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.
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.
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.
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
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale orange color with perfect clarity. Head is smooth and creamy. Smells of caramel, English toffee, rum, and some orange. Surprisingly not overwhelmingly boozy. Big malt flavors-caramel, toffee, and toast. Good drinkability.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A truly distinctive beer, which is a good thing. Pours a beautiul golden orange, just a little cloudy, with a nice lacing. Aroma is deceptively mild, a little banana, maybe some of the date/fig combination. Huge flavor of dates and figs, and unapologetic alcohol whack. Borders on being a little harsh, but this is a change of pace beer, and to me that sensation really just wakes up the tongue. Crisp, intensely fruity aftertaste. True, it’s not subtle -- the DFH description calling it a "bone crusher" seems right on -- but I wish they would make this year-round, because it’s a great complement to my other favorite beers.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. dont remember older Old School’s tasting like this one, but maybe my memory’s screwed up. drinkin a few of these is only gonna screw it up more :) this tastes right along the lines of their 120 and WWS in terms of alcohol and sweetness. clear orange/brown with thin lasting head. first thing i noticed after pouring was the alcohol aroma burning my nostrils. some hop aroma’s in there as well. full of flavor, lots of sweetness and alcohol, raisiny (the dates and figs), and citrusy piney hops. finishes with some alcohol burn. nice complexity for a beer this strong.