Tiger_08 (132) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Jan 7 2013. 12oz bottle pours deep amber with some reddish hues and tight head. Aroma is boozy with hints of dark fruit. Not much depth in aroma or taste. Flavour gets consumed by high alcohol content which is overpowering at 15%. I like the warmth in the palate but the dates or figs add nothing so better off to drink some good brandy. From other sources it seems not to improve by aging. Disappointing from reputable brewery. I guess for high abv stick with abbey brews. This one is a failure.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 12 oz. bottle
First Dogfish where I can truly say I got my money’s worth. This is a great barley wine. A lot of fruity complexity going on in this one, but with enough classic American barleywine flavors to keep it centered. The aroma is where I pick up the figs and dates the most, as they make a very fleeting presence in the flavor. However, I do pick them up quite a bit in the aftertaste. Flavor is candy, caramel, heavy fruit notes and a slight but present sourness. Alcohol is present in the taste but does not dominate. Heavy bodied, a lot of syrup to this one. Overall a nice little buy and I look forward to opening the other three bottles in the coming years.
Update: Opened a bottle recently, has about a year of age. Not doing so well. The alcohol presence has died down, but the beers has picked up a touch of dust to its flavor. Still have another bottle to open someday.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious, but simple barley wine. Flavor is less complex than the majority of barley wines. A little too thin, and not as syrupy as expected. Very well done though. The sweet and malty flavor hides the alcohol well. You don’t realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This was awesome! I like my beer strong and I like my beer to finish strong and this beer delivered in both categories! It acts almost like a delicious sipping wine with a sweet finish. There was a VERY faint astringent quality on the sides of the tongue that other people had noted but that is such a minor complaint that it is easily made up for with the smooth feel on the tongue and sweet alcohol flavor. I will be buying more - don’t know if it’ll make it a year if I know where I burried them!
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours amber golden with white head. candied malt nose, lot of caramel, dark fruit (prunes/raisens), honey and flowers. All candy taste some light floral (clovesque) finish. solid brew only wow is the alcohol, well hidden.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy burnt umber, with a tiny tannish head. The nose is largely vinous, with a vinegar finish, more subtle tone of hops and sugar can faintly be noticed. That taste is also vinous with an astringent finish. A good barley wine, but I have had better, though this style leaves room for allot interpretation.
jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear gold/amber pour, with almost no head. sweet and fruity aroma. crisp flavor, sweet and spicy with some alcohol in there. nice full mouthfeel. a little less extreme than I expected but pretty good nonetheless.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For being a high alochol beer/barelywine this is a very nice beer. The nose is the malty usual barelywine nose and then the palate is washed with a nice subtle sweetness. tend to have a few notes in common with 120min
metalhead0043 (126) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is raisins, bready, a little malty as well. Taste is similar but with a little vanilla, syrupy, a little hoppy and pretty sweet with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Body is thick, heavy and oily. This is a huge, complex barleywine with lots of flavors and is very strong. I like this quite a bit.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget.