts this brew a bit.