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.
reedcd2 (47) - USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great golden color with champagne like bubbles rising. Suprisingly clear with thin off white head. The first sip packs a punch and you definitely notice the alcohol. Definite malts and figs in the smell. Strong malts and port wine feel in the taste.
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass and different snifter. The beer had a very nice head with great aroma. Very drinkable, with a not to overpowering malt flavor.
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour with a wine like aroma and a smallish head. Walloping alcohol that is not balanced by the thick, sticky, sweetness with a moderate blast of hops. I prefer their 120 Min. IPA. This needs more balance. Needed a small tulip glass to drink it in. Flavors of citrus, raisins, and alcohol predominate. Too thick. Perhaps too young?
Fun attempt, just not there. Still, nothing to think poorly of. It’s just a bit much. Maybe I’ll stick some away for a few years.
Rooney31 (42) - USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a reddish amber color with very minimal head. Just from the smell you can tell this beer has bite. First sweet dried fruit notes and orange zest hit your nose but then the alcohol and spiciness lingers afterwards. Upon tasting you get caramel, nice malts, I want to say a touch of raspberry?, piney hops, and a strong alcohol finish. Accompanying this beer I recommend a fireplace, nice cigar, slippers, and a good novel.
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THIRD TRIAL: Pours a reddish orange, no head; aroma of alcohol, sweet, fruity yeast, and more alcohol; flavor is hard to describe it’s so complex, sweet maltiness up front, hop bitterness in the middle, alcohol and yeast fruitiness in the finish and alcohol burn in the finish. There’s no hiding the high ABV in this beer... It’s incredibly prominent, but in a good way... It takes on a characteristic all its own. I definitely couldn’t drink one every day, but once a year it’s an interesting experience.
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jakes bar and bistro Steilacoom, o6’ bottle... absolutely fantastic body to the brew, perfect head for a 3 year old beer and still has a huge hop, malt and is so complex! Age your beers!!!
whartonbrewer (39) - San Franciso, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully clear, with little to no head. Aroma is of figs and dates. Wonderful old cask smell lingers as well. Wonderfully smooth on the palate. A true treat!