hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 This beer rocks!
I was gonna save this bottle and open it a year from now. Hell, that's like giving a fat chick a box of chocolates and her promising to not eat it all for a year. Ain't gonna happen.
To me, this excellent Barley Wine is a cross between a Belgian trippel, a hefeweizen and a Flemish sour.
This ale is a slightly hazy, coppery orange hue. Medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing with cool lacework.
Great aroma!! Warm alcohol up front with notes of Oak, citrus, fuzzy fruits, white raisins, dates, figs and buttermilk. Also huge notes of dry white wine. Along with the fruit and wine, caramel and butter seep slowly up one's nose.
Regarding the flavor; I cannot imagine how good this Barley Wine would be with another year of aging. The flavor isn't quite "through the roof", but it's drilling quite a hole. Caramel, English toffee and tons of fuzzy fruits up front. Chardonnay, citrus fruit, apricots and lightly bitter herbs on the backside. This barley wine is excellently well-balanced and the very high ABV, though slightly evident, is fairly well hidden.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, tart, citrusy, herbal finish. Wow! I just burped... and a whole grapefruit just flew out of my mouth. Not an attractive picture, but you get the point. Not Your Father's Barley Wine! Underrated and highly recommended! Another great offering from a great brewery!
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a red/orange appearance with a light head. Head is alcoholic, wine-like, sweet, and a lot like red fruits. Very strong flavor that’s initially a lot like grapefruit, follows through with a wine-like mouthfeel, and finishes incredibly strong. Beer is incredibly strong and is not masked well. There are however a lot of flavors going on. Pretty complex beer once you make it through the alcohol. Definitely a sipper. There are better barleywines out there, just not too many stronger ones.
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found it a cross between a traditional barleywine and an American Pale. It is an attempt to improve on the roughness of American barleywines, and I think by Joev they did it. The smell of barleywine, although surprisingly pale colour. Some hops and barleywine not over the top. Tasty if you care somewhat for the style. I do I do.
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 2008 bottle. Pours a clear dark orange with a two-finger beige head that sticks around for the entire drink. Unreal lacework. Incredible aroma of yellow raisins, alcohol, raw cane sugar, yeast, dried fruits, candied figs. Taste is sweet malt and candy up front later balanced by spicy hops and warming alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of those "I haven’t rated this?" beers. Pours a dark copper-honey color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat boozy with caramel and ripe fruits. Rich body with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, slight hops and warming alcohol. The finish is nearly cloyingly sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle. Bright ruddy colour with a slight yeasty haze. Aroma is quite light and fruity. Fruity candied/stewed fruits. Light figs/plums as well as a lovely honeyed sweetness. A hint of citrus and pine as well. Flavour is fairly fruity and sweet. Initially shows light cherry, orange peel and pale malt sweetness. Very peppery and lightly alcoholic. Quite warming. A bit of pineapple on the back. Not as hoppy as I would have thought, but it’s pretty tasty.
crossovert (8682) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, malty, alcoholic, but after a few sips it mellows down a bit. A good extreme one.
mcberko (8529) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, pours orangey amber with a tiny head. Aroma of intense caramel sweetness, candied sugar, dark dried fruits and a bit of woody character. Flavour of incredibly sweet candied sugar, caramel and a little fruitiness - alcohol is obviously apparent at 15%.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Feb, 2004 bottle - Clear orange appearance. Musty nose of oranges, soap, butter, wood, and butterscotch candy. The alcohol bites at the back of the throat, with a roasted nut and orange flavor. Spiced finish. A bittersweet beer tonight... one of the few that survived the theft of my truck.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 Flirtatious sweet oranges mingle with a copious maple syrup...Beatific apricots and suave figs encounter fulfillment in the gregariousness of a white wine/flower petal hybrid...This citrusy and yeasty caress of smooth and complex Dogfish Head elegance wakens a volatile volition...