wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Long-time lurking, this is my first rating.....wow, this one is incredibly strong. Drank this at room temperature.
Needs to be aged I think. Even though itís 15%, Iíve tasted several beers with the same alcohol level that hid the alcoholic sting much better. Long finish on the tongue, taste really stays with you. Vanilla, peach, orange flavors with a syrupy palate. Great beer 12 months from now? Either way, itíll put you under the table for a while.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, rich amber from 12 oz. 2011 bottle. Thin, khaki head dissipates in middle, leaving a ring around the snifter. Smell is toffee, jammy orange, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is in my face; immediate booze from 15% backed by caramel, cereal, vanilla, brown sugar. Quite a tasty brew. Wonderful full body to complement the big flavor profile. Would like a few more 2011s (or older) to see how age treats them.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whoa. this is a kick in the arse. i now see why its called barleywine, tho. this baby pours almost like water and has very little head or carbonation. after a half pint i felt it creeping up. the taste was sweet with a multitude of flavors, as Dogfish tends to do. first a fruity- hint followed by a vanilla. very strong linger. i even tasted some cinammon. this is quite a bellywarmer and i feel that it would make a good after dinner sipper. the aroma was pretty light but i could tell it was deceiving. it reminded me of their Immort and Raison mixed. It comes in gallon fifths (750ml), so either share it or hand over the keys. very good stuff i say. the bottle says that it ages well, so i'm going to see how that works out. see you next year.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Another quality beer from dogfish head. Lots of fruit aromas. Alcohol hidden very well. Dangerous
DougHnut70 (64) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Tap 25 in Livermore during SF Beer Week. Hazy orange, white head, nice looking beer for a barleywine. Taste is all fruity sweetness (dates, figs) and a little earthiness. Not enough hops and too sweet for me, but thinner than you imagine and hard to believe it is 15% ABV.
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really a fan of barley wines. This wasnít bad. Aroma was slightly malty with fig or dried fruit presence. Taste like a Belgium quad without the spices. Alcohol heat and presence is there, but for %15 itís not over powering.
Gluepot (62) - Ontario, 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.
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
for as strong as this beer is good taste 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.
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with minimal head. Taste is boozy with dark fermented fruit. Raisin and fig. Taste is light bitter and medium sweet. Very boozy with lots of dark fruit. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a very long, very boozy finish.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark orange, heavy texture, medium head. Heavy malt & barley aroma. Almost Cognac-like mouthful with strong alcoholic taste. Sweet flavor of prunes, caramel and figs. A great "after-dinner" beer.