Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) '02: Light bread/grain aroma, good sized head on a red-brown body. A very mellow barleywine in both the malts and hops. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2004
Dark redbrown with beige head.
Alcoholic aroma with tones of amine and smoke.
Hoppy flavour with alcohol tones. Sweet with long bitterness.
Burt where is power. This is as weak as a toothless tiger. Truly a beginners barley. Barley wine should be no holds barred period DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This beer was had on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004, although the listing shows that their batch was a 10.2% alcohol by volume offering. This beer poured a reddish mahogany color with a thin creamy white head with minimal lacing and a decent amount of visible carbonation. The aroma was very astringently fruity! Oranges and nectar were right in your face in the nose with a slight hint of hops. The aroma was not the easiest thing in the world to figure out and it might be worth a re-rate on that note alone. The flavor is sweet with finishes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and a slight hint of spices in the finish...a pinch ginger or peppery. Extremely sweet finish as it warmed and aside from a fruity ester or two it became incredibly one-sided in its dimensions. It ended fairly grapey and vinous but only after it had warmed considerably and become a completely different beer. Ompher has it correct that this beer is definitely all over the place...perhaps a little aging and an addition of actual hops might add some depth to this beer. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
poured into a snifter glass to show a red blood color,some head tried to creep up but it didnt happen.i was given an aroma of mostly caramel malts,and a little cherries.i was a bit let down with the flavor.it was a little basic and bland.caramel malts,butterscotch,and alcohol dominated this breer.i personally think it was missing the hop bite.just a little to flat for me. marcus (10575) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Sampled at Sacramento Brewing Barleywine Festival. This dark amber ale poured with a thin off-white head. The flavor is nutty and fruity with a more bitter finish - too many bittering hops for a BW. Overall, however, this was a pleasant chewy drink.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Darkest brown BW that I’ve ever had. Thin yellowish head that fades to nothing. Smells like a spiced winter ale cold and when it warms it smells sweet malty and hoppy. Tastes of big time red fruits and sweet hops. Thick mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. Could use more carb. Ehhh. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottle at home - Tasting. Cloudy amber/brown - offwhite head. High malty, red berries, sweetness, roasted malts, ryebread, ok bitterness. Dedollewaitor (16357) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
Bottle @ J & C’s, Ulfborg. Thanks. Pours unclear amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is sweet of alcohol, caramel and fruit. Smooth and full bodied. Quite sweet. Warmth. Lack complexity. Ok shigadeyo (3766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2005
5/11/2011: Marlin Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale... Aroma: Milk chocolate and red wine; infected? Appearance: Deep brown color; opaque; beige crown. Flavor: Caramel maltiness that is a bit overshadowed by red wine nuances and some bourbony alcohol; some sort of berry is definitely evident in the middle of this beer; no real bitterness; chocolate undertones and dark fruit throughout; bourbon lingers in the background but becomes more evident as the beer warms. Palate: Medium-full; creamy and smooth with a bit of weight. Overall: Seems a bit off; maybe better described as a [wine] barrel-aged Old Ale or Brown Ale...
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months; Alcohol 9% by Volume) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #214 for this beer.
Very sweet aroma, almost sickeningly so. Nice dark coloring, combining almost no head with a very nice mahogony color. Very sweet flavor, much more than I was expecting. Doesn’t show the alcohol, which is nice, but the flavor is a little overpowering for me. Doesn’t really compare with the Full Sail barleywine.