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Dick's Barley Wine - Dick's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%

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 -58.6%
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.,

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 23:17:44 | More by Docer
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1.68/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 04:09:27 | More by ChadQuest
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2.08/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 21:47:40 | More by geographie
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2.73/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:28:36 | More by nsabo
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 18:34:55 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 08:22:41 | More by warmstorage
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 23:08:19 | More by beertunes
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:17:10 | More by Smurf2055
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 04:18:04 | More by snaotheus
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 06:20:31 | More by czechsaaz
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3.48/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 17:19:53 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 01:44:13 | More by BlaiseDemon
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 20:25:07 | More by david18
Photo of NWer


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 19:27:40 | More by NWer
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 09:06:06 | More by ccrida
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:17:48 | More by doughanson78
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 05:20:12 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:24:53 | More by hoppymeal
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 05:07:09 | More by HochFliegen
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 00:22:28 | More by woemad
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 05:41:21 | More by PlaywrightSam
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottling provided by Weefishheads long ago and aged a year in my cellar. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a single finger, large bubbled, light yellow head. The sediment was retained in the bottle, and, I must say, I have *never* seen so much yeast in the bottom of a bottle of beer. Crystal clear beauty red-amber liquid with some bubble streams racing to the surface. Kinda unusual for a barleywine, but this beer looks delicious. Smells of caramel, toasted grains, soured citrus hops, and alcohol (with fusel notes). Raisins soaked in cheap rum. Taste is rich in caramel and toasted grains. Toffee and fruity esters, including raisins and dates. The esters are carried high in the mouth by an edgy alcohol that appears during the swallow. The aftertaste starts somewhat alcohol bitter and soured malt (somewhat cherry-like). I wonder if some of this might be tannins. Anyway, a strong revival of the caramel jumps in to counter this in dramatic fashion. The caramel is short-lived compared to the long-lasting bitter dry that's left in my mouth. Body is thick and the carbonation is a bit stronger than I'd like for this style. As the beer has warmed I've noticed a very light chocolate flavor on the upper-back of the roof of my mouth.

There's alot going on with this beer. Not all of it entirely pleasing, but I really enjoyed the challenge of picking this one apart. A nice Friday evening activity...now it's time for something I won't have to take notes on.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 05:17:18 | More by mentor
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 04:09:03 | More by lifeboyq
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dick’s Barley Wine is one of the newest offerings from this growing brewery from Centralia, Washington. Situated roughly 60 miles south of Seattle, Washington, or about the mid-way point between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, Dick’s has quickly garnered a fairly decent following amongst beer drinkers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps best known for some of its over the top hoppy ales, they venture down the popular Barley Wine road with this newbie offering – available in both 12oz bottles and 750ml bombers – but in doing so, add a new twist on the age old genre.

I’ve been drinking plenty of Barley Wine over the past several months and find Dick’s to be amongst the lightest in the hop arena. Although there is considerable hop factor, particular for those who aren’t “Hop Heads,” it pales considerably in the hop department. Dick’s IPA is known for its hops, and yet their Barley Wine – a style known for high hop counts – really isn’t over the top as one might expect. Having said that, where it misses in the hop factor, it makes up for in overall taste and enjoyment. Dick’s Barley Wine is very drinkable (carefully), but with its 10%abv, is quite unassuming at first. It seems to pack a little extra alcohol punch in comparison to similar 10%abv brews (eg. anything from Hair Of The Dog).

Pours a deep ruby red color, minimal head but a strong high collar and plenty of lacing (lots of lacing in comparison to most Barley Wines). Ever so slightly cloudy with very fine suspended particulate, it is relatively clear for the style.

As for this Barley Wine’s aroma, there’s plenty of malty sweetness packed in this bouquet. Toffee/Caramel sweetness, pungent orange accents, a slight hint of wheat (ala Hefeweizens) and a even a slighty nutty essence like many brown ales.

Taste wise, this one follows the aroma extremely well. The bigger the sip, the more malty the effect, the smaller the sip the more the tingly hoppy characteristics come through. This is still a hoppy brew, but in comparison to some of its counterparts in the marketplace right now, this one is considerably less hoppy than most Barley Wines. Interestingly enough there’s a fair amount of wheat texture and flavor coming through on each sip. The brew claims to use a malted wheat in the rendition, which would equate for that characteristic.

An enjoyable brew any way you slice it. Prost!!

[ STATS:>> 12 oz bottle / ABV: 10.0% / PRICE: $ 2.19 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 17:37:09 | More by 49degrees
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle (listed at 9.9%) into a Unibroue tulip. Allowed to warm to ~45F.

Pours a semi-viscous, dark mahogany & amber body into the glass. A few tiny wisps of yeast swirl throughout an active carbonation level. The head is a rich manila-khaki hue, very well-retained, and leaves a thick ring of sparkly lacing. Aroma is solid, but a bit on the cloyingly sweet side, with fruity notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit backed by a big presence of caramel malts.

The flavor is both in-your-face and complex. Starts out with a thorough lashing of resinous, pine-laden hops, quickly giving way to chewy, thick caramel and toffee from the malt. Hot, boozy, medicine-like alcohol notes trickle down the back of the throat, lingering well longer than necessary. The body is syrupy and far too heavy on the palate, although a spritzy carbonation level gives some life to the thickness. Aftertaste is full of spicy, resinous hop notes as well as booze. This beer is a SIPPER---no other way around it. If given the chance, I'd probably give this a few years to mellow out in my cellar before opening it, as it's a bit "green around the collar" for a barleywine. Still, though, it's a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:31:00 | More by wagenvolks
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Dick's Barley Wine from Dick's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.