Hardtack - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
Reviewed on 3/14/2011 at the Brewpub in Rehoboth.
Appearance: Ruby Red with a 1 finger white head
smell: tart, cherries, booze
taste: tart, semi-sweet, cherries
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, creamy smooth texture
drinkability: a unique rendition of a barleywine. It's very smooth for its style but definitely a sipper at 10% ABV.
03-14-2011 23:51:36 | More by THECPJ
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance: hazy amber color with a nice 1" head that fell quickly.
Smell: malt sweetness, cherries, alcohol, and a nice floral aroma was very pleasant for the nose.
Taste: nice maltiness with some sour cherries, some sweeter fruits, and a very floral flavor. Bitterness is moderate, and the alcohol is warming. There is also a red wine-like finish here.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.
Overall: this beer was aged from 2011, and it was one of the better barleywines I have had in a long time. Slow sipping, but extremely enjoyable and complex.
03-17-2012 18:40:37 | More by Gavage
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Review from notes. Had on tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth. Enjoyed with ShanePB!
A: Served in a goblet. The beer was slightly hazy ruby color with a small, off-white head. Decent head retention and moderate lacing.
S: A very deep fruit aroma of cherries and other red fruits. Some caramelized sugars, bruised apples, and slight hint of alcohol.
T: The cherry and raspberry come through nicely on the flavor profile. Quite sweet for an english barleywine. The backend is dominated by some caramelized sugar, molasses, and raisins. There is a slight tartness to it and no sign of booze at all.
M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Extremely smooth drinking.
O: Really good. A barleywine that I would love to be able to get all the time. The cherries gave it a really nice flavor and this was dangerously drinkable.
05-04-2011 20:02:03 | More by mdaschaf
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
Served on-tap at the Rehoboth Beach Pub on 3/19/11 into a 10 ounce snifter.
A: Cloudy ruby red, thin beige head with quick dissipation while leaving a healthy cap sip through swallow.
S: Mellow berries - raspberry, cherry and some elderberry - with a sweet caramelized malt base. Some lactic infected wild notes and a hint of alcohol come through as it warms.
T: Overall muted but very enjoyable. Nothing bold jumps out, instead each of the flavors are blended very well. More fruity notes, namely raspberry and cherry come through, while any notion of alcohol is left out of the picture. A very minor funk is here, though nothing to qualify this as having a noticeable tart quality.
Considering the hefty 10% ABV tag, this feels nothing like it. I've had many Barleywines in the past that can't do anything to brush off the alcohol notes, but the Hardtack manages to do so. Seriously drinkable, even if you hate Barleywines. An outstanding spin on the Barleywine. Get this while you can.
03-21-2011 12:55:33 | More by ShanePB
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
tap at Rehoboth.
Pours a rosey hazy amber color with a thin white head with decent retention.
Smells of very mild hops and sweet apples.
Tastes of sweet apples and cherries with some hop bitterness and a bit of liquor like flavor, rum or bourbon.
Medium sticky mouth with fizzy carbonation.
Good tasty sweet barleywine, the cherries really come through and make it pleasant and easy to drink, but the hops are a welcome balance to the sweetness. All the flavors are appropriately moderate.
03-27-2011 00:17:31 | More by Cylinsier
Hardtack from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.