thefrutigers (104) - , 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.
knights97 (104) - 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
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.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
this is probably the most unbalanced barley wines...no head, no carbonation, reddish brown pour...this is so sweet and boozy its like drinking liquid cotton candy...not a big fan of this one
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.
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.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very slight haze showing ruby copper color with a grainy khaki colored, medium sized head. A toffee and molasses scent with lingering malted maple aroma. Full bodied and lower carbonation. Dark fruit flavors and aromatic spice with some cask bitterness. A soft, almost creamy, mouthfeel that finishes heavy and sweet. The alcohol leaves a warming sensation in the throat.
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!