davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfish’s beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and I’m on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle 2010. Pours a deep ruby red/orange amber with minimal white head. Finishes almost like a red wine. Tart but sweet and a little juciy kind of fruit on the front. Aromas in the nose are candied fruit, warm dark alcohol. The alcohol isn’t too apparent in the body or the taste for being 15%.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on 10-16-06. Notes from 1-20-07. You can taste the alcohol. Very sweet caramel malt flavor, very bitter too. The hops are all in the bitterness, there is not much for the hop flavor.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with almost no head. Body is a hazy amber. The aroma is faint, mostly malt that I can smell. No hint of the high ABV. The taste is very sweet…kinda fruity, figs and dates. Very thick and rich on the tongue, this coats the mouth on the way down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it hardly seems like 15%. Overall very good stuff, gonna cellar a bottle of this for a while. Another winner from DFH.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very pretty orangish pink color with no head to speak of. Aroma is very sweet of figs and alcohol. Taste is very sweet with a pleasant alcohol burn. This one’s a sipper. Very good.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The initial nose on this one is like cheap women’s perfume, but once it warmed up, it mellowed out and was quite pleasant. It’s a rich, golden colour that almost looks like burnt caramel in a glass. The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. If there is a complaint to be made, it’s that the flavour, while excellent, feels like it’s holding back that extra bit that would push it over the top. As well, the finish is a bit quick, leaving only the taste of alcohol nearly as quickly as the beer is swallowed. A good attempt nevertheless.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
*12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark copper body, 1/2 finger had that turned to a lacing around my glass. Smell: Sugar coated plums, alcohol, toasted bread, berries, mild citrus, hint of spice. Taste: Brown sugar, sweet toasted malts, hint of dates, berries, alcohol, dry slight bitter finish. Feel: Medium-full body, active carbonation. Overall: Incredibly well balanced for it being 15% abv. I can say this isn’t my favorite Barley Wine, yet it is close. This could use some aging to allow all the flavors to mature. It is a little hot for fresh consumption but it still is balanced. This brew is worthy.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhere between being a pale brown and orange in color. Little white head quicly fell back in. Really sweet, hops take the back seat. Get some very late alcohol bite and lingering bitterness. I enjoy it, kind of young, should improve with age, time will tell.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours thick, hazy orange/amber, with a thin but creamy head. Very strong and sweet flavor, some citrus notes. Alcohol comes through at the end. Good barleywine, but a little overpowering. Glad I tried it though.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy amber and fizzy with a quickly disappating head/ w slight lacing of the glass. Flavor is elusive but only suggestive of a traditional barley wine. There is malt. There is hops. But this tastes a bit flat and uninspired. Perhaps the suggestion on the bottle to bury it and dig it up a year later would help. It could be it just needs some aging. Fresh it is definitely boring for a barley wine and definitley not worthy of Dogfish Head. Disappointing overall.