BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown thin off white head. Brown sugar and.dark fruit aroma. Raisins and fig taste with caramel and brown sugar. Medium body light carbonation. Hint of hops. Nice.
DiarmaidBHK (3527) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from Dogfish head fairfax. Pours cognac brown with a thin head. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Big boozy woody nose. Smells a bit like diesel. Smooth on the tongue with some hops dipped in sugar kind of vibe. Finishes clean. Hides it’s booze well. Not a big barleywine fan but this is name.
GenDV138 (1768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, consumed on 6/26/13. Pours caramel orange with not much off-white head. Head fades quickly leaving a half finger ring. Aromas of caramel, candied fruit, dark fruit, toffee, apples. Tasting notes of dark fruit, candied fruit, apples, white fruit, caramel, toffee. Boozy semi-dry finish with a medium body.
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a ruby brown with a thin tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is of candied fruits, figs, dates, toffee, bread pudding, molasses, sweet caramel malts, and some yeasty notes. Taste is similar to the aroma with maybe just a little booze in the finish. Has a full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a slightly dry, semi bitter, long finish. Overall, a complex, tasty barleywine that is a nice dessert sipper.
williamstome (975) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruddy brown pour with small off-white head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, flavor is big and complex, with notes of chocolate, butterscotch and fruit. Intense. Great body, great beer.
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Macgregors. Malty English style nose, oranges, honey. Pretty, deep orange color with a low head. Tangy orange flavors, honey, biscuits, dark fruits, a good bit of tartness. Creamy, full body. Lovely.
dcbiebel (2) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just tried the other day for the first time, one of my new favorites! Couldn’t even tell it was 15% abv!! Dangerous
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a tasting snifter.
A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. While the off-white colored head isn’t turribly impressive, it does have a bit of duration which almost belies its gravity. Not much lacing either. It does leave alcohol legs behind, though.
S: Dark. Fruit. Overload. Of course, being brewed with dark fruits helps - in this case, it already amplifies what the dominant note should be. While there are alcoholic traces for sure, especially once it warms up slightly, you can’t really tell it’s 15% at all. Also upon opening up, it develops a subtle yet prevalent bread aroma.
T: Immediately, sweetness hits the tongue. Dark fruits and caramel give way to a sour middle - not sour as in "wild ale", but sour as in "musty and leathery". And is it ever leathery. Boozy, but hey, it’s 15%. Honestly, the presence of alcohol here doesn’t bother me as much as it did in, say, Palo Santo Marron. Past its alcoholic finish lies strong tones of vanillin sweetness; had there been any sort of oaky presence, you could have almost fooled me into thinking this was barrel-aged. While it’s damn enjoyable, it’s a bit too reliant on brute force and heavy handed sweetness to be a world beater.
M: Super soft, super creamy, which is exactly what is demanded. I could use a touch more body to help conceal the alcohol better. The finish is super, ultra, mega, uber sticky, and this does create a slightly less harsh feel. In fact, it’s actually un-impossible to drink given its sweet and boozy nature. Still, drinking a bottle of this solo would turn into a chore.
O: It has the general profile of an English-style barleywine...but the bigness and brute force of a ’Merican one. Having said that, this is one of DFH’s better offerings, and obviously a great aging candidate. Even fresh, the booze is hidden relatively well. Relatively. If I ever buy this again, down in the ground they go.
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.
Mep3222 (574) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma almost candied sugar. Taste is very sweet candied sugar and maybe vanilla and oaky as well. Palate is too sticky and sweet. Solid beer and good flavors, but a bit too sweet and too sticky.
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