Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/31/2013. Bottle 2012A. Pours a deep red-brown with a thin just off-white head that doesn’t last. Aroma is fruity, grapes, berries, vanilla, boozey, spicy, strong. Taste is pretty incredible; dark fruits, cherries, raisins, vanilla, booze, yeast. The flavor is incredibly full. The alcohol is pretty well hidden; the booze is pretty subtle. Medium carbonation is a nice compliment on the tongue to the flavor. Mouthfeel is chewy. This is a monster of an ale. And I really like it. Looking forward to aging a few bottles.
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle pours a hazy amber color with a big head. The aroma is big with sweetness and some fruit like raisins and plums. Taste is more fruit and a big boozy taste. Long finish.
rumproasts (4238) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Deep ruby tinged amber with small head. Very sweet with caramel and raisin. Not nearly as harsh or boozy as I were expecting, though it’s still a sipper. Hops have either faded, or never were very prominent, but there are some citrus hops in the background. this is a nice solid barleywine that has aged well.
Gerbeer (2452) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with moderate head. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol. Rich flavors of same but alcohol distracts. So are they saying this is a bad beer trying to be better steeped in figs?
beechner224 (976) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark red copper color, white head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits. Taste is strong sweetness, dark fruits, smooth. Get some booziness, but not strong for the ABV. Really nice beer.
dhatton (215) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear auburn body with limited head. Cloyingly sweet aroma of pipe tobacco, sweet bread, and fruit. Earthy taste accented by red delicious apples and chili pepper. Tingly astringent finish attempts to subdue the sweetness. Potent, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Savage_Night (199) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy Amber/light brown with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: caramel, roasty, alcohol, herbs, earthy, slight raisin, bittersweet fruit, little pineapple, spice, hop bitterness and light citrus. TASTE: caramel, malty, alcohol, hop bitterness, spice, roasty, tropical fruit, light citrus, herbs, spruce, earthy, peppercorns, red wine acidic, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and slight vinegar. AFTER TASTE: spice, cinnamon, hop bitterness, malty and brown sugar with a oily rich finish and boozy warmth all the way through.
SG111 (637) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 10/27/14. Pours very clear orange ruby color. Very small ring of off white lacing on the outside. Very beautiful color. Aroma is (first and foremost) boozy, toffee, figs, dates, many sweet dark fruits, lots of candied sugar, and just a spot of citrus hops in the background to brighten this one up. Pretty much what you’d expect from a DFH high abv barleywine. Flavor is boozy. Lots of alcohol, lots and lots of heat from that, toffee, vanilla, figs, again candied sugar. But so boozy. It’s excellent but I think this one needs a few years on it. I would love to have this aged 2 years.
PartyFowle (707) - - JUN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bubbles, beautiful light copper color. An off-white head quickly recedes to a ring. Smells bright and fruity, with green apples, figs, flowers, and a certain sourness. A light alcohol burn is also noticeable, as is a slight metallic aroma. Sweet maltiness in the flavor. Dark fruits, raisins, prunes at the start. Bright citrusy fruit flavors hit at the swallow. A definite alcohol kick comes up through the nose after the swallow. The alcohol could’ve been more well-hidden, but then, this thing is 15%. Medium carbonation, very full-bodied, almost syrupy. Warmth assaults at the swallow. Due to the heavy body and very noticeable alcohol content, this is a sipper. I’ll finish this glass, but barely.
raphael (1044) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What fruit am i tasting? apricot brandy, with caramel, alcohol and sticky, some darker bitter.. aromas of alcohol, toffee. oak. a little confusing in the mouth, so much going on. snifter beer, time-elapse.
jh773 (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 10/24/14. Cloudy rust-orange with a bit of sediment; pours slightly effervescent with a paper-thin head. Smell is warm alcohol, rich caramel and sherry fruitiness. Taste is deep fruit, just a little on the sweet side, rich syrupy bourbon/sherry flavors with plenty of alcohol warmth. Fig/date character comes out as it warms in the glass. Slightly carbonated with a warm drying finish.