ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Scouser (279) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice clear amber with white lacing and no head. Aroma of alcohol lemons, and banana . Tastes alcohol, lemons and maybe banascotch (yep banana mixed with butterscotch) it’s OK.
ElCapitan22 (165) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color with some lacing but not much head retention. Tastes malty and sweet. Reminds me of butterscotch and alcohol. Crazy high abv here. Just ok though....I think they are overcompensating here for something.....
CpyNPrnT (432) - Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of figs and dates, taste is dates, figs, lots of caramel and toffee, lots of sweetness but is balanced by the alcohol. One more bottle for the cellar. Excited to see how it ages.
RickTheRick (488) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
** Bouteille 2012 ** Une bière de couleur ambrée plutôt claire se présente à moi lors du versement, la mousse brillant par son absence. Les dattes et les figues sont dominent le bouquet céréalier et sucré. Ces fruits confits poursuivent leur travail en bouche, ceux-ci étant ensevelis d’une chaleur sucrée encore bien présente. C’est sucré et c’est costaud, mais c’est étonnamment assez facile à boire. Doucement, par contre.
ericwill99 (70) - Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured in a very small snifter at Flying Saucer. Beautiful color and aroma. Alcohol hits immediately and then I taste theater barley wine. Quite good, but almost certainly better a year from now.
TomTron (409) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle a friend let me sample. Milky texture and heavy on the malts. Aromas of light fruits and acetyl. A bit boozy but it?s mellowed over the years. Definitely a big boy brew that makes the face warm.
Doghair (268) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle. Great malt, caramel and dark fruit aroma. Deep roasted malt, dates and figs come through. Also get some caramel and coffee in the finish. Really excellent beer. If you find it get some.
bwa5879 (733) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch from October 2012, enjoyed January 2015.
Very occluded amber pour with a quarter inch of dense beige head that quickly settled to a bit of slosh. Super rich boozy aroma, powdery rich grain bill, effervescent bourbon, candied rind, some oak. Carbonation on the soft side, thick mouthfeel that’s oily leaning to syrupy, finish is astringent at first then leaves the mouth very dry and warn. Lots of fruit flavor, bitter citrus rind, honey, orange blossom, carmel, dates and fig taste is subtle but present, slight nut taste too. Great syrupy rich barley wine with enough fruit to take the edge off, good orange flavor.
DSG (6471) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 9, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Amit. Clear deep golden-copper. Aroma of malt, some dark fruits and lots of alcohol. Sweet and very boozy flavor, malty and fruity with a slightly bitterish finish. Boozy mouthfeel. Hard to drink.
alliance100 (845) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - 2013 vintage - pours a rusty reddish color with tan head . Strong aromas of toffee and dark fruits . Sweet syrupy caramel flavors with sweet fig finish . Alcohol is very well hidden .
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