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. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Bottle: dark amber, almost maroon-like in color, cloudy & muddled with a small, off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin collar. Aroma is strong; dried, dark figs, raisins, plums, all soaked in alcohol. Boozy with sweet caramelized sugar all around. Taste is caramel & toffee malt up front, sticky & sweet with lots of figs, plums, & other dark fruits. Alcohol is very warming & very apparent. Hint of licorice in the back-end with some dry, ashy, & lightly floral hops leaving a bitter presence in the aftertaste along with brown sugar, toffee, & dates. Syrupy body, very thick. Not a bad barleywine at all, especially in the 4-pack format. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle from Tipples. Pours orange with a small off white head. Aroma of booze, sweet caramel, figs, fruits. Big and sweet. Flavor is also huge sweetness, fruit flavors, honey and caramel, booze, and a little more booze. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, hot on the throat. This was decent enough I guess. Wouldn’t pay the $5 or $6 again for a bottle again though.
Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Sweet malty aromas mix with fig and fruit come from this cloudy red orange brew. A full body sweet figgy taste comes with the alcohol taste and burn mixes with the bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad for a barley wine even though the color isn't what I expected. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
hmmm, something off here-way to sweet and definately not hoppy. appearance was definately not that great either Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2003
Blazing golden brown. You can tell by the colour that only pale malts were used, but I wouldn't have guessed Maris Otter. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Fading leafy hop on the left. Too simple to be a top-flight barley wine. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Looks like a great beer. Amber colored, pours with large white head. Taste of figs, and twigs. Finish is terrible, very metallic and slightly acidic. I've got another bottle, I hope it improves with age, but I doubt it. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Thick amber liquid with a smaller lid of cream colored bubbles. Light fruity notes, similar to a triple, a hint of floral soap as well. Sweet honey flavors. Raisins and overripe plums. Light alcohol in the finish along with a touch of gut warming. Too sweet and not much character.