Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Clear amber, not much head. Extremely enjoyable aroma, I didn’t see that one coming. A fine cigar, a campfire and a deep immort ale like maltiness with all this caramel and maple syrup richness and even some kind of meaty goodness going on. Feels 10% or so, great job there! In mouth: melon bubblegum, soothing oily hops, piney, vegetal which develops sip after sip into a larger and larger tongue-coating bitterness. Nevertheless, those huge malts never miss a meeting, it remains very sweet (caramel.. smoked maple), just very bitter at the same time and in good proportions. Oily fuelic body, fair amount of carbonation. Adopt an hypercaloric beer today.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle, split 2 ways. Dogfish just keeps providing winners. Every sip of this was delicious. An excellent barleywine? Yes. The best I’ve had? No. But worth a try (or ten). BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Pours a golden brown....not much of a head. The colour has me thinking pale malts were used almost exclusively. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Hops are barely, and I mean barely detectable. Way at the other end of the barley wine taste spectrum from, say, Bigfoot. Thanks John for an interesting bwine...definitely not what I expected, but I’m glad to have tried it!!
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2004
bottle. deep honey color with delicate white head smells of prunes, alcohol, rasinbread... flavor of syrupy sweet figs and the concoction you made by skimming off all the liquor you could find in your parents pantry into one bottle... this heats ya up, that’s for sure! drank in celebration of finally finishing Bleak House... the novel that seemed to never end... DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 10/28/2004 - Looks to have been bottled in January ’04. Cloudy brown-orange body, cloudy because I dumped some yeast in at first. I’d call the aroma "sharp" because I get alcohol and some sprucy hops. There’s some sweet dark bread notes too. The aroma gets knocked a bit because it’s not that interesting and the alcohol is readily evident. Big fruity notes in the taste, dates, apple, white sugar. There’s a light burning sensation on the roof of my mouth from the alcohol but I can’t really taste it. The finish is sticky-sweet, peach, apple, sugar with a light spruce hop bite. A sweeter barleywine, gets points for masking its alcohol content very well.
5/2/2006 - Another Jan ’04 bottle thanks to Jason. Clear orange amber body. Smells great - honey, candied orange and some caramelly malt. Pretty hot still! There’s a smooth fruity raisin / canidied orange sweet malt throughout but hot alcohol distracts. The finish is marred by Rumblemintz-style alcohol hotness.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Poured from the bottle at Falling Rock Taphouse. Honey colored. Malty fruity aromatics. Taste alcohol up front but it moves away and lets other flavors come in and stay for awhile. Swish the beer over the tongue for awhile and you can taste the dates and figs. This is an extremely rich beer. Find someone to share it with. It’s very special. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 14, 2004
Cloudy orange-brass body; Nice buttery yellow at bottom and autumn leaves at the top. Head is thin, cottony white and does a decent job of lacing the interior of the container. Looks a little old (hopefully it isn’t). Smells of apple, sugars, lime and lemon. Taste is gorgeous. Sweet, silky and medium-thick. Similar to syrup. Begins sweet with cherries, apples then lemony hops, raisins and figs. Sweet fades a bit, getting a little roasty (that’s about it for the hops), then ends as nothing but figs. Figs, figs and more figs until you take another taste. Very good, complex beer. 15% alcohol is cleverly hidden in the robust flavors. This is like the 120 IPA and WWS: a ton of flavor packed with a tremendous wallop of alcohol, and somehow they make it all work out smoothly. Only qualms possible for this beer are the lack of aroma and the overall sweetness of the brew. The sweetness is debatable as this is a barley-wine and maybe I shouldn’t be criticizing it. But if you plan to drink the bottle by yourself, it will definitely become an issue. badgerben (5180) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Re-Rate. I think I rated this at the Map Room before so I figured I’d give it another shot. Murky, dark copper color with a medium head. Sweet malty aroma and very sugary. Thick, yet somehow light, malt. There is definitely a hot spice likely from the alcohol. I have some to let sit for a year, so we’ll give it another try then. Bottled in January 2004; Tasted October 3, 2004: Hazed amber color with no head. Very little barley in the aroma. Kind of a dry and bitter taste. The alcohol was quite well hidden. Eh, there just wasn’t much to this one. Decent, but not outstanding. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Amber Coloring. White Ring Alcohol Aroma. In the Flavor As Well. Spice, Bread Dough. Some Prunes/Raisins. Noticable Warming At The End. Dry. This One Packs a Punch. Don’t Drink When in a Hurry.. Very Good Brew!