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.
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.
JFowler (30) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the best barleywine I have sampled to date. I tend not to rate these beers as high as other types that Iím impartial to but I must say this one is very smooth. It is a meal in it self with very complex fruit and hop finish. Most beers this strong have an overbearing alcohol flavor. This one does not have that. Go see Matt at dogfish in rehoboth beach DE. Tell him your old school.
davisnmn (30) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured the glass full and let it breath for a few minutes and warm up slightly. I put the glass slowly to my lips took a drink, pulled back and said damn. This beer is truly a barley wine. Itís all there. Sip this beer slow and enjoy.
LawBadger (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle: Color is a rich amber with a thin head that quickly goes down. A very nice aroma that smells of dark fruit, molasses, and alcohol. With this being a higher abv offering, it has a surprisingly smooth finish (i.e. no alcohol "burn"). A complex taste consisting of a slight sweetness (brown sugar and/or caramel), darker fruits, and a little citrus. Iím a big fan of Dogfish Headís line-up and this one definitely does not disappoint.
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle- Poured golden orange in color with fizzy white head. Has aroma of apples and grapefruit. Not as much body as expected. Not like other barley wines I have tasted due to its sparkling carbonation. The 15% alcohol is hidden well but becomes more prevelant the more you drink. Decent barley wine that may get better with age. I hope so at $18 a 4-pack.
SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks good, a nice barleywine color. Maybe a bit lighter than Iíd like, but plenty red to make up for it. Smells slightly boozy, leathery, and a bit sweet.Tastes of dark fruits, some cherry, a bit of leather, some alcohol (although not as much as I suspected).Mouthfeel is good- a bit thin. Slightly acidic (maybe the alcohol?) and a perfect amount of carbonation.I would drink this beer all night. Well, until I passed out. But it is a bit of a sipper.
Overall, Iím very pleased. Iím going to buy a bunch of this and hide it form myself to see how it does with a bit of time.
bensbrews (22) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer brings a whole new something to the table. It is labeled a barleywine but it taste nothing like a traditional barleywine. There is some funk or sour flavor which I take comes from the yeast. If you had 120 it taste eerily similar. If you want a barleywine donít drink this but if you want a unique beer with some awesome flavor grab it! I donít think their objective was a barleywine but a literal translation of that barley and wine. Imagine a dessert wine with a hop and barley kick.
dwissm1 (22) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer tasted like Simple Syrup. WOW it was sweet and was offensive. Itís not very often that I pour a beer out, but I poured this one out. Sorry guys, but it was just WAY WAY WAY too sweet. Dogfishhead is great, but this one was pretty rough. If you like sweet beer, this one if for you!