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.
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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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.
AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a burnt orange with a nice light tan head. Head retention doesnt hold for very long.
S- I get dark fruit which obviously comes from the figs and dates. if it wasnt for the label i might say currants.
T- Seriously smooth for 15% with a great dark fruit finish. Sweetness from the caramel malts but a good sweetness.
M- Medium bodied with a great coat.
O- Awesome what they did with this beer. so strong but yet so well balanced.
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.
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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 didn’t expect to be bored by a $4, 15% bottle of beer. The color is very light and unclouded. Little aroma. Not bad, but I don’t think I’ll buy again.