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!
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a DFH glass. Lively head with a really beautiful, clear amber red color. Aroma of hops and caramel. Taste is intensely chewy butterscotch and quite oily. Wonderful aftertaste that starts sweet, goes to alcohol and then ends up nicely bitter. This is a great barley wine, strong but full of great character. 100% recommended.
jbeahler (38) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from the brewery. Not aged at all. Hell yea been waiting to try this stuff. Pours a pretty reddish copper with a thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is huge with lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates, figs, dried plums. Nice hoppy notes as well, alcohol is there but covered magnificently, as it is 15% ABV. I love this beer. Taste is sweet up front with loads of dried fruits, Iím guessing the dates and figs. Really nice hop bitterness which helps disguise the 15%, stinging your tounge with a nicely warming finish. Medium palate, not too thick but not very carbonated. Maybe I was just in the mood for this, but I thought it was outstanding fresh. Iíll have to age a few to see if the fruit flavors develop.
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma - Reeks of hops and alcohol with a pleasant overtone of orange and a hint of raisin.
Appearance -Nice amber color, with a very thin, fleeting, white head.
Taste - Hops, alcohol, and fruit abound in this dogfish creation. This beer tastes quite like it smells. The alcohol is typical of a barley wine, very strong; however, I feel there could have been more effort into balancing the alcohol with the flavors of Olde School.
Palate - A very smooth sensation as this beer slides into your palate. The body on this is medium, although the alcohol makes it feel full. Carbonation is soft, tingling slightly on your tongue. The finish is hoppy.
dzzz333 (35) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good beer! almost a wine instead of a beer but overall this beer rocks and is top notch!
Rakluba (33) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious grapes with piney woody notes. Great soft mouthfeel. warming. Alcohol is disguised quite well.Great beer from Dogfish Head.
vickvega82 (33) - Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head and spotted lacing. 3 year old vintage. Smells heavy of figgs and booze. It taste almost exactly like it smells. In the right proportions this would be a winner but the dates figs and alcohol is all too much. When i started buying olde school i thought it just need to sit longer to be tasty, but if 3years isnt scratching the surface, Iím dubious 5+ would be any better.
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(1/5/13) A - a beautiful coppery orange.
S - Sweet. Tons of sweetness. Right away itís got me thinking of a sweet white wine instead of a beer. Dark fruit, citrus, and orange peel dominate the nose with the orange peel adding some acidity.
T - Sweet and fruity. The nose was a great preview of the taste. Tons of sweetness and citrus. Hints of orange peel bitterness carry the finish. I am loving the taste of this brew.
M - Chewy, almost syrupy, and nice and warming.
O - What a wonderful brew. This being only my second barleywine ever, I still do not know the style that well, but this was just amazing. Great sweetness. A nice smooth alcohol warmness. The, wait let me check, 15% alcohol - really? damn, this brew could get me in trouble - the 15% is hidden really well and doesnít dominate the brew with booziness. I loved this brew fresh. I can only imagine what some time in the cellar would do for it.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didnít expect to be bored by a $4, 15% bottle of beer. The color is very light and unclouded. Little aroma. Not bad, but I donít think Iíll buy again.
Gluepot (31) - CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.