yankeefan21 (131) - 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 - donít know if itíll make it a year if I know where I burried them!
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 moneyís 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 donít realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.
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
Angelmonster (125) - 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.
Krej (122) - USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very strong beer. You almost have to chew it. Very malty and delicious, but also very strong. Not much hops to it. I did drink it very fresh though and have a couple bottles to age, so Iím excited to see what happens to it.
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.