fattybladdy (579) - 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 (739) - 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 (142) - 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 it’ll 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 (506) - 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 (265) - 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 (1503) - 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, I’m 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 (1033) - 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!
ajnepple (2270) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz single bottle from Tipsy’s. Copper and hazy with a white head that eventually dissipates. Strong, boozy, malty aroma. Similar flavor with dark fruit. Full body with a creamy feel and soft carbonation. The alcohol is present, even at room temperature. This one could use some aging.
Theydon_Bois (9055) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Ginger Man, NYC, 23/11/13.
Clear amber with a good sized beige head.
Nose is stewed dark fruits, brown sugars, steeped prunes, dates, rich cake mix all masked with a boozey-do cloak.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, stewed dark fruits, light spice, raisens, woody tang, caramelised sugars, booze is not too shy but not over cooked.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the conclusion.
Decent barleywine, you know it has a kick but is ever so drinkable for the ABV, well integrated - you’d take a stab at 10%. Nice work.