DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours turbid burny sienna, with a small, off-white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and a twinge of "excited poontang". Tastes malty, sweet, with layers of dark fruit at the finish. Medium, firm palate. Not as complex as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but very good in its own right. There is a HUGE layer of yeast on the bottom of this.
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
99 vintage, Before it got the Horndog title i guess ? Small, brown, large bubbled head that fades into a thin ring and a light film on top of this clear chestnut colored brew. Malty, fruity nose with hints of black licorice and some very subdued citrus notes as well. Med/full body, creamy texture. Big malt flavor, dark fruits, raisins, hints of chocolate, caramel, a bit musty and a dab of alcohol thrown in also. Medium sweet, fruity finish. Has seemed to hold up fairly well.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murkey dark caramel color. Complex aroma. Very full flavored beer. Some slight warming. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Pretty good.
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a marginal head when poured. Aroma is strong, with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and some toasted malts. Sweet taste with more of the chocolate and raisin/plum along with a noticeable alcohol kick towards the end which lingers into the finish. I got a 4 pack of thse and I think Iíll keep the other 3 until December when a beer like this should be enjoyed. Overall, pretty good for a barley wine.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown Coloring. Frothy Head. Barley Aroma... Some Roasts Here..Chocolate..Donít Taste the Licorice.. Some Raisin and Cola Flavors. Slight Warming At the End. Alcohol Hits you Later. Very good Barley Wine..Not Extremely Sophisticated...May Warrant Aging and Trying Again.
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark red, slight head fades away. Good aroma, an interesting meld of molasses, cola, and spruce. Flavors are similar. Simultaneously refreshing from the cola and resin flavors, yet warming from the alcohol. Touch of burn from the alcohol. Not bad overall.
mlightner (2) - USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather complex beer - taste the chocoate and roasty carmel flavors. A bit on the sweet side. Color is rich amber; the presences of the malt is definitely in the aroma. For a higher percentage ale, this alcohol does not overpower the flavor and richness of this beer. Definitely would recommend this beer.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a slightly phonelic/medicinal sweet front end flavor with some prune and date notes, and a somewhat bitter finish; maybe some burnt sugar there too. Not much in the complexity dept., but Iíd drink this again, maybe on a cooler evening than this sampling......
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled...consumed 8-10-04. Cloudy, dark, dark garnet color, opaque, smallish tan head and no lacing. Aroma is thickly malts, caramel and toffee, some alcohol. Body is thick, carbonation is light, semi dry. Flavor is dominated by malts, caramel, hints of licorice, toffee, some toasty character and a brief, hop bite thatís literally like a bite, like a fish eating half your worm and swimming off. Finish is fairly balanced, alcohol is very tastable and the flavor, although not overly complex is kind of chunky still and will improve, but not greatly, with some more aging. Not as big as some barley wines, despite the 10.5%, making it go down a little faster, but still slow. Enjoyable drink and looking forward to winter again to enjoy these "winter warmers."
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Pours a hazy light brown with a short lived head. Strong hoppy aromas give a hint of the flavors awaiting your first sip. Flavor is complex, quite bitter, hoppy and somewhat red wineish. Finish is warm and balanced with the alcohol coming through in the aftertaste. A nice barley wine.