fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Pours a deep amber with a nice creamy head. Aromas reminiscent of fruit and vanilla, which are also present in the flavor. Slightly reminiscent of champagne. A bit sweet for my tastes, but overall, still an excellent beer, and worth a try. temporrari (398) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottled 10-03. Pours with small off white head that disappears fast. Huge sweet aroma of malts and oak. Reminds me of white wine a little. Flavor is very sweet and has some oak, like the aroma. Maybe some light pear syrup (does that make sense?). Hides the abv well, but I can taste some alcohol. Why are all their big beers so damn sweet? Oak helps dry the finsish out a bit, but not enough cuz the sweetness comes right back at you in the lingering aftertaste. Not all that great. Not all that bad either, but far from a favorite or their best beer. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
Nice amber colour. Small white head. Sweet malt aroma. Notes of apricot, vanilla and alcohol. Reminds me of an young Nils Oscar Barley Wine. Flavour is just a massive wall of malt. Sweet malt. Notes of maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, juniper and fresh yellow plums. The smokey flavour comes when it warms up. Finish is warming, peppery and malty. Very nice. Many thanks to ciderguy. pellertpale (9) - The Fort, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2004 does not count
Minimal maple and vanilla flavor that is hidden by MALT. It may be me but DFH strong beers taste like straight malt. 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 (1116) - 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 (3677) - 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.