kambei70 (461) - - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle to a snifter. Pours a garnet brown with a little head. Aroma is ginger and cinnamon over roasted malt. Taste is the same but with a tart, grainy taste that goes into an unpleasant bitterness. Watery mouthfeel.
2008 bottle to a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with a little khaki head. Aroma is brown sugar and grains. Taste is a slightly burnt brown sugar with a toasted grain. Oxidized. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
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JDBaker11058 (1104) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: bottle from 2010, poured into a snifter--cloudy deep amber with tons of floaties; starts with a creamy light beige head that shrinks to a collar that never leaves, with sheer, tiny-bubbled lace curtains. Aroma: raisins and dates, with caramel, toasted brown bread, some lighter marmalade notes, hot booze, honeysuckle, cherry cough drops, and the lightest thread of rootbeer in the back. Taste: raisins, dates, figs, plums and prunes in a thick, heavy syrup hit first, followed by a hint of woody, resinous hops (almost like a California Common), over a bed of wertherís caramels, brown sugar, and brandy. Finish: slowly cresting alcohol warmth dries the finish in the back of the throat and warms the belly substantially; before this, the palate is viscous, only a couple steps removed from drinking syrup. Notes: This is not my preferred style of beer. Nevertheless, it is undeniably well-crafted and, for a style I donít enjoy all that much, I really enjoyed sipping this beer on a cold winterís night, home alone.
fattybladdy (415) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, pours a translucent reddish copper with frothy head. Aroma is fruit and sweet malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, apple, fig. Quite smooth for a beer this big.
jeremyh70 (556) - Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a small head that fades to a film but sticks around surprisingly well. Very little lacing. Aroma of figs and dark fruits with big sweet malt flavor, caramel and just a hint of alcohol. Taste is big malt flavors with moderate caramel sweetness and some breadiness. Toasted flavors along with the figs and dates. Some resiny bitterness mid palate that is in balance. A little alcohol flavor and warmth but certainly not overpowering considering the ABV. Slight hint of oxidation. Finishes with some lingering bitterness and malt flavors. Mouthfeel and body is medium full with moderate carbonation. While it's not my favorite style this is a good representation of the style with big flavors and nice hop presence.
Lectvay (56) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz, bottled 10/9/13. Beautiful dark golden color, sweet boozy raisiny aroma, full-bodied, the 15% abv is relatively well hidden. Very tasty. Feels a little too fizzy in my mouth for a barleywine. Great beer. Have a feeling itíll be even better with age.
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damned near perfect beer IMHO. Complex quicksilver mouth feel, boozy and warming, with a balanced hop/malt profile. I wish I had the patience to age this, but we never can keep our hands off of it.
chucklemation (270) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like raisin. Has a sweet guilty taste with a chocolate finish. Heavy, full bodied beer. Rich and delicious.
mverity (218) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle share at Proof. Poured amber brown with almost no head. Aroma is a warm, sweet malty bomb, with a slight hint of dark fruit. Taste is somehow sweet citrus, earthy, and a touch of that dark fruit. Kinda boozey. Medium body, almost no carbonation. Great beer overall.
harrymel (1434) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
A: pours apricot ale with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. cherry tones. near excellent clarity.
S: smells like all of DFH beers that are high gravity: sour grapes, acetone, other horrid esters.
T: sweet and alcoholic. Man, Iím really not disappointed, because I half anticipated this would taste similar to the others in the series.
M: thin, hi carb, semi dry.
O: this beer is shit. Gimmick. Never again.
Serving type: bottle
NeoHippie2 (742) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy copper pour with a small white head. Big aromas of dark fruit and brown sugar. Little boozy on the nose too. Flavor is intense, big malt character with the dates and figs coming out nicely. The abv definitely makes itself known as well, this is a slow sipper for sure. Long and rich finish. Gonna set a few aside for a year or two and see how this one ages. Tasty brew!