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.
igneous1 (1503) - 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 (2730) - the Containment Area, 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 (9382) - 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.