Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the 2004 release. Wow this was probably my favorite brew to date.
I have taken a particular interest in barleywines and this one is tops.
The 2005 was just released and I plan to get some.
HighlanderOne (1002) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Helllooo #300! But enuff with the formalities, letís see what those DFH folks are up to now. Smells like green tea and honey. Poured from bottle, kinda looks like green tea in the glass. Pure amber. I donít think Iíve ever seen a beer with this color and clarity before, I can actually read my laptop screen thru it. Awesome flavor - malt, banana, vanilla, clove, honey, rye, with alcohol kick at end. But itís so mellow that you would never know this to have 15% alcohol content. Oh, this stuff is just fantastic! And quite unique from any beer Iíve ever tried. Slight lacing throughout. Alcohol more noticeable in the finish, but who cares? Iím gonna try aging 2 bottles in my cellar for about a year and will re-rate then, but I canít see how it could possibly improve. What an experience!
OK - itís 12/31/2007 and Iíve just poured a bottle Iíve had in the fridge for 2 years. Still get green tea and honey, also some apricot and raisin. No change in appearance. Flavors have blended together, probably the biggest change Iíve noticed from aging. The honey sweetness more pronounced too. Finished with same alcohol kick. A special beer.
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.
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 11/05 poured a beautiful amber orange color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The bouquet was of dried fruit and only slightly alcoholic notes... quite surprising for such a high ABV. The flavor was certainly the best part as the extremely well balanced and complex slightly sweet fruit flavor with vanilla undertones. Despite the opinions of other raters, I found almost no alcohol in the flavor profile and I think that this is due to the perfect balance of the other flavors. On the palate, this brew felt somewhat warming but extremely smooth and silky. Overall, the best beer Iíve tried in months. Too bad itís so expensive and hard to find.
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!
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ohhh the complexity! Pours a hazy darker orangish amber color, Thin head that sticks around. Lots of fruit in the aroma- apples, cherry, grape even a hint of pear. Big smell from the malt, like itís gonna be so sweet your face will pucker. Taste is big and rich with heavy malts, candy, apples and grape. For being so big you really donít notice the alcohol- very scary. A fantastic palate, very complex. Leaves a very sweet but nice aftertaste of dried fruit and malt.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle. This is a general overview of both fresh and aged olde school. I have recently tried both the 07 and 11 OS. The fresh OS has a great hoppy caramel nose, a little boozy. The caramel malts in the 07 are rich and lush in the aromas. This is hands down the most approachable fresh BW on the market. Many BWís are too hot with alc, too bitter with hops and the malts are completely off balanced. This one, although a bit hot at 15 %, is smoother and less bitter than many BWís fresh. When aged the 5 years it has completely mellowed out to a smooth toffee like finish. The ABV is well hidden. I place OS along with Stoneís Old Guardian as the two best and most accessable Barelywines in the country.
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.
Gluepot (61) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The drinking directions on this bottle was the inspiration for us burying a box of 6 beers for a year which we dug up and drank and then buried 12 more for next year. This was a caramel brown frothy but quick fading head. Huge smell of dried fruit, figs, dates leather and tobacco. Tastes like black liquorice with sweet finish. Second bottle was a clear reddish amber with a much stronger taste.