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 (1200) - 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. 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 BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Full palate.. as in full of garbage. No, that was harsh, the full flavored cream/ sweet malt presence to balance the 15%. Some funk in the nose, also a sweet profile. Definitely can tastes the sweet dates and figs.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Obvious fig and date aroma although it didn’t pop out and say it was conditioned on figs and dates, it was the normal dried fruit aroma found in a barlywine. poured a dark tan with about a quarter inch of head, that didn’t hang around for long probably because of the high abv. flavor was good up front lots of dried fruit with earthy character from the yeast, some caramel and melanoidins. Melanoidins have to be from a long boil if this is truly 100% Marris Otter. In the middle it gets kind of medicinal and boozy mixing with the figgy taste, which was okay. Finish was mostly alcohol with other flavors from earlier intermingled. Not my favorite, but not bad. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours dark orange/brown color with modest off-white head that dissipates quickly.
Nose has mixed fruit such as canteloupe, peach, and hops. Maple & caramel are present also.
Palate has a lot of alcohol warmth, more dark fruit, malt sweetness, and mouth puckering hops at the end. Maple & caramel come through also, maybe some fig newtons.
Very slow drinking. More fruit oriented in flavors and aroma compared to most barleywines. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Bottle from Sam’s. Deep amber pour with quickly receding off-white head. Interesting nose with caramel malts and lots of dark fruits and perhaps even some melon notes. Some prune in there. The date and fig are definitely present, with the former coming through quite strongly. A bit too sweet and the alcohol burn increased as I got into it. Nearly syrupy palate. This bottle was about 6-8 months old, I think (it would be nice for DFH to date these beers); perhaps in another few months this might be better. Interesting, but I’m actually feeling a bit sick to my stomach after about 1/3 of this beer due to the overwhelming sweetness. Maybe I’ll just smell this beer for the rest of the evening and drink something else. bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Thanks to miked for providing bottle. Pours amber, aroma of dried fruits, sugar. Flavor is mostly raisin and molasses. dogfish120love (1339) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Huge brown and candied sugar with a slight medicinal aroma. Overly sweet medicinal.