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.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
have to say i'm very surprised by this one. nose is full of malts and brown sugar and caramel. hops are really only mildly perceptible. from an otherwise ordinary brewer, this is a very tasty and complex beer...notes of maple syrup, coffee and dark chocolate in the finish.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its no Beheamouth, Old Crusty or Big Foot, but it ain't bad. Big and sweet, the beer could use a bit more hop presence, but really not a bad rendition after hearing the somewhat negative reviews fo the other brewery offerings.
OldGrowth (2598) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Good nose yeasty,toffee,light cherry. Great reddish brown color, slighty hazy, though I poued sediment into glass, No head ,no carbonation. Fig, chocolate, cherry flavors. Kinda creamy syrupy. Some warmth, not as I'd think 10.5 would be. Thinner than alot of BW. Not bad but not a winnwer either
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After a night of drinking crap lagers. I need a nightcap drink that would make it all worthwhile. This was definitely what I was looking for. A very warm feeling sneaks up on you when drinking this. Pours a deep amberish ruby color in the light. with a nice tan head, that is huge. A great aroma, just full of fruit flavors. A sweet taste, that I think is more akin to perhaps a winter ale, something you would see around X-mas time. Lots of carmelized sweetness with a bit of a candy cane taste, lots of black cherries, and brandy. Alchohol is apparent but not overpowering. Very enjoyable, to close the night at sit outside on a cool fall night.
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling clear, very dark and deep copper ale. Small, khaki-colored head.
The aroma is wonderful! Caramel and milk chocolate; cinnamon and spiced rum. Cherries too.
Very sweet, fruity and alcoholic flavor.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Astringent, alcoholic, yet remarkably dry finish… or is that just the alcohol sucking all the moisture from my mouth?
A good barley wine. The sweetness actually becomes less cloying as it warms.
waddlcoop (6) - USA - SEP 9, 2003 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had this oneinthe fridge for over a year, don't know how old it was whe nI bought it. Slight refermentation brought up the carbonation a bit. Nice rich malt flavor that disappears off the palate a little too quickly, (probably form the referm...) good alcohol and a fairly well balanced brew. I'll have to try it again with a better sample.
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably one of the best of the Flying Dogs that I have had. Starts off with a thick liver colored pour with copious amounts of mocha colored foam - leads to good think lacing. The aroma has some brandy essences to it with a touch of molasses. Has some caramel, dates and raisins in the flavor. Not as much hops as I would expect in a Barley Wine though. The 10.5% ABV is apparent but not overwhelming or distracting. Nice thick mouthfeel. Flying Dog did a decent job on this one - still hate their labels though - but this is is easier to read than most.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown. Close to no head. Aroma of wood, almonds, and bad soy sauce. Tastes just as bad. Initially harsh and full of alcohol, it then mellows out, with a texture and taste of overripe dark fruit. Not enjoyable.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured out of a 12 oz bottle(vintage 2001D).I must say I was quite pleased.Smells of roasted malts,sweet fig/plum/oaty/alcohol.Looks a deep ruby red,nice quick brown-tinted head w/some nice lace.Taste is great.Sweet fig/chocolate/some hop bite in there too on the palate leading to some dryness.Overall I must say this is a fine barley wine when aged.Glad I held out till this one ended up in the .69$ bin!A great treat after one of the best Phish shows ever!(7-29-03)I had to pass one of these along to a van full of heads to try!