bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a medium-sized white head. Had a strong alcohol and floral aroma with flavors of maple and vanilla. Topped off with an apple aftertaste. Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003
My brandy snifter is missing and Goodwill didn't have any snifters for sale today, so I'm drinking this from one of my Rodenbach stem glasses. Deep red-brown, scant head. Indescribably complex aroma. Fairly full body. Rather pleasing up-front slivovitz-like alcohol, fruitiness (prunes, dried apricots, dates), oak, vinous notes, and some interesting interplay between the differing bitternesses of juniper and hops. I can't really taste any distinct vanilla or maple, but they may both synchronize with similar notes from the wood. The peat-smoked barley is very subtle, perhaps buried behind everything else. Even though some of the ingredients weren't all that obvious, this is a very very well-harmonized beer, and quite warming. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Deep copper in color with a small white head.Fruity/spicy/yeasty aroma.Huge malt flavor with a touch of fruit and spice.Bitter/sweet and very warming with alcohol. biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Poured from bottle at slightly below room temp. Color was ahazy orange. Aroma was exceedingly complex; saturated with fruit tones citrusy mostly but also picked up hints of some darker fruits prunes/raisins: maybe some vanilla. Flavor was also immenseley complex. Sweet with caramel, some vanilla and some hints of maple syrup. very warming. I found it to be a steal @ $16.99 for a sixer( although I did drive 2.5 hours to get it). raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2-3yr old bottle. Hazy gold. Very little head,light lacing. Complex aroma of maple,peat,smoke,tropical fruit,vanilla. Smooth,silky body. Thick texture. Lots of malt,vanilla,maple,oak in the flavor. Finish is smokey,peat,lightly fruity.Much more soft than I remember it being,still just as complex. Bought a sixer 2-3 years ago and just had the last one,which from what I remember is the best! I must get more,even at 15$ a sixer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Hazy golden orange with very litle head. Aroma is sweet, maple syrup, apples and vanilla. Flavor is quite complex, the maple is there but also sour apples, sweet malt and champagne yeast. Very crisp and effervescent. Overall not my favorite in this style but still a decent product from a great brewery.Update 8/05 Lots of oak coming through. I hadn’t noticed this when I first took notes. The maple syrup is also prominent and the carbonation is softer on this batch. I’m really digging this one.Update 6/07 Hazy cider colored, thin layer of head.Maple and cinnamon with vanilla in nose. Syrupy mouthfeel. Really sweet and sugary with a slight metallic flavor. Not what I remembered. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Deep color and ample head. Notes of vanilla and maple syrup in the aroma. Complex but thoroughly satisfying flavor. An excellent experience for the palate. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Bottle pours a rather viscous hazy orange like color with very little head. The aroma is sweet and warming. The flavor is vanilla, sweet, and peppery alcohol in the end. The palate is quite rich. Overall, a very unique Barley Wine that I like! BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Light amber color with little head. Aroma is a mxiture of things that I can't quite put my finger unless I read the description. Intriguing none the less. Flavor is complex with some vanilla and maple. Very interesting, tasty brew. Alcohol hidden well as with most DFSHD brews. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Raisons malt, alcohol and chocolate aroma. Little head, leaving laces on the glass. Red amber color. Malt, alcohol taste, but soft. Also peppery and tones of raspberry are tasteable. Smooth, kind of short aftertaste. Also kind of edgy,but great taste and only short, then great balance.
RERATE on tap at Dogfish Head:Nothing edgy. Round, smooh and wonderful. Delicous and after trying it on tap over and over and again and when bottled over and over ágain, a decesion is made: My favorite Number 1 Barley Wine.