blklab2007 (1940) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle through recent trade. Pour has a very dark brown color bordering on black with basically no head and a somewhat still look in the glass. Aroma has rich malt, light roast, some complementing oxidation, brown sugar, brandy, and some barrel wood. Wow, a truly wondurful aroma with light fruited touches and such depth. Mouth feel is thick and oily and there is a slight bit of carbonation but not much. Flavor has plenty of malt, a bit more roast/smoke, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, barrels, and light bourbon. This is really complex and rich with a bit of heat at times warming you through the glass.
JaBier (4788) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Muckfest V on 7/12/14. Clear brown pour with no head. Aroma of booze, caramel and chocolate syrup. Malty and caramelly flavor with a boozy finish.
brkfamilmarina (1) - - JUL 13, 2014 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Matt jleer and bigjoos are week putrid smell and a tiny unsatisfied flav with no kick from mimi and hubby
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Hair of the Dog. Pour is deep brown, almost Merlot like with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Huge oaky, grapey, tannic, caramelized sugars, figs, sweet fruits and bourbon notes in the aroma. Taste is highly complex - smoke, licorice, dark grapes, leather, tannins, prunes, and wood leading to light heat on the finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very interesting beer and another winner from Hair of the Dog that can’t be defined by style.
Experiment_Ale (913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Hair of the Dog with Taylor, Stephen, Dina, and Rob. Pours dark dark brown, with no head. Aroma is sweet fig, sticky molasis, raison. Typical awesome hotd barleywine, nice.
Leveejr (88) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with low carb. Nice barrel notes with some bourbon and big apple brandy nose. Taste is strong apple brandy sweetness with slight cinnamon on the end. Exceptional overall
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Ernest (6149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2013 bottle at HotD.
Body is black.
Aroma is heavily malty (caramel, chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of alcohol, brown sugar, cognac, raisin, wood.
Flavor is heavily to harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Smells fairly nice, but it’s mostly sugary notes that warn you of its sweetness. And holy balls is it sweet...undrinkably so. I tried, god did I try at 18 frickin’ dollars for a 12oz bottle. But I could not do it. My teeth/gums ached at every sip. So syrupy, fatiguing, and cloying, ugh. I could perhaps put up with the strong throat burn if it was just anywhere close to being balanced, but as it is, the blazing alcohol just adds insult to injury. Over 80% of the bottle went down the tap drain, I’m sad to say. This was once a great brewery.
PriorL (1643) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: black beer, little to no head.
NOSE: alcohol, Bourbon, sweet, chocolate, little coffee.
TASTE: sweet, very balanced, little spiced, little flat, chocolate, boozy, alcohol, wood.
jackl (4312) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBWG, Asheville. Thanks to whoever brought this along! Deep brown pour with a small head. Nose is quite subtle. Cherry fruit leather and coffee cake. Pain au chocolate and toasted nut. Rich and sweet. Distinct pillowy marshmallow and roasted chocolate flavor. Further accents of forest fruits. Mild smoked ham. Shag tobacco. Syrupy, oily. Thought-provoking stuff.
tiong (3647) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle @ Hair of the Dog, Portland, OR
2013 vintage -
Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma is massively complex with loads of ripe fruits, raisins, malts, toffee, caramel, fudge, wood and vanilla. Taste is massive, heavy and sweet with lots of malts, raisins, ripe fruits, bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla, toffee and brandy. Finish is sweet, heavy and malty with nice brandy and bourbon woody notes, apples, vanilla, oak and toffee. Wow, this is quite awesome. An extremely slow sipper.
RussianDragon (322) - - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Served at Hair of the Dog, Portland, OR. Pours a still dark brown. Aroma is complex: sweet fruit, spicy pepper, wood, and booze. Flavor is massive: sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a slight spicy character. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Delicious. From notes 2/15/13.