JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good barleywine. Dark reddish brown, translucent(but dark), pours with a frothy bronze head. Aroma is piney, sweet, and malty. Flavor is sweet and cascade type hoppy. Finish is dry, I guess from the alcohol. Well made!
sloth (2554) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at the pub, served up in its own snifter. Was served too cold, had to keep my grubby little paws wrapped around this for awhile to warm it up. Small offwhite head hangin around. Lovely dark brown/amber color with a nice red tint to it. Malty sweet, hop spicey nose. Full/medium body, slick mouthfeel, glides over yer tongue. Malty up front some chocolate notes and fruit also. The alcohol making its presence felt with a warm slide down yer throat. More fruity as it warmed. Finish is fairly dry, malty, warm, with a good hop bite. Need to bottle this product.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely, lovely stuff. Dark, deep brownish-red. Fascinating nose, rich, very vinous, bit sweet. Surprising flavor, huge amount of milky chocolate character for a barleywine, nothing like an imperial stout bitterness but a rich, smooth, slightly sweet yumminess. Alcohol really well hidden, drinks very easily. Lovely creamy palate. Beautiful.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at RDF: Dark brown apperence with almost no nose. Flavor of heavy choclate. Very different for a barleywine.
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2003 edition) Dark brown with creamy mocha head. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous/port, chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, malty, vinous, some alcohol -- really nicely balanced. Creamy full body.
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2003) A deep burgundy beer with a small head, this is one charming demon. Smooth and sweet with a moderately dry aftertaste. Fully engrossing without being overwhelming. Go on, dance with the devil!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Very smooth and seductive.Smells like a nice west-coast style but lighter.Looks very appealing/hazy ruby dark red.The taste is a tad watery for the style yet very enjoyable and flavorful.Not too much of anything...the buzz is quality.The palate is too smooth for such a devil of a beer(doesen't surprise me)teases of chocolate and some nice hops.Eaisier than most barley wines.Very much like the Old horizontal.Excellent!
guzzler67 (1532) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of merlot wine. Minimal head with light lacing. Sweet, malty aroma. Well carbonated, spicy taste with a distinct hop presence. Sweet finish.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(2003 version -- according to Jim, the brewer, the hops change every year)
Complex enveloping aroma, with many competing scents but definate sweet tones. A whole field of malt and hops just in the scent, and they don't let up when you start drinking it. This year's brew was 10.5% ABV, but the alcohol didn't show through (until I tried to walk afterwards). The flavor is strong enough it attacks your mouth, hitting the front, back, and sides all at once. A burst of flavor that stays with you for awhile. Like many barleywines, I find it hard to describe the intense flavor except to say that it's, well, intense. An excellent brew from DuClaw!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Re-rate - 11/11/05 - Fresh batch on draft. Dark shimmering copper and crimson, ultra slow rising bubbles, thick creamy lightly tanned head. Best aroma yet of any batch made. Complex notes of pink grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, and brown sugar, with lighter notes of pine and apricot. Hop bomb flavors of fresh citrus, light pine and earth up front, hop assault continues throughout with some tropical notes, and finally a sweet toasted caramel toffee malt flavor brings it all together late. Full bodied and slick, light carbonation, drying bittersweet finish. Awesome stuff....