kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2005
12 oz bottle: Lighter orangey amber w/ a lasting off white head and big alcohol legs on the glass. Alcohol, white grapes, and more alcohol dominate the aroma. The alcohol is solventy like hair spray. Whiffs of toasty malt and black peppery scotch whiskey beyond the alcohol. There also seems to be a little woodyness, possibly from alcohol, and some hints of figs. Really well balanced for a big beer, but definitely malty. Some caramel, fruity ester flavors, a bit of citrusy hop at the malt dominant finish. Toasty malt comes through more mid palate beyond alcohol. Did I mention there’s alcohol in this beer? Hints of woody fig which is in the lingering aftertaste along w/ the citrusy hop. Not as thick and syrupy as one might imagine, but definitely on the hot side. Lighter full body w/ a low level of carbonation. I’d like to see this one a few degrees plato less on the fermentable scale as alcohol dominates the entire character of the beer. I also wish I had a couple extra for "burying" in the ground like the bottle suggests. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This is a brilliantly clear full copper color that is topped by a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite sweet smelling with soft notes of orange, hints of mint, some sort of a funky note reminiscent of tropical fruit, and a bright herbal note. The aroma is nice, but for some reason is not all that inviting.Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
The taste is quite sweet with lots of fruit notes reminiscent of green raisins, dessert wine grapes, and hints of sweet plums. There is a fair amount of hopping here, but it plays second fiddle to the sweet malt. There is a light (at least relative to the malt) bitterness in the finish, which is preceded by a soft herbal hop flavor that accentuates the sweet fruity notes.
This is definitely has the characteristic flavors of Dogfish Head’s other higher alcohol beers; the intense sweet malt and fruit character. This is pretty good, but seems to be missing a lot of complexity that would make this more fittingly a contemplative sipping brew that the alcohol level demands.
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Aroma is alcohol, dried fruit, caramel. Taste has a little heat to it with caramel, butterscotch, and sugar. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle picked up - aged 3 years. The first thing I’ve noticed about this ale was the strong alcohol smell. The taste had the same - strong alcohol. Took awhile to warm up to me. Then it kicked my butt. Perfect for a single digit night.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Pours a cloudy orange amber with tan head. The aroma is fruity, plummy, ginger, orangey hint. The flavor is great with fruity notes upfront (apricot, figs) with a minty undertone. There’s also evident gingery spicyness. Has a slightly sweet background, toffeeish, with a later alcohol flavor and a late dry bitterness. Not very drinkable. thegreenrooster (4373) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Pour is orange with a soft white head. Aroma is super sweet with great fruits and malts used. Flavor is a bit dark fruit with a malty undertone. Hops are present and so is the alcohol but not in a bad way. Finish is a bit hot from the alcohol but again nothing that will knock your socks off. A very nicly done barley wine. Will definatly warm you during the cold months. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
Dark copper body with a white head. Loads of alcohol, hops and caramel malts in the nose with some woody notes. Sweet, thick and boozy especially as it goes down. Complex, messy and somewhat over the top. RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle at Magic_dave6’s disco dance tasting. Orange red, thin white film. Nose is antiseptic, white sprit. Some hop. Mouth is sweet, alcoholic, sweet malty hop, harsh and warming. Coating and a nice fruity goodness. Good, but not a return visit due. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Poured a really nice looking apricot orange color with an orange tan head. Aroma immediately reminded me of port wine. Raisins and prunes. I did not know that it had been conditioned on dates and figs, but that makes perfect sense now. There was a lot of fruit on the nose of this beer, but it was fighting tooth and nail with the alcohol. I would definitely go for the alternative option on this beer. Let it age, let the alcohol astringency mellow, and this has the potential to be one hell of a beer. Will definitely revisit.