Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Dogfish Head | Tags: barley, bitter, brilliant, brown sugar, coriander, dust, hazelnut, intricate, lemon, marigold, nice, oats, parsley, persistent head, rind, sharp, spectacular, strong, syrup, wheat
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt)
Size: 12 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 97
Aural: quiet opening, very little carbonation, easy pour
Aroma 9 out of 10
Malt Aroma: grain alcohol
Hops Aroma: dust, rind, bitters
Other Aroma: lemon
Notes: aroma is deceiving – It’s strong, different than most any other scent, but hard to place.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A very nice looking ale, and one of the few I’ve seen at this alcohol content with good lacing.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Malt Flavor: wheat, barley, oats, brown sugar, hazelnut, syrup
Hops Flavor: marigold, coriander, parsley, lemon
Notes: A brilliant flash of inspiration with the flavor rush. It takes a moment to hit, in an amazing control over the 11% abv. So very well balanced, and so much more so than the 120 minute IPA. It’s phenomenal.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy warming
Notes: A wonderfully deep finish.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: One of the finest controls over alcohol content I’ve ever experienced. You expect to be thrown down and ravaged, and instead, you’re invited out for dinner and a movie. Spectacular.
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