Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth aroma, golden-red, cloudy appearance. Syrupy taste, strong flavors. It’s a lot to take in at first. Fizzy but sweet finish.
FriendOfBeer (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky Amber appearance. Strong carbonation, notes of figs and apricots. Long bitter finish. Very boozy.
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MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz pour to a surprisingly white head with lots of carbonation for a 15% barley wine. I bought 2 and cellared one for a year from now. Head dissipates quickly and the nose is all fruit with a noticeable hops presence. Nice and thick with no hint the abv is a whopping 15% but it is hot like a new barley wine, more like 10%. As it came to room temp, the abv was more noticeable and the aromas were awesome. This will be amazing after a year of conditioning. This is my favorite barley wine to this point. Way better than Anchor Steam and all those other west coasters. Not bad for $3.95 a bottle!
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my fav’s in the style! Strong malt and alcohol aroma, the taste matches. Clarity could be improved upon is the only complaint.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish-orange with a small but tight head. Head dissipates within a minute leaving an off white tint on the top of the liquid. Strong smell of hops with undertones of alcohol, malts, and orange. Taste is of hoppy harsh alcohol! Second taste is hoppy citrus mixed with sweet malts, sugar, and apricot. Alcohol comes through strong but does a great job warming the body (just as I see fit for Barley Wines).
New aromas of apricot and dates begin to come through as my glass diminishes.
Smooth mouth feel once you get past the abv. Could have been better if they didn’t make it such a big beer. But then it just wouldn’t be a true DFH after all!
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine is definitely a unique brew. Its good but has a strong aroma and taste of alcohol. But for me I like the 15%. Haven’t had a barleywine that strong before.
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damned near perfect beer IMHO. Complex quicksilver mouth feel, boozy and warming, with a balanced hop/malt profile. I wish I had the patience to age this, but we never can keep our hands off of it.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light copper to golden, rather light for a barley wine. Creates thousands of bubbles that cling to the sides of my snifter as I give it a swirl. Looks quite thick. Smells of sweet, sweet apricots. Flavor is also sweet and the alcohol is very present here. There are some citrus notes and apricot is found again. This is thick and sticky, leaves a coat on the palate as it goes down, pleasantly warming. Wow, this beer is freaking huge, I can drink one and its enjoyable... but thats about as far as I’d go.
kapusta (88) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Powerful and pungent. Nice sweet-hoppy fresh aroma. Brownish red color with just a thin head. Strong and sweet with a pine/citrus flavor. Very busy beer. I sampled this the first time nearly a year ago, and I thouight it would mellow with age. Just tried again and it tasted the same. Still very good, but there is alot going on here. Should have waited longer.
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour - 1 finger head, dissipates quickly
Aroma - Very strong nose, reminds me of strong wood glue or epoxy resin up front. Deep down I pick up berries and the fig.
Taste - This one I can barely handle. This is ridiculously strong. Thick mouthfeel, thick and sugary, almost no hop finish. Finish doesn’t linger like i would expect. Would like to see what happened with age.
I usually agree with the majority of the ratings, but not on this one. I almost feel like I got a bad bottle, this is barely enjoyable, not balanced at all - this is extreme.