mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This barley wine from Dogfish is copper to dark tan in color, with little or no foam. The smell is of hops, with a slight fruity hint. The taste is masked by the alcohol taste, with does complement the hops well, but it is just to alcoholy tasteing for me.
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at a bar near me, finally gave it a try even though it was quite expensive. Dark brown in color, small tan head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste reminds me just how much i love barley wines. Nice hoppy finish to it also. If it weren’t for the price, I could get used to drinking this.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy orange with a thin head. Very slight aroma with a few notes of brown sugar and malts but really not much there. Flavor is crisp from the dried fruits particularly the figs. Sweet and boozy as expected given the high ABV and a little overpowering but overall not a bad beer but given the price point, there’s better value out there.
thefrutigers (101) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear red pour with small head. Sweet alcoholic smell. Very similar flavor, but very nice. Very alcoholic sweet malty flaovor with fruity after flavors. I really enjoyed this one.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a honey amber with a nice haze. Nearly no head, which could prove to make for a nice silky smooth mouthfeel.
The aroma is sickly sweet candi sugar, some subtle caramel and citrus rind.
Tastes like a hearty sweet caramel dipped in honey wrapped with an orange rind dropped in an about an ounce of good single barrel rum. The bitter orange rind and alcohol hold the intense sweetness from falling off the cloying edge, but they are just toeing the line.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth and near syrupy. I found the mouthfeel incredibly appropriate considering the gravity of this brew.
Low drinkability associated with the unmasked abv, but quite delicious when taken with temperament.
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth aroma, golden-red, cloudy appearance. Syrupy taste, strong flavors. It’s a lot to take in at first. Fizzy but sweet finish.
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz pour to a surprisingly white head with lots of carbonation for a 15% barley wine. I bought 2 and cellared one for a year from now. Head dissipates quickly and the nose is all fruit with a noticeable hops presence. Nice and thick with no hint the abv is a whopping 15% but it is hot like a new barley wine, more like 10%. As it came to room temp, the abv was more noticeable and the aromas were awesome. This will be amazing after a year of conditioning. This is my favorite barley wine to this point. Way better than Anchor Steam and all those other west coasters. Not bad for $3.95 a bottle!
Angelmonster (100) - Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This version was bottled in 2009
Pours a dark golden honey, clear with light carbonation. Head is off white, 1/3 inch and lasted throughout the whole beer. Lacing was amazing and coated the whole glass, amazing appearance.
Smell is pretty sweet for such a strong beer, lots of honey, caramel and butterscotch/diacetyls. Also present is molasses/artificial maple syrup mixed with lingering hops. Surprised that I didnt get any alcohol aromas at all.
Taste is definitely not what I expected for 15% beer. Its almost like someone took sisyphus or olde gnarlywine and dumped some honey and simple syrup into the glass. Buttery diacetyls follow suit with some faint hops rounding it out. Alcohol isnt tasted too much but rather more present as a warming sensation down the throat.
Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy but there is just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too heavy. Head adds a nice smooth coating to the top of the beer which is probably the most important thing I look for when grading mouthfeel.
Overall this beer is pretty good but abit too much on the sweet side. Maybe it was aged too much but I felt it needed a little more hops or alcohol to push it to elite status of barleywines. Drinkability is still great for such a strong beer though, will have to buy another bottle and not age it as long.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my fav’s in the style! Strong malt and alcohol aroma, the taste matches. Clarity could be improved upon is the only complaint.
knights97 (98) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely loved this beer. Pours to a dark, big body and smells of sweet liquor but is well balanced. Has a sweet liquor taste mixed in with the malts and a hint of fig, really didn’t taste the date in this but the alcohol is hid very well. Not overpowering like others. My favorite barley wine