wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Light brown, clear, very thin white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and winish--reminds me of Scuppernong wine from NC. Flavor is sweet, malty-caramel, has a long sweet finish marked by a teeny weeny bit of bitterness. Alcohol in aftertaste. Well balanced malt character, and lovely soft mouth feel. Excellent beer. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Not being the biggest barleywine fan I found myself liking this one more than any other i’ve had. Pours a soft amber color with a lasting head. Thick mouthfeel with loads of caramel and brown sugar. 8/3/8/4/15= 3.8 -- Rerate- Pours an orange/red hue with a light frothy head that fades quick but lingers like whipped cream on coffee. The aromas aren’t overpowering but detectable. The strongest smell of caramel is coupled with a toasted grain and slight yeastiness. WOW.... I don’t remember this brew to be so full bodied and sweet . The mouthfeel is sticky and the finish is bitter and alcoholic. The flavor is strong and attacks all parts of the tongue with every kind of taste. Flavors of alcohol, and honey/maple syrup with prunes and vanilla. This is a damn tasty brew, and as it warms it unlocks hidden treats in this brew. Definitely a belly warmer. 8/4/8/4/16 Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Good amber color,tall tan head that had a decent lasting time and managed to leave a slight lace behind.Malty fruity aroma with a decent sweet maybe slight tangy side to it.The flavor was fruity and sweet with just a nice hint of alcohol warmth,nicely malty and hints of caramel.Thick some what heavy feel but still very smooth,with the alcohol coming on nicely as it warms up.This is one hell of a nice brew with plenty of flavor and character,that makes this a brew worth getting again.Well worth trying. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 Re-Rate: On Draft at Dunedin Brewery!
SpringsLicker (3613) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Steller! Thick and sticky mahogany body… smoky, with notes of molasses and candied sugars…. An Awesome beer… Awesome!
Thanks to my Secret Santa Slob for sending me this brew before Christmas! A month later FL finally got some of the DFH line, so if this mother is really tasty I now have it readily available, SWEET!
Pours a smoldering mahogany body and a rocky off white head. The nose is a mass of malt, caramel too know end. Some hoppy citrus characteristics of oranges, tangerine oils show up in tandem. WOW, Oh MF’er , this is a sweet and syrupy brew!!
Let me put it in perspective: Malt, malt, Malt, malt, Malt, malt, MALT, malt Malt, malt, Malt, malt, Malt, malt, MALT, malt!!! Really what we have here is are several orchards of ripe plums, peaches, apricots, and some suggestions of ginger and vanilla crammed into a 12oz bottle. 12% abv, you won’t know until your finished and the room starts to spin. Also has a great viscous palate, almost syrupy.
Overall this is a pretty damn good Barley Wine, but I think a year in the cellar would really help tone down the overly sweet character.
This is a very good, intense Barleywine. It had all the characteristics of good Barleywine and excelled in it's complexity above all else. There are flavors that change as you taste this. They soar and dive and elude desciption and then slowly vanish into the finish. I few rough spots I tasted would probably have smoothed out perfectly if this had a little age on it. Worth seeking out.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Barley wine? cool. i honestly thought it was some kind of belgian hybrid. Aroma of hevay malt sweetness. One thing i admire DFH for is the intense palates and flavors that mingle. couldnt taste any wood but this was syrupy as all hell and possibly some vanilla in the background. finishes with alcohol vapors. Halfway down the bottle it mellows out and becomes far more smoother. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Fulffy tan/cream head that discipates fairly quickly. Amber in colour, almost no carbonation. Good lacing. Alcohol in the nose, very "rusty". First thing that hits you is the alcohol. Followed by an oaky and rusty flavor. Hints of vanilla. The body is full and heavy. The only bad thin is that the alcohol makes it a very labored drink with one hell of a kick. It was not until I finished the drink that I realized that it is 11%abv cwhalen (15) - Champaign, USA - JAN 17, 2004
This is quite nice and complex. full from sniff to swallow. Dogfish does a good job at making their add-ins an important part. you won't question whether you tasted the vanilla or the syrup. A very complete palate. ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 the rater before me said it all. this is definitely a sweet, syrupy BW with less hoppiness than i like. the alcohol is incredibly well hidden, but the sweetness makes you sip it as if it were 80 proof. however, this is still good. of the 2 dogfish head beers i've had so far, i notice how they strive to be very unique. this isn't one of the better barleywines i've had... maybe i just haven't 'gotten it' yet. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Golden-orange body and tight, uniform cream-colored head. Aroma of old grass, vanilla, maple, and wood. Prominent maltiness and candy sweetness. Has a distinct note of candy corn and the hop qualities oddly remind me of a pilsner. Palate is sticky and viscous. Although the hops definitely assert themselves well, excess sugar overrides and turns this into a dessert beer. Less residual sugar in this (and other DFH beers) would be an improvement. Where other barley wines achieve balance between residual sweetness and aggressive hops, this beer seems schizo and poorly-integrated. Like washing down pancakes with an IPA. Interesting but not among my list of favorite barley wines.