DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 2002 vintage bottle, tasted 11/16/03. Poured nice layer of pinprick bubbles, like a nitro pull, that dissolved into a thin layer of bubbles posing as a head. Dark reddish-brown body. Big smell of coffee malts, raisin and plum flavors, very chewy, with a subtle hop balance. Still, none of these makes for a great barleywine compared to the others, but then it's a style in which there's a lot of competition to go "bigger," innit?
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Whole lotta malt in this smell. Warming from the first sip from it too. Flavor has too much alcohol to it for my taste.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown, very fine bubbles in head... looks much like a Guinness. Floralish nose. Nice, complex fouthfeel, creamy. Some chocolate malt taste, then the alcohol comes on strong. A bit too sweetish. For this gravity, could use a lot more hops, but overall one of their better bres I've had.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Leather brown to red body, no head. No lacing.
Sweet and syrupy like aromas. Fruity.
Strong almost solvent-like alcohol. Malt and good hop flavor are overwhelmed by alcohol.
Slightly cloying and somewhat rough mouthfeel.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
large barley wine nose of sweet malt and alcohol. deep opaque brown body with no head or lacing. lots of alcohol to taste with other flavors of malt, some smoke and a little bit of hops.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Typical B.W with a thick malt aroma and taste.
The alcohol dominates everything in this, to the point where it is like taking a shot with every sip.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So far, I've not found a barleywine that I thoroughly enjoy. But Horn Dog surprised me. Poured a dark amber color with a small but thick head. The aroma was chocolates/coffee, with alcohol hints and some malts. The flavor was surprisingly smooth. Very fruity beginning, but finished off with a grassy/pine feel. Very cool. I have to recommend this barleywine - one of the best I've had to date.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark redish brown in color with no head to speak of. Aroma is malty and sugary sweet. Buttery sweet malt flavors with a strong hop presence in the finish.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured dark brown with medium off-white head. Pretty decent lacing. Caramel and some spiciness. Taste is very sweet! Does this have any hops? Some minimum bitterness on the swallow. Not a great representation of this style.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very brown color. Ruby brown in the glass. Minimal tan head with associated minimal lacing. Earthy malty aroma. Spicy and alcohol also noticeable. Sweet and caramely, not much hops going on here. Thin watery palate for a barley wine. Not bad but not great. Seems they spent more on the labels, which are quite nice, then the beer itself. A pretty ordinary barley wine.