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
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
JamesD (243) - 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.
jh773 (242) - 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.
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.
thepatrickman (239) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, about 18 months old. Phew, this is a beast hiding in a 12oz bottle! Big aroma of sweet malt and raisins with a bit of booze. The flavor is huge, combining barleywine sweetness with a bit of the fruit flavor from the dates. It finishes surprisingly dry -- almost astringent -- with the malts dropping away and a moderate hop bitterness lingering.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. Bottled in 2007. Would like to start off by throwing my two cents out there that this beer like many from Dogfish should not be consumed until its aged at least a year or so. Otherwise you are drinking it green and pretty much wasting it. That being said this beer is really a unique and impressive take on the Barleywine style. Color is ruby red and orange at the edges. Virtually no head on the beer, but does have some minimal off-white lacing in the glass. Aroma is overly ripe dark fruits, citrus and a hint of ethanol. Flavor is complex and tastes like the kinds of old fruits your grandparents eat, such as prunes, figs, raisins and dates. While the flavor is admittedly on the sweet side, it is also slightly acidic and has a touch of bitterness. Carbonation is perfect with just a subtle fiz and the mouthfeel is really well balanced and neither overly thin or too syrupy which is a common problem with Barleywines. Alcohol lends a warmth to the beer that is not really evident except in the finish. A sipper that is best consumed at warmer temperatures. Too many flavors are masked if the beer is served directly from the fridge without any time to warm up. Good stuff!
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Not enough layered malt or intense hop to reach barleywine complexity. Just enough of each to make it passable. I would trade half the abv for more flavor.
Re-Rate Feb ’07 - I was able to detect the hop and more of a complex malt- intense cinnamon. Worth a rating boost.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a rich orange, with a small of-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, alcohol, and a little sweet. Sweet and smooth! Flavor is a little sweet, with raisons and flowers. Almost sugary sweet, and a little warming in the finish. VERY NICE.