SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark colour, brown frothy head. Malts in the nose and fairly sweet. Medium body with a good robust roasted malty taste.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany color with little head. Nose is sweetish with malt and alcohol notes primarily present. Flavor is some what like cough syrup. noticdable alcohol, malts and carmel taste.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour with an off white head and spotty lacing. Sweet malts, some roast, licorice, chocolate, and maybe some fruits. Big time sweet malts in the flavor. Some more roasted malts, some chocolate, and more fruit, maybe grape or plum. Some hints of the licorice as well. A full body along with an oily palate, but not cloying. Decