hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a deeper reddish / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, oranges, citrus and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, citrus, fruity, and toffee. Light alcohol finish.
Sammy (8581) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a bit of white head. Roast in aroma with various oatmeal, barley, complex aroma. Medium mouthfeel that was nicely malted adding to drinkability. Some licorice and mollasses and chocolate malt.An enjoyable barleywine that had depth and taste and one I would not hesitate to ahve again.. Malts: Rahr Pilsner, Crisp Crystal, Crisp Munich. Hops: Northern Brewer and Crystal
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours bronze colored and cloudy with a thin head that does not last. Aromas of wheat and root beer. Very sweet. Hops are there, but do not come close to balancing out this beer. This is an ok sipping beer now, but I fear what will happen by the end of the bottle.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at HDG. Dark brown beer with white head. Aroma is quite fruity smelling over the dark plummy malts, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet earthy/woody hop aroma. Sweet toasted malts. Flavour of toasted nuts and dried fruits. Whole wheat bready sweetness. Leans to sweet rather than hoppy.
jtclockwork (8263) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with tan head. Nose of fig, brown sugar and grain. Taste of fig, dark fruits, brown sugar and a sweet papaya finish. Good mouthfeel.
Dogbrick (8023) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 02/16/2012. This brew pours a hazy brown color with a medium beige head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted nuts, grassy hops and caramel. Full-bodied and smooth with flavors of doughy malt, caramel, hops and nuts. The finish is roasty with a lingering burnt malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 batch. muddy rusty red. heavy caramel malt nose. sweet, thick and chewy up front. oxidation most noticeable in the finish: syrupy, sticky malt extract / stale bread crust. yeast is a bit dirty and chalky.
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Hazy ruby pour with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, cherry, some oaky bourbony notes, and some earthy peaty notes. Tastes rich, very malty, with a heavy fig and cherry fruit bill, plus some cognac, cabernet, and peppery citrus notes. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and gains a spirity quality like a cognac/cabernet hybrid, as such.
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm)
On August 23, 2008
Clody copper to dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, sirup, alcohol, caramel scent. Also lacitc. Sweet and bitter taste. Caramel and roasted, som alcohol as well. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Also "Melissa officinalis" (citronmeliss) and licorice.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized base malts and subdued dried fruitiness colour the chewy body of this moderately-hopped, efficient Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy reddish-amber.
-The fruitiness recalls a berry mix.
-Alcohol is well positioned; present but amicable to the flavor profile.
-This is no world-stirring Barley Wine at this stage in its evolution, but it provides a pleasant sipping nonetheless.
Bottle; 2006 vintage.