gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured copper with lethargic legs. Smelled of alcohol primarily, but with a smattering of cherry and a little vanilla. Tastes like amaretto with a nice burn. Let it warm up and you get some hoppiness. Drink at home.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and caramely, creamy on the palate, tastes like it has malolactic fermentation you’d find on a chardonay (of course, it doesn’t).
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a fine sherry. multihued coppery, couldn’t be more delicious looking. It is sleek and slippery in the glass.
The taste is at once stunning, unexpected and intensely satisfying. Rich, bold, complex and evolving gradually as it mellows in the mouth to reveal its sublime gifts.
Another treasure from Dogfish Head, without doubt the finest brewer in the world.
Angelmonster (179) - 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.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out a ruby gold with a finger thick beige head that was very still. the body is a clear amber with minimal bubbles rising up in the center of the glass. the aromas are a little week but still has some spice notes and fruits with not much alcohol present in the nose either. it is medium bodied and super malty sweet. lots of caramel and sugar present. how they hid the alcohol, i have no freakin idea but i barley taste it at all. there is some fruit on the palate with a nice booze burn down the throat. very nice winter warmer and super strong. i am impressed with this beer with how they brewed it.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is yeasty with hints of fruit, bread and alcohol. Dark fruit in the flavor combines with malty sweetness and alcohol. Some hop bitterness here too. The alcohol is very hot here. I opened this one too soon. Luckily have a few more that I will hold off on for a couple years. Too hot right now, though the flavor is nice. Imagining this mellowing is a pleasant thought.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
i’ve been looking for this for a while but I wasn’t impressed. very high alcohol and very sweet... but more sour than hoppy. maybe it would be better if they put it through the Randall machine. a little raisiny, almost like a stripped down version of the raison d’extra. overall there’s nothing bad about this beer, but also nothing that good
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was likened to candy corn or like a sweet caramel. Appearance was a light orange. The taste had a strong alcohol presence, almost brandyish in flavor and kind of like rock candy without so much sweetness mixed with strong alcohol. I don’t care for it as much myself but I can still appreciate it if that makes sense.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lighter version of the barleywine. Nice foamy head, big bubbles therein. Fades within about a minute. Nice lacing. Light hoppy aroma. Light flavor with alcohol almost transparent. Warming in the belly. Pretty decent entry!
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber. Chocolate, honey, vanilla, and some candied fruits. Very sweet taste. Hints of sweet candied fruit, oak, and sweet malts. Pretty thick. Good brew from DFH