stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice creamy pour with a tight head of foam. Really fuity nose and an almost almond/orange bouquet to it. First sip and I did a double take as it was like nothing I have experienced with a barleywine style ale. Very orangey and smooth with no real hop character, completley relying on the malt which took to much of the front seat if you ask me. Nice, but not my favorite.
yankeefan21 (134) - 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 - don’t know if it’ll make it a year if I know where I burried them!
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A 12 ounce Bottled on 10/17/07. Tasted on 4/23/08
Poured this into my Duvel glass. Has a deep orange color and a nice one inch beige head that slowly settles to a thin layer of foam. Wow this smells really boozy. I can smell a little bit of raisin and some sweet fruit and caramel but mainly just booze. The taste is much like the smell. A little bit of honey and some sweet fruit and then the alcohol and strong sweet taste hits and leaves with a slightly bitter after taste. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The drinkability takes a big hit for the 15% abv and the strong alcohol taste. I had this around early January and decided to let it age some but this did not make much of a difference. Overall a pretty sweet, boozy barleywine that should definitely be shared.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Pours a deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet peaches, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is enormous. So strong, with raisins, figs, toasted malt, caramel, and warming booze. This is a great barlewine, and One that I will definitely try to age.
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 money’s 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 don’t 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.
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.
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.
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