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Dick's Barley Wine - Dick's Brewing Company

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-25-2003)
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Photo of Docer
1.55/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Snagged a 6-pack of this at a whole foods here. Nice to see a barleywine in a 6-pack and in smaller bottles. 2nd bottle from the 6-pack. The first I had last night was absolutely terrible.. funky, and wasn't even close to 9.9% alc. by volume. Hope this goes better...

- Nice dark rich clear copper brown with an off-white finger of head quickly down to a creamy thin layer and a large ring of lace. It's pretty at least.

- Grainy, bready.. light alcohol.. smells rather green though.. perhaps not fermented long enough. Light grassy hop, more caramel malt than anything... rather green and weak.

- Tart and green... this beer is infected, green.. pulled too early.. or something.. Aceto infection... it's pretty bad.

- Light to medium bodied.. though my beer is shot.

- Foul, sour, funky.. infected. Like my first homebrew. I had to pour it out, and toss the rest of the 6-pack. I wrote the brewery.,

Docer, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
1.68/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thick dense head, i have to call it frothy. The body is hazy and a brown with reddish hue.
The aroma is apple, green sour apple. Dark Fruits dont lend much help.
Flavor wise there is tannic pomegranate, dry toffee, all of which gets bowled over by green apple.
Mouthfeel is dry, medium-light body.

Another barleywine Slayed.

ChadQuest, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of geographie
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

8oz. snifter.

mild psst upon opening. Very clear copper colored brew pours with minimal head formation. Head doesn't stick around, in both senses. Smell is yeasty, carbon dioxide-y, mild malts, and fruity - think juicy juice. Very fine bubbles form on the edges of the glass.

whoa. taste is bitter the whole way through. The flavor is very sharp on the palate - Yeast very present, although unfortunately so. The sweet, complex malty front is almost entirely missing on this barleywine. On the other hand, the 10 percent abv is well masked. Flavor improves a little with warmth.

Mouthfeel is nice, the superfine carbonation lends to a nice coating around the mouth, not too syrupy at all - the beer lingers just long enough, now if only the flavor was worth it!

Personally the beer makes me a little sick. I appreciate the solid craftsmanship, excellent presentation, etc - this just isn't one of those fireside brews you want to cherish all night. Not a beer i'd have more than one a night, or year for that matter.

geographie, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of nsabo
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin, oily mouth; not a very syrupy, heavily malted barleywine like I prefer. Despite its oily mouthfeel, this finishes dry. I taste piney hops, a faint but lingering Belgian yeast taste, and some caramel. Fairly carbonated. Awesome to find a barleywine in a 6 pack, but this is a forgettable example of the style.
This is the third beer I’ve had from this brewery and I have yet to be impressed. Both their beers and artwork are redolent of a homebrewer who is still trying to figure things out, but is happy to share the product with others in the meantime.

nsabo, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of artoolemomo
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

artoolemomo, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 2/6/2010. Bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours a clear brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet malt, booze, molasses, raisins. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and lots of residual sugars. Ugh, so sweet and completely lacking in complexity. This was difficult to drink.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of warmstorage
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obatined in a great trade with ccrida. Thanks!

12 ounce bottle, no dating or vintage evident.

Appearance: deep hazy chestnut brown, almost opaque. Very limited light beige head leaves significant dispersed lacing.

Aroma: super fruity esters, some stonefruit, and a light sand/clean earth.

Taste: deep fruity yeasty esters, light bittersweet chocolate. A little sour, a little flat, very slightly metallic perhaps? Distinct earth/soil to it.

Mouth: Crisp and fairly carbonated, and slightly slick.

Overall: Basically drinkable, but thick, and kind of muddled: both taste and texture-wise. Kind of sour. Not bad, but... not great.

warmstorage, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy, translucent mahogany color with just a thin ring of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, sweet malts and some yeast spice. The alcohol had a noticeable component, it wasn't as hidden as in some other examples. The flavors were pretty much the same, malts, yeast spice and alcohol.

The body was average as well, perhaps even a bit stickier than normal. The beer did go down fairly smooth though. Drinkability was pretty good, for the style, although the sticky-sweet body started to become a bit bothersome. Overall, a fairly nice, although average, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, but probably not worth any big effort to find.

beertunes, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Smurf2055
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a four way blind tasting of barleywine.

Pours a dark copper color with minimal head and decent carbonation.

Smell is spicy, kind of like a winter warmer. Red fruit smell.

Taste is pretty fruity, and more hopped, but it was a pretty one-dimensional barley wine. Weakest of the four.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours thick like molasses, very little head, deep dingy brown-gray in color. Smell is rich and full of alcohol, lots of malty thickness, some licorice.

