mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep red color. The nose is heavy with caramel. Very sweet, but in a really wonderful way. Lots of honey.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish-amber pour with a thin, creamy head. Aroma is citrus and caramel with moderate hop. Flavor is very oily, vanilla and caramel strong alcohol. Finish is surprisingly sweet, strong malt, light bitterness, moderate alcohol.
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Pours a copper color with a white head. I was surprised how light the color was compared to the taste. Smells of fruits, mostly peaches and alcohol. Strong at 15%. Taste of apricot and peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. I’m going to cellar a couple.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
scent is strong with alcohol. almost smells like a mead. appearance reminds me of a cognac. thus is definately a sippwr
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With the greatness of DFH’s other huge beers I was excited to try this and picked up a few 12ozers. This poured a nice deep orange color with a huge frothy head that dropped quickly to a bubbly collar. There was decent lacing left in this as I drank it. HOLY SWEETNESS, the nose is strong with a fruity malt sweetness that almost completely dominates the smell. Even after warming the only other smell I could detect was the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the smell, extremely sweet with fruity malts a little too much so even. Slight earthy hop notes can be found as well, but the 15% sure stays hidden in this one. A nice slightly bitter finish is present to try and tame the sweetness. Olde School has a very full and rich mouthfeel that coats your mouth with sweetness. Insane drinkability for a 15% but the sweetness was starting to be a little much for me by the end of the glass. Overall an excellent barley wine from DFH, I will see what happens with the other bottles in a year or so.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from new beer.Bright Bronze/copper orange color, No head Fruity boozy Aroma . grapfruitness. Burning citrius flavor ,thick syurp body.Very good barley wine. gotta dig a hole and save one
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle. Pours a copper/orange color. Smells of malt and alcohol. Tastes more complex. Creamy mouthfeel with a strong flavor of yeast and bread. It is somewhat sweet. Not too much of a hop aroma or flavor. It isn’t really suited to my palate, but who knows, it might be to yours. Only one way to find out!
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red, like lemonade. no head.
Very fruity. Cranberry?
Medium body, fizzy, prickly.
Very bitter. A little sour hint. Good balance, a little on the alcohol side.
Purchased in New York.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper color with a very sweet aroma. very little head after the pour and quickly fades to nothing. taste is very sweet with raisons, plums and fades into a warming alcohol feel. not bad
dhatton (241) - 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.