demannu (175) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a sipping beer. Dark reddish brown pour with a quickly fading fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Feel is kinda syrupy, like a pourly mixed fountain soda. Taste is sweet dark fruits and booze. Not as much alcohol as you might expect from the abv. Bold and assertive sipper. Maybe a bit too much.
jbruner (2914) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with minimal ring of bubbly off-white head that leaves light lace. Aroma is big liquor sweetness with hint of dark fruit and soy. Taste follows with big sweetness, huge house, dark fruit finish. Too much for me, but not horrible.
BMMillsy (1749) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The booze is this is just unnecessary and off putting. Really bad. Not a fan.
gripweed57 (946) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a tawny deep reddish brown color with a brief beige head. Boozy toasted malt nose has notes of cognac and burnt sugar. First sip yields rich burnt toffee notes and warming alcohol. Bittersweet and intense with a slight earthy component. Noticeable dark dried currant notes as well. Finishes dry and complex with a long bitter aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for such a high gravity brew. Drinks like a dry sherry or fortified wine. Definitely a sipping ale. Another classic from Dogfish Head.
beechner224 (896) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours is dark brown with white head that fades quickly. Aroma is raisins and molasses. Taste follows with some brown sugar and a strong malt sweetness. Booze is there, but what I would expect from something so huge. Nice beer for being so big.
rhsiung (1104) - USA - MAY 20, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12-oz bottle @ community-bar during chibeerweek. didnít care for this before, but do now. the 120-minute of barley wine, opaque black, sweet, somehow not boozy, malty, sweet, intense, ok maybe boozy after all, dark fruit.
chucklemation (731) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color, no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, raisin, and booze. Flavor is sweet raisin and caramel. This is quite good, though I find it hard to believe itís over 18%.
BVery (7881) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - finally found this somíbitch, and had to go all the way to Rhode Island to do so. Murky amber/cola colored pour with minimal head. Big aroma and taste of raisin / dark fruit, malt, toffee, plenty of sweetness, and although the insanely high ABV is well hidden for its level, you canít truly hide 18%+ - so you get some sweetness and late dryness from that as well. Very, very good.
koleminer20 (979) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Finally found the long-lost notebook from the 4 Elf Party at Dark Horse on December 13! So, thatís where this was found. Shared by someone who offered a pour to hang around the fire. Circa 2006. Thanks Ryan! The pour is a dark mahogany with garnet shining through and a thin tan head, not much. The aroma is pretty great. Lots of dark fruits. Raisins, cranberry, roasted malt, and a little brown sugar. The booze is incredibly hidden. The flavor is much of the same. Just really solid. Love the maltiness and the fruitiness happening. The mouth feel is really thick, but there isnít a lot of carbonation. It hangs around, offering the lovely fruits and caramel long after itís gone. Damn. Really, really good with this kind of age on it!
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Recent vintage. Pours rusty brown with a sheet of light tans. Smells of booze, raisins, fusels, artificial cherry. Flavor of alcohol, prunes, burnt raisins, more alcohol, some solvent. Thin bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Well, not the worst of the DFH high ABV series, but not good either.