GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Pours slightly hazed w/ a deep honey color. Froth is semi creamy, medium sized w/ some spattering, finally reducing to complete lacing. Aromas of sweet and bittered caramel. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. This is a malt bomb balanced by huge hops. I love this brew. It leaves a stinging bitterness on the palate during the finish mode. Bittered by hops, aged citrus rind. Flavors are high on caramel w/ cherry, apricot, honey, apple, slight leather. The alcohol really plays a part in this short story creating the perfect accompanyment to the bitter hops character to balance out all this decadent malt presence. It’s perfect! KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle I snagged at Capone’s. Aroma of sweet malts, figs and alcohol. Body is a light golden amber with thin lacing head. Flavor is very sweet, an amazing balance of malts, dates, figs and subtle hop flavor. You can taste the alcohol at times, however overall it is amazingly smooth dcbiebel (2) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
Just tried the other day for the first time, one of my new favorites! Couldn’t even tell it was 15% abv!! Dangerous bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2002Cobra (1100) - - MAR 6, 2004
Murky orange body with no head or lacing.
Very rich and malty aroma. Sweet too. Lots of fruit like orange, peach, figs and maybe some strawberries. Complex aroma.
Orange and fig flavors dominate among the big sweetness of the brew. A crazy yeastiness. Honey with a citric bite at the end. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Extremely smooth from the cellaring time. Rich and thick on the tongue. Crisp yet still long in the finish.
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Packaged on date of 01/04. Very fresh stuff then. Loud pfftt when opened. Bottle conditioned, so they must be using champagne yeast to do it. Poured out a slightly hazy, orangish / amber / copper color. Kind of swirled around and changed colors in my snifter. Thin, but persistent, white head that stuck around for the ride to the bottom of the glass.
Aromas are of malts, naturally, but also caramel, vanilla notes, slightly oakey, Belgian yeast, because of the banana notes, macerated fruits, and hops at the end. Very fruity smelling, but no discernible alcohol notes. All that malt is covering it up, but you can and still will feel it when it hits you. It sort of loosens up your neck first, then it hits your brain full force. Warming as it’s swallowed, but no burning, like so many other high alcohol beers.
Low levels of diacetyl detected, but not to the point of being buttery.
Tastes are fantastic, with the malts swimming around on your tongue, only to be followed closely by the hops. Someone did their homework on this beer, that much is certain. Certainly fruity, with esters abundantly present. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Goes down too easily. This is one to age for the years ahead. It can only get better. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. A really fine barleywine from the gang over at Dogfish Head Brewery.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
One of my fav’s in the style! Strong malt and alcohol aroma, the taste matches. Clarity could be improved upon is the only complaint. alaimoa (11) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Color a nice reddish. Smells fruity and tastes smooth considering Hugh alcohol
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UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 Original socre 4.3. Had a tasting where I had way too many. This has a light fruity aroma. Nice orange color. The flavor on this is great. A bit of fruit, not much molasses, but certainly feels way lighter than 15%. Great beer. grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Had a bottle that was a couple years old. Got it at a local bar and let it sit out for almost an hour. I could not believe how much the alchol was covered up in the barley wine. Very little carbonation and a little citrus taste at the end made this one of my favorite barley wines. 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.