StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold in color with a thin, splotchy head like algae on the surface of a swamp. Aroma is tart cherries, cotton candy, vanilla and cedar. Occasional wafts give a slight suggestion of the high ABV. Flavor consists of orange rinds, bubble gum, oak and vanilla. Creamy and smooth body, which was a pleasant surprise from the thin composure inferred by the appearance. Slightly dactylic and separated. Reminds me of Brooklyn’s 2004 Monster Ale, which I have cellared in hopes of making it a superstar; maybe Olde School needs to age as well? As it is – fresh - everything is moderately controlled and balanced, making this barley wine good, but not very special or dynamic.
ravidesai (949) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a big beer. fruity with a lot of dry-fruit elements. dates,rasins, and citrusy hops.
very tasty with a lot of subtleties.
the taste intensifies as the beer warms.
palate was alittle thin and lacing.
another solisd beverage from dogfish.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copperish color with a short-lived off white head. Powerful aromas of dates and bready malts. Very sweet fig/date flavors dominate the start and give way to a more complex and deep malt sweetness/doughiness/breadiness. Nice hop balance in the middle and
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With the greatness of DFH’s other huge beers I was excited to try this and picked up a few 12ozers. This poured a nice deep orange color with a huge frothy head that dropped quickly to a bubbly collar. There was decent lacing left in this as I drank it. HOLY SWEETNESS, the nose is strong with a fruity malt sweetness that almost completely dominates the smell. Even after warming the only other smell I could detect was the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the smell, extremely sweet with fruity malts a little too much so even. Slight earthy hop notes can be found as well, but the 15% sure stays hidden in this one. A nice slightly bitter finish is present to try and tame the sweetness. Olde School has a very full and rich mouthfeel that coats your mouth with sweetness. Insane drinkability for a 15% but the sweetness was starting to be a little much for me by the end of the glass. Overall an excellent barley wine from DFH, I will see what happens with the other bottles in a year or so.
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Vintage 2003 (pictured at left), but on draught. Surprising color, not knowing anything about this beer. Bright, lucid yellow-golden, with a slight hint of lightly hazy orange. Moderate, even, white head that sits atop obediently. Aroma has hints of peaches, unripe nectarines, perhaps some light fig notes (wouldnt be able to tell if I didnt see it on the description, though), with some flowery, herbal orange honey blossom-like notes. Tremendous dry fruit esters, with some restrained alcohol ntoes as well. Flavor starts out with a big honey and orange zing, very warming immediately, with the alcohol perceptible from the start. Light peach brandy notes, some rusty, earthy metallic notes as well. Dry fruits abound, with a dry malt base, not entirely unlike North Coast Old Stock. Very strong herbal qualities, with not much, if any, of the sweet, sugary notes I would expect from the dates. Finishes, alcoholic, heavily floral hops, some citrus and a bit of malt. I hope the 2002 750mL bottles are maltier than this. Medium-full to full body. 7/4/7/3/13
2004 bottle (green cap) Sampled at Moan and Dove on 8/19/2005. Light peach-apricot yellow color, medium-sized bubbles and a small covering of white head, not terribly well retained, with only a bit of lacing here and there. VERY clear. Aroma of light yellow fruits, pale malt sugariness and some dry, leafy hops. Flavor is lightly fruity, moderately bitter, lightly acidic and has a pretty good alcohol apparency. This year’s version isnt even as syrupy as the last, which in this case is a bad thing, IMHO, as this just seems like a sparkling beverage, light and unbalanced with alcohol. No substantial body on it, very short finish with peach skin, some oranges and sugar. Medium body, though pretty light relative to style. 7/3/6/3/11
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh ’06 bottle... perhaps I should have followed the directions and buried it for a year. At first taste I thought it may be a drain pour, but after letting it warm up for a VERY long time it was drinkable. Aroma is fairly nice with apricots, raisins and molasses... smells a little like apricot syrup I like on my pancakes... except slightly acidic and very alcoholic. Taste is almost undiscernable over the incredibly strong alcoholic kick... I think there’s some apricot, molasses, vanilla, and oak flavors in there but I’m almost choking from the alcohol burn... hopefully my other bottle mellows out in a year or two.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy apricot, white head. Aroma is fruit, wheat, alcohol. Flavor is fruit, malt, and very strong alcohol. The alcohol in this one was too overpowering. I prefer barley wines with less of an alcohol bite.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity sweet aroma. Fruit in the flavour with a brown sugary-caramel flavour. Didn’t really get any alcohol out of it, surprisingly. Not very complex, but the age may have done that to it.
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This red ale poured with a miniscule off-white head. There is a sweet candied fruit flavor with a long bitter finish.
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Awesome looking pour of a thick, unfiltered consistency; firey shade of tangerine. Juicy aroma spits orange and pineapple over a dark, starchy foundation of gingerbread and rum cake. Heat is tepidly, then aggregiously present; whiskey emanates wildly and arrives on the tongue with a clumsy violence. Hints of dirty toffee, bathroom sanitizer, earth, dates. Sterilized, dark and fruity; apple liqueur. Old citrus, vanilla, white grape and sour mash mostly with a jameson impression lend a strange amalgam of sweet, pungent, and musty. Heat develops into a more blatant rubbing alcohol effect, cold and dry. Slick in the mouth; warm, gooey, lightly prickly. Finishes with a quiet shade of sweet almond nuttiness and a bit of peppery bouquet. It’s quite a difficult project at this early stage, and it seems unfortunate that it should even be released when it’s so inordinately young. Bury it and see.