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Dick's Barley Wine - Dick's Brewing Company

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 4
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:
Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-25-2003

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 74
Photo of Smurf2055
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a good haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipates somewhat rapidly: par for the style. Not bad, overall.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a good, malty character. The overall effect is somewhat fruity, with a light orchardy quality (but not so far as to be cidery). A clean citrusy character is also provided by the hops; altogether it's quite good.

Taste: sweet malt with a good dank barleywine quality. Fruitiness comes in toward the end, along with a dusty character. Bitterness is moderate, but bright, citrusy hop flavors are also present. I rather like this beer.

Mouthfeel: big body with a well-integrated carbonation and very nice, silky smooth creaminess. Wonderful.

Overall: a very good beer indeed. The alcohol is a little hot, which impedes drinkability a little bit, but really this is quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
1.7/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of nsabo
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark red ruby color with nill head and lace that holds fairly true to the style. Smell is rich in heavy malts and dark fruits and light alchohol aroma. Taste has sweet rich malts, dark fruits and a good balance of hops with a little alchohol hidding in the background. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium with good viscosity that balances with the carbonation. Not a bad barley wine at all, real enjoyable.

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Photo of Docer
1.64/5  rDev -56.1%
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.,

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 06/23/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

Note: I don't know age of beer, but tasted like a barley with 1-2 years under it's belt.

A: very dark for a barley wine. No head, no bubbles. Bing cherry red. Great clarity. Visible sediment at bottom of bottle.

S: Deep, thick, caramel, vanilla, slight port wine aroma, touch of chemical. Smells aged; bottle doesn't indicate bottle date. Hint of praline at end of smell.

T: Good hop balance with low bitterness. Warm, nice burnt caramel flavor. Very appreciatable.

M: medium body, fills mouth with slight burn of carbonation.

D: Very nice beer. Planning for a purchase of more of the beer, and will age it for a couple years. For only $2/bottle, this is a great value!

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Photo of industrialswill
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with minimal head.
Smells of roasted malt, fruit cake and hops.
Taste is dominated by malty sweetness but there is a subtle hoppy finish.
Quite a nice beer. The alcohol level is in keeping with the style, but it would be nice if this brew could be made with all the flavor, just with less potency.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark reddish-amber color
Smell: Aromas of raisins and hops, but not very overpowering
Taste: Hint of malty sweetness with some fruit and caramel flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Seemed a bit sour for this style of beer.
Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to drink for a barley wine

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Photo of snaotheus
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.

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Photo of david18
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Round 2 of "Galt's Broke Cellar Diving Project" continues tonight.. Picked this up at Belmont Station the last time I was in Portland.

Poured 1/2 the bottle into my Delirium goblet... Nearly no head develops... a 1/4" develops with a nice swirl.. no cap.. only spots of lace.. the brew is a deep mahogany with ruby highlites.

Nose is dominated by toasty malts and thick caramel... only hints of American citrus hops really show... a bit of roasted malt show as it warms up.

Flavor is much more akin to an English BW than a standard PNW BW in my mind.. malts are the main player with hoppy bitterness at the front and only a tad of citrus/pine mid palate.. finish lingers with some fruity esters and caramel...

Body is lighter than most .... carbonation seems about right.

Pretty descent BW... I would buy it if I could ... would be good for a nice cheap BW fix.


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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep mahogany wood color in the middle fading into a dark ruby color on the edges. Nose is overwhelmingly of fruit and malt at first but after it warms a bit a more balanced smell arises. Taste is quite malty, almost liquor-ish, leaving a warming hit. Nice hops and great malts. The 9.9 ABV does it well.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking brew. It is a rich rosewood and keeps a silky beige head with excellent lace. The nose has a good amount of residual sugars, but also nicely balanced hops. A bit of young alcohol. Flavor profile also well balnced from bittering hops to candy malts. Full body suits the style perfectly. This is definately a sipper that really opens up at cellar temp and above. Should age very well. Great hoppy barley wine.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Slight bready & piney notes, not much else

T: Pineyness, some breadyness & fruityness ( a mix of dates, apricots & peaches ) up front. Slight boozeyness, some cherry stones, dryness & oaky vanilla, some smokeyness, toffee& leafy, plus piney hops as this warms. Finishes with tangerine fruittyness, boozey dryness& Madeira notes & pralines, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Chewy with good balance & low carbonation, pretty warming

Drank pretty good for the style & ABV & complexity , went down well on a raw April night in Colorado. A pretty righteous American Barley Wine!

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Photo of warmstorage
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.

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Photo of faernt
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is from May 2003. I bought it at Bottleworks in Seattle. I long ago drank the others I bought then. I recall I thought enough of them to save this last one. Here we go.

It pours with a slight hiss and skimmy head. The color is dark rust. It looks like rust; clear rust. The sediment in the bottle showed up as I poured and I stopped to drink it instead of pouring it into the glass. It was slightly bitter, with a taste of sweetness.

The nose is English and the taste is all blended together with an aftertaste of slight sweetness. This is a balanced beer. It continues to taste "English" to me. I mean that no individual component jumps out. It means that the flavors do not separate and offer one flavor over another. It remains balanced and integrated. I applaud Dick's for an offering that is respectful.

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Photo of ccrida
3.61/5  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.

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Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up on the 4s, me lads! A very decent beer and HS was the price ever right! Dang! Very decent... I'd drink this every day. And a bottle at a time (12oz, thank you) that would go over fine. Not outstanding, but very decent. Good overall balance, sweetness, bitterness, body, color, head, aroma... Really, I can't insist enough, this is a very decent beer. To be awesome in the category I'd probably like a bit more body, a bit more bitterness, a bit more opacity. But, really, I'm liking this and the value is incredible!

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Dick's Barley Wine from Dick's Brewing Company
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