Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Botlle. Pours a bright amber with no head. Smells very beery for a barleywine. Tastes of wood and vanilla and alcohol punch (15%) stays with you on each sip. Too watery for balance and to offset high alcohol content. I expected more from this.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish golden color with virtually no carbonation. Maybe this is a bit young, but thereís not a lot of flavor here as far as I can tell. Iím having a hard time really discerning much of anything. Just not real good.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had Old Guardian by Stone followed by this. For a $7 12oz bottle I expected an amazing bouquet of thick flavors, making the 15% taste like nothing. I expected a wonderfully thick, sweet treat on my tastebuds. Oh boy was I wrong. This tastes like pure alcohol. The body is of a Dogfish Head: very good. But it tastes like crap. Seriously. Maybe I havnít acquired a taste for this type of barelywine, but I could barely get it down. I understand making a 15% beer palatable isnít an easy task, but it tastes like they didnít even try. If you want a barelywine that is actually drinkable, I suggest Old Horizontal by Victory or Old Guardian by Stone.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a medium-sized, short-lived, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Dusty dry malts with some candy syrup hints and notes of dried apricots and figs. Waft of booze.
Taste: More of a sugary candy taste than maltiness. Stray pinch of cinnamon. The special conditioning does bring a juicy fruitiness. All that harsh alcohol looming over the flavor. Hot, sugary finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: No thanks. Perhaps this one does temper a bit after being BURIED ALIVE, but as it stands now I just didnít care for it.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was another weird one for me. It pours an opaque orange brown color with almost no head. It reminds me of apple cider. The aroma is of orange, banana, fig, and alcohol. It tastes like a cocktail. Orange, banana, apple, dried apricots stand out with notes of fig as well. Very strong alcohol reminds me of brandy or rum. Super honey sweet. With the sweetness and high alcohol content, make sure you can share the bottle with at least one other person. After about four ounces, it began to taste pretty gross. Interesting beer though.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This guy pours orange and smells a little fruity. This beer comes off a bit rough, a lot of alcohol on the tongue. This isnít bad but itís not for me.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy amber and fizzy with a quickly disappating head/ w slight lacing of the glass. Flavor is elusive but only suggestive of a traditional barley wine. There is malt. There is hops. But this tastes a bit flat and uninspired. Perhaps the suggestion on the bottle to bury it and dig it up a year later would help. It could be it just needs some aging. Fresh it is definitely boring for a barley wine and definitley not worthy of Dogfish Head. Disappointing overall.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think at this very moment that the only way to rate is after 1 A.M. and having gone through four or more beers. And I will look a gift ghorse in the mouth once more. All so suspect in the state of Texas. Fruity, baby and lord knows I should have been able to pluck that date or fig, but I couldn't to save my life. I keep seeing the STYLE in barleywine style staring at me. At a freaking 15 percent I guess I should be singing but mostly I wenjoyed the conversation more than the beer, thankyouverymuch. Oh so sweet to me and fruity and cloying if I can say cloying again. I did want to like it and have it be my friend. Cool bottle with an artsy label that the likes of me feels comfortable with. Come over here and let me taste. Hmmm, I guess the fact that it is as big as it is you could almost say the alcohol is somewhat hidden. Sorry, pal(s) I want more with my more.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle from Matta. Medium amber colored beer. Thin white head forms slowly and fades to a small film. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruit and gum. Thick mouthfeel, coating the tongue and palate. Sweet for sure but hops are also present. Alcohol warms the belly. A very good Barleywine but not overwhelming.
Rerated Jan 09. Bottled 2007. Still has that gum-like aroma, not unpleasant. Medium bodied. Harsh and a bit boozy. The fig/date thing isn notworking for me at this time. Not a BW that I would choose to buy again.
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from bottle. Gunky. Pours light in color with lots of "stuff" in suspension. English hops at the front, and very sweet malts. We missed the fruit conditioning entirely. Alcohol content is high, but not too harsh or warming. We get the feeling we could do flaming beer shots with it. Too many unfermented sugars. But Iíve got three more bottles, so Iíll try again later.