Taste is a little sweet and strangely hollow, a little dirty dishwater taste, strong alcohol taste, but surprisingly not astringent. Licorice and a mild bitterness come through.

Mouthfeel is flattish and somewhat thin. More drinkable than I would have expected based on the rest of my description, mostly because the sweetness is offset by the alcohol.

snaotheus, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of czechsaaz
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep fruit and yeast aroma with a low amount of hops, mostly citrus notes from those hops. Some spicy notes from the yeast (I get cinnamon and maybe some clove phenols.)

Deep ruby colored with very low head. Some carbonation bubbles rising. Clear.

Starts off malty with a lot of fruity fermentation character. I get cherries and grapes and maybe some plum flavors. Hop bitterness is fairly high keeping it in balance. There is some citrussy hop flavor mid-palate. I like the flavors but it's kind of one dimensional. There's not a lot of complex malt flavors or big hop complexity. It's mostly about the fermentation. Not bad, but not a blow away.

Full bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is medium and keeps it lively in the mouth.

For a barleywine and 10% it's pretty drinkable but that's not necessarily a good thing in a barleywine. I want to be impressed by the need to sip a barleywine and this one I could get through pretty quickly.

czechsaaz, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL.

2003 vintage.

Kind of a murky brown color with hints of a red hue around the edges. There seem to be no head. The aroma was mostly sweet with dark fruit and a hint of vinegar. The flavor had a sense of sweet red wine grapes along with a slight vinegar note. To help mask the vinegar was a decent amount of pine hops. All and all pretty smooth.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of MordorMongo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

MordorMongo, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of FederalOC
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

FederalOC, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of BlaiseDemon
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although I am not a big barley wine style explorer, the simple label and modest price grabbed me. I have had other barley wine style brews and feel this was average in comparison. I did not at first appreciate the yeast floating all through it, it seemed as though I had picked up a dirty glass at first, but as it settled, I realized that my last sip of the brew would offer some extra sustenance. A bit bitter but not overly so. Color was a nice fiery orange. The aroma was enticing but underscored the heavier fruit tastes the palate experienced. Overall I would recommend this to a newer taster of barley wine style brew like myself, if for nothing more than a good baseline with which to compare others of the same beverage. It finished smoothly despite the extra solids and delivered less of a punch than one would expect from a 10%.

BlaiseDemon, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of NWer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head for a high abv barleywine.
Settles nicely in my chalice. Nice dark appearance.
Taste is good enough but not mindblowing. Rather pedestrian for a barleywine, and given that it's one of my favorite styles, I have high expectations.
This is a good enough beer that is worth drinking when the price is right but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

NWer, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the rotating tap at Amsterdam Ales House in New York City. This beer is a little darker and maltier than I wanted it to be. Very dark in color with a lot of dark fruit flavor and aroma.

Not enough hops for my taste and the alcohol was a little strong tasting. In general, if you're on the east coast, it's worthing trying if you see it. Not my favorite Barleywine, however.

david18, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, Dick's BW is a dark garnett with a massive ivory head that leaves heavy lace. Served at cellar temp.

Smell is estery dark fruit and caramel, with a distinct 'freshness' to it, not in terms of young beer, but the fruity aroma, that's appealing. with a mineral like dryness. ABV is very well hidden

Taste is lacking depth and on the lighter side for a BW, the same esters and malt from the nose, on the sweeter side but with a firm bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high in term of ease of drinking, as it goes down like a much less beer. On the other hand, I generally drink BWs for their rich complexity, which this one is lacking.

ccrida, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of doughanson78
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep amber with a slight red tint. Maybe a half finger off white head that fades quick and leaves little lacing.

S: Not a lot of aroma. Mostly sweet caramel. Some cardboard aromas. A very deep but light vanilla aroma.

T: Caramel and vanilla upfront. Caramel continues throughout the mouth. Finishes with a nice nutty note and some alcohol.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: It's decent. Nothing special. For a $1.99 I'll give it a try.

doughanson78, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Bottle wasa workout to open. Keep some channel locks pliers and gloves handy. Plastic cap literally extricated with a “pup!” Rather single labeled plain 750 mL big boy with a punt in the bottom of the bottle.

Into a tulip with a standard turbid ruddy countenance, and ubiquitous thin ring collar around the edges. Some carbonated bubbles stick to the glass, but are released in short order.

Sugar & molasses nose of massive malt and huge hops aromatic ester monster. Spiced scents of raisins and grapes. Red licorice.

First Swigs: Fig juice. Dry Bisquik middle. Lingering finish of malt and hops brawl. Some table sugar sweetness overtakes the palate. A twinge of Dr. Pepper in there. Fig like hints and wood notes that remind me of Sam Adams Triple Bock oak. Once warmed out of a chill, the rummy awl-kee-hawl esters are pronounced.

Surprising soft gentle carbonation and medium bodied. Becomes a bit banged up in the awl-kee-hawl level towards the end.

Last Swigs: Pancake malts and rum torte dessert sugary syrup. A rather mellow BWSA especially for the big ole 10.0% ABV punch. This is available in 12 oz and 1 Pint 9.4 Fl oz. Sizes. Go for the 12 and you’ll get the idea! A bit off the revered SNBF mark.

Beer is good. Happy 10% Am BWSA beering.

blitheringidiot, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of hoppymeal
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy cola brown with a small light tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma is fruity malts, both some berry and grape aroma as well as some raisins, and a little malted milk powder sweetness. Taste is good size malt powder sweetness, little caramel and molasses, and hints of pruniness. A decent grassy and drying hop bitterness comes in towards the finish and blends with the warming light alcohol bite at the back of the throat. Medium to heavy body, fairly thick and full on the tongue. Very drinkable for the alcohol content, probably one i wouldn't age, think it'd be at its best when fresh.

hoppymeal, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.99. No freshness date. The label looks nothing like the one on BA, btw.

Poured a dark mahogany color with a big, creamy off-white head that took several minutes to drop. Spots and globs of lace.

This is the most malty smelling barleywine I've come across in a long time. I get spice and prunes notes from this.

Again, this is a malty take on the style. semi-sweet and bitter, dark fruit flavors are at the fore. There is a hop bitterness, but it's more in the background. There is a dryness at the swallow. Not unpleasant, but odd.

Medium bodied, with an oily, prickly mouthfeel.

Not at all what I was expecting. I guess this could be the anti-Bigfoot. While not unpleasant at all, it's a pretty weird drink for someone familiar with the style who's expecting a lot more hops.

woemad, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of HochFliegen
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a vibrant deep red with a thin whisp of foam.
Smell is very fruity almost prune like and a hint of green apple.
Taste is quite complex a burst of fruit and sweet nectar at first followed by a strong hop bite in the aftertaste. A slight alcohol taste in there as well very well hidden thought. Quite a powerfull brew and a great flavor IMO.

HochFliegen, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. A: Amber/mohagany with tons of thick creamy tan head that sticks around for a very long time. Lots of lacing. S: Lots of malt, caramel sweetness, some boozey spice in there, some darker fruit. Very sweet. T: For such an aggressively sweet smell, the taste is a bit on the bitter side for a barleywine. A bit sweet up front but the hops take over very quickly. M: Coarse, oily, pretty thickly carbonated. D: As I continue through the bottle, the balance seems to be a bit off. Though it definitely has a sweet character, but the bitter finish is a tad unpleasant and lasts quite a while. Could definitely benefit with some aging, I imagine. Interesting, but not something I will probably seek out again.

PlaywrightSam, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of lifeboyq
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was $1.50 at my local Whole Foods. Its hard to pass up a 9.9% ABV offering at that price (thats not some disgusting malt liquor offering) so i picked up a couple.

Poured into a Duvel tulip a deep amber brownish color with a half finger head that doesnt hold up too long. Smell is sweet astringent with some yeasty phenols, sugary, not much else.

Taste is slightly malty but fairly thin and not really much to it. This being said its really well balanced and not too bitter for my taste in barleywine. I think I'm partial to the sweet and caramel malt flavor and the mellowing out from the wheat and bit of bite from the not too much roasted barley. Even though its apparent that there are some high alpha hops in here, its still a nice and not too over powering IBU combination to the sweetness of the malts. This beer would balance out even better with a little down time.

Body and mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I'd like (raise your mash temp. Dick) for the style and its not really a complex offering and doesnt really change much with warming but tis still a nice flavor.

I think a different yeast offering would really do this beer wonders, but I'm here to review the beer not reconstruct it.

Drinkability is high to me for a 9.9% American Style Barleywine. I've read other reviews calling this an English Style Barleywine but in my opinion its really nothing of the sorts. The grain bill might be where its being considered English even though thats not where it should gain the distinction. The hop combination even though high alpha and not English at all though not egregious hyperbolic IBU levels to which some American craft brewers are taking Barleywines in combination with the yeast offering is entirely American. See BJCP Style Guidelines at bjcp.org for your own interpretation.

The real gem here is this offering for $1.50. There arent many beers that can compete with the quality for that price, IMO. I'll revisit

lifeboyq, Oct 19, 2007
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Dick's Barley Wine from Dick's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.