HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, - JAN 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. At Coles (Buffalo). Poured clear copper with an average foamy-creamy off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, turpentine, light roast malt, plenty of hop bitterness. Flavour of strong hardwood and alcohol, burnt pine resin hops making for an extremely long, bitter finish, somewhat unbalanced. Mouthfeel is syrupy, flat and harshly alcoholic - this isn’t bad but needs more malt to balance and perhaps fresher, less harsh hops.
b3shine (3506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks decent; light for a BW though. A completely transparent burnt orange with off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid beer.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Taps 25, Lansing. Hazy medium orange-brown body, medium dense creamy beige head. Toasty nose with brown sugar and citrus peel hops. Potent body, lots of brown sugars, caramel, and candied malt, backed by vigorous but not dominant citrusy hops. Very sweet, the sugars in conjunction with the citrus peel notes becoming cloying.
Strykzone (4196) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Caramel in color with a tan head that leaves layers of lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit and toffee. Nice. This is a bit harsh in the flavor and that is always a negative for me. It is also hot with that ABV coming through. There is all kinds of toffee in here and it is tasty.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma contains lots of citrus notes like lemons with some caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is a bit boozy backed up with a ton of hops. There is a malt character hanging around. This is almost like a 50/50 American and English Barleywine split. Overall a little confused but drinkable.
superspak (1899) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy red-orange color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, floral, pine, light nuttiness, and toasted/floral earthiness; with some light spicy alcohol. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, floral, pine, nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, pine, raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruit flavors; with an excellent bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine. All around great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity notes; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
'11 draft. The pour is hazy with almost a reddish tint. The aroma is mostly oak and some carmel. The taste is a little thin. A decent american barleywine, but nothing too special.
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Vinnygny (6) - Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very nice copper color. Strong yet balanced flavor. Very good. Very strong at 10%ABV
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SSBSS (13) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing head and biscuity, caramel flavor. Sweet aroma but bitter finish, very well balanced.
sloshgator (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blue Point Old Howling Bastard is a beer to be drank slowly, and at 10%, you will want to. Fresh aroma of caramel. Pour is light brown with scant head. Taste has some nice hop character but must be drank slowly to detect it, otherwise, you just get an alcohol bite. Old Howling Bastard is a decent barley wine. I am not a big fan of the style, but this one is pretty good as they go.
meast (7) - Milan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet hoppy reddish full head wheaty. Not exactly like I thought it would be, but drinkable.