dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Pours a rich orange, with a small of-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, alcohol, and a little sweet. Sweet and smooth! Flavor is a little sweet, with raisons and flowers. Almost sugary sweet, and a little warming in the finish. VERY NICE. gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Has a nice fig and malty taste and aroma. It is relatively sweet and tasty for such high alcohol. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Aroma of --big surprise--dates and figs, along with raisins, caramel, and sweet malt. Appears a brassy gold color, with a small yellowish head and with some effervescence of medium-sized bubbles. Flavor is fig and date over sugary malt, and finishing with slight hops and HUGE alcohol burn. Palate is sticky and medium-full. An interesting beer, but the alcohol really comes through too much for my taste, though I see that I may be in the minority on that one. I do like the figs and dates, I just think would like it more with a bit less octane. donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2006
One hell of a smooth barleywine. I had it on tap at the DH Alehouse. A lot of barleywines are either too sweet or too alcoholic in flavor. This one is neither. Donít get me wrong both are there, but its just smoother. It could definately be a person who donít like barleywines, barleywine. coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled in 2007
Pours a beautiful golden honey tinged copper color. Slow pour produces a big head of light brown/dark tan super creamy foam. Retention is great. Lacing is beautiful, super sticky and continues all the way down the glass.
Fruits relaxing in a rum bath. Big notes of candi sugar. Hints of caramel and oak. Leather notes. Cherries, apples and a slice of pineapple. Figs. Hints of toasted grains mingling with sweet malts.
Mmmmm. Raisins, pears, apples and apricots, covered in sticky honey and candi sugars. Light hints of caramel with a very light touch of vanilla. Nice malty presence.
I like this one, now, but Iím sure it will continue to become better with even more age.
With the head that this produced, I thought that the carbonation level would have helped the body on this one. Sadly, I was wrong. This is actually a rather thin brew, and I think it would benefit from a thicker mouthfeel. But, maybe thatís just me.
I think that this is a highly enjoyable and drinkable brew. While there is a level of warmth here, the 15%ABV is very well-hidden. I also think that it will continue on to become even more drinkable, the longer it is allowed to age.
Man, I sure do love Dogfish Head.
beeratarian (230) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pours a syrupy orangish brown with thin cream colored head, Aroma of sweet honey and dried fruit with slight pine in backround, Taste is sweet, syrup, not enough hops to round out the sweetness, I would think about five years and this will be awesome for an after dinner port substitute. DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bright red-orange color with nearly nonexistant head. Aroma is sweet and pleasant with green apple, creme caramel, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is much as expected from the aroma: sweet brown sugar malt, a touch of hops, and intense green apple towards the end. The hops/bitterness on the finish is a bit out of balence leaving me with an interesting bitter hoppy apple aftertaste. DFH has managed to conceal the 15% alcohol better than I expected, but it is still present. Not a bad effort but I wonder if they went a bit too far with the alcohol and fruit... BenDover (230) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red, with two fingers of very dense yellow-white foam that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is faint, yeasty and earthy. Taste is very complex - raisins, caramel and malty sweetness, a touch of citrus fruit, and a hoppy bite to it. The alcohol warms without overpowering. Would not have guessed it was 15% abv. Very good stuff. Digital_Aura (228) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold brew with slight head and ample messy lace. Smell is negligible. I was thinking the dates and figs would be discernible but they are not. I did not age this as recommended. First swig was a potent super sweet punch in the cheeks. Okay, 15% abv is certainly not hidden anywhere. Definite alcoholic taste in the finish. Very strong tasting beer - up front and no holds barred. It's good after the next few subsequent drafts but the first really knocks your taste buds for a loop. Very smooth creamy texture. A little sweet overall, but heck... It's 15 freakin percent!! epf33 (227) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
unlike the picture, mine had a neon green cap with a warning sign on top. very strong!! according to the bottle you have to leave it in a plastic bag in a pit somewhere for a year, i only left it in there for 3 months... close enough! spicy finish