hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 On tap @ Dogfish brewpub in Rehoboth, DE. Maybe itís just me, and it very well could be because I donít know s**t about Barleywines, but this stuff was not good at all. Tasted like a shot of vodka. I know itís 15% but I thought I was drinking 80 proof. First and foremost was the alcohol taste and smell....and then there was not much else. Maybe I wrecked my pallate from several previous Randalized 90 minutes. Sad to say that iím not at all impressed with this one.
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tge nose has hints of raisin, fig, molases. Has raisin, date, a little oak. Has a hiof sweetness with enough bitterness to balance it. A very complex beer
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours clear reddish-copper, with a dense, sticky short-lived head which can be rejuvenated by swirling. Aroma is floral sweet with fruit (prune, raisin) and some brandy-ish booze (but not overwhelmingly). Similar flavor profile - heavy on the sweet malty and fruity notes at the very start, but that is quickly blasted out by the alcohol, which leaves me with a cough medicine vibe. Medium full bodied and syrupy, but hot. A really promising brew (no surprise from Dogfish Head) that needs a couple years to sit.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz btl thanks to Funkybrewster. Pours a nice copper with a thin white head. Aroma of candied sweetness, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Sweet and sugary on the palate, not unpleasantly though. Thick and rich with the 12% noticable. A good barley wine toffee, pit fruit, and booze. Curious to taste and older one of these.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice ruby red with a slight tinge of gold. The pour rendered about a quarter inch of white head. Beautiful lacing!
A big nose of caramelized sugars, sweet malt, fruit, raisons, booze, honey. This beer smells awesome!
The taste is great, sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I get honey, grape, strawberry, raspberry, a bit of chocolate, and some booze.
The feel is silky and warm, oh so good... The carbonation on this 07 brew is sitting really nice, it is medium, but the way it blends with the silky smooth feel makes this elixir exciting and subtle at the same time.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet orange aroma. I do think this is really green, so i will let the rest age for a few years. It is one of the sweetest beers that i have ever had. I like barley wine, but this isnít malty enough but has a sweetness from another source.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 8 month aged example with lots of flavors and nice finish. A good one to age.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Vintage-Iím glad they started putting this in 4-packs because one 750 bottle was just too much alchohol to get through without calling the neighbors over. I have to say it wears itís 15% very well and is very well balanced. One of the best DFH beers, next to WWS. Nice malt, well integrated with the hops and yeast character and a nice beer overall.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
So...Barley Wine style beers... Donít really have much luck with em... This particular one changes that. Itís pretty darn tasty. Itís got a sort of apple aroma along with the alcohol - with that nice high abv, and it smells sweet, if sweet has a smell. It looks very pretty with a hazy ruby amber color with a tan head. Tastes really nice, like orange marmalade! Itís alcohol is very well hidden but you can feel itís warming effects on the finish. There is a hint of dark fruits in there as well. Overall I enjoyed this a lot!
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz, bottled 10/9/13. Beautiful dark golden color, sweet boozy raisiny aroma, full-bodied, the 15% abv is relatively well hidden. Very tasty. Feels a little too fizzy in my mouth for a barleywine. Great beer. Have a feeling itíll be even better with age.