marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
for as strong as this beer is good taste 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.
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with minimal head. Taste is boozy with dark fermented fruit. Raisin and fig. Taste is light bitter and medium sweet. Very boozy with lots of dark fruit. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a very long, very boozy finish.
swong17 (58) - USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, figs, and some pine. Packs a serious punch, both in flavor and ABV. Flavor is heavy on the malt, with flavors of syrupy caramel, figs, and dried fruit. Sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very boozy and warming.
DougHnut70 (58) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Tap 25 in Livermore during SF Beer Week. Hazy orange, white head, nice looking beer for a barleywine. Taste is all fruity sweetness (dates, figs) and a little earthiness. Not enough hops and too sweet for me, but thinner than you imagine and hard to believe it is 15% ABV.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark orange, heavy texture, medium head. Heavy malt & barley aroma. Almost Cognac-like mouthful with strong alcoholic taste. Sweet flavor of prunes, caramel and figs. A great "after-dinner" beer.
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark-red in color . I can smell figs and dates in the aroma. Light head that disappears fast. I would rate this higher however if feel that the alcohol in this beer is a little to high ( an issue i have with DFH fort and WWS as well) which hinders the enjoyability of this beer and i had trouble finishing this beer. I have had other barleywines which I think are better
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale tan, thin cream head. Citrus hops. Not a overly intense scent. Bannaa rind scent. Taste is medium bodied. Apricot and light to medium carbonation. Very yummy. Thanks Matt.
SCP (53) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exactely what I expect from a barley wine. Perfect balance between fruity and caramel notes. Light sour notes which lighten the mouthfeel that is never too sugary. Pretty drinkable for a beast like this. Almost no alcohol even with the 15% abv. Delicious.
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep red/brown with a good head. Has a strong, sweet aroma with definite alcohol undertones. Sweet, fruity flavors with a good alcohol bite. Has a good palate with lots of tiny bubbles. good barley wine.
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma, I thought I detected citrus (orange), banana, fruit esters, maybe plum, and of course a strong alcohol presence. The light to medium body is very hazy with a medium orangish hue. It initially tastes sweet and smooth and finishes with a heavy alcohol bitterness. The finishing taste duration is average to long. Overall: a remarkably good tasting ale despite a whopping 15% alcohol. It reminds me more of a very strong Belgian ale than a barley wine but that is not a bad thing at all. A very impressive brew as is commonplace for Dogfish Head.