Rooney31 (42) - USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a reddish amber color with very minimal head. Just from the smell you can tell this beer has bite. First sweet dried fruit notes and orange zest hit your nose but then the alcohol and spiciness lingers afterwards. Upon tasting you get caramel, nice malts, I want to say a touch of raspberry?, piney hops, and a strong alcohol finish. Accompanying this beer I recommend a fireplace, nice cigar, slippers, and a good novel.
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THIRD TRIAL: Pours a reddish orange, no head; aroma of alcohol, sweet, fruity yeast, and more alcohol; flavor is hard to describe it’s so complex, sweet maltiness up front, hop bitterness in the middle, alcohol and yeast fruitiness in the finish and alcohol burn in the finish. There’s no hiding the high ABV in this beer... It’s incredibly prominent, but in a good way... It takes on a characteristic all its own. I definitely couldn’t drink one every day, but once a year it’s an interesting experience.
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jakes bar and bistro Steilacoom, o6’ bottle... absolutely fantastic body to the brew, perfect head for a 3 year old beer and still has a huge hop, malt and is so complex! Age your beers!!!
vickvega82 (40) - 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, I’m dubious 5+ would be any better.
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Excellent since the last time I had it it's conditioned very well. The Maris otter malt shines with the compliments of figs and dates. Very little carbonation nice malty sweetness not too sweet. Nice mellow finish. Would never be able to tell it's 15% except for the heat rising up my face. Excellent can't wait to have another one of these next year.
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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.
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!
joelfaber (37) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Poured amber with very little foam. Aroma shows the high alcohol content with some citrus too. Taste like dried dates, vanilla and a hint of licorice. A tangy flavour lingers for a while. Medium body, not sticky like I was expecting. Very good.
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!