My favorite of all the barleywines I've tried. The higher-than-normal alcohol content is masked by the bold, yet well-balanced body. I buy enough of this to last me through the spring and into the summer!
Great beer from Dogfish Head. Their goal was the recreate traditional English brewing where fruit would be inserted into flat kegs to kick back up the fermentation and recarbonate the beer.
Besides that, I've tried two varieties of this beer. The first time I tasted it, it was fresh out of the brewery into a snifter. While the flavors were very sweet, fruity, and malty, the alcohol was a bit too noticeable for my taste (hard to avoid at 15% ABV). However, about a year later, I attended a Dogfish Extreme Beer Dinner at Busy Bee in Raleigh. There, the main course was served with a 2004 version of this beer and the experience was completely different. The alcohol had mellowed into a dryness that effectively offset the alcohol sweetness and fruit flavors that were in the younger variety.
Overall this is a very good beer, but the difference between the young beer and one aged (even a year I bet would do wonders) makes it worth the wait. So pick up a bottle now and sit on it for a while.
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