mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Being a fan of "big sippin’ beers" I figured this 15% Barley Wine was a deal at $3.49. After all WWS and 120 Minute command a $7+ price tag. However, on my first sip I realized why. Even at 15% this brew just really doesn’t have the muscle and complexity of the aforementioned two.
Pours with a orange-gold color. Maintains a thin white head. The alcohol tends to really dominate the aroma and flavor with some ripe peach, apricot and white grape in the background. Would greatly benefit from some crystal malts added to the grist since the malt profile is a bit tame here. Don’t perceive the dark fruits (dates,figs) as the product description espouses.
Finish shows some moderate flavorful hop profile, but is also a bit solvent in nature. Overall mouthfeel and palate is a bit on the thin side. Kinda disappointed with this one from DogfishHead. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Love the label and instructions for burying it. Smells very malty! Could be a little better balanced with a bit more hops, but i am a hophead. A good barley wine. Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Considering that this is a Dogfish Head product, I thought this was a little timid. Orange, no head. Not cloyingly sweet, and citrus hop flavors dominate. There was a very oily mouthfeel. Maybe it would be better with some age (not to say it was bad now) sloth (2919) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Hazy copper color.Short lived whiteish/gray head.Fruity, grapey nose.Full bodied brew.Flavors of wine,honey and fruit.Sweet all the way through.How bout some more bittering hops?Cant wait to bury my bottle!? YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Copper body with little if any head. Sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet, fruity taste. The bottle suggests burying this and coming back in a year to drink it. I have two buried in my cellar and maybe it will rate better next year. Must say that DFH does try interesting things.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with little head. Not much in the way of aroma. Boozy and crisp taste. I'm not getting the dates and figs, and I'm not picking up on any other complex flavors. Full and round mouthfeel. Dry finish for a barley wine. Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
Fruity aroma. A bit monotonous taste. Alcoholic finish. Very sweet palate. The 15 % alcohol is abvious. I coud imagine the taste would improve if it was matures for a couple of years. Don’t believe in beer holes. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours too light for a barleywine. It was a plain orange/ light amber color wtih a thin head which dissipated fast. Why would you make a barleywine with only pale malt? I like a fair amount of crystal malt in a barleywine for a good sweet backbone. It is even more confusing becuase this is so strong- it leaves hardly any malt backbone to stand up agaisnt the hops and alcohol. The body suffers becuase of this as well- as this one comes out too thin. The hops arent even that pronounced either. I dont know what the deal is with this beer, but I didnt like it very much, and I really doubt that this will get better with age. Maybe the best thing to do would be to stick this one in a hole but instead of memorizing where you put it- you should try to forget it. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
Orange coloured. Alcohol and caramel aroma. Very sweet and rather alcoholic flavour. Unbalanced. paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2005
My least favorite offering from Dogfish. The pour was thick and had very little head.The aroma was of alcohol and carmel, with a hint of dried fruit. The taste was sickly sweet with a strong alcohol overtone. If you let this beer get to room temperature, and you can distinguish it from turpentine, you are a better man than me. I will probably truy again to confirm my dislike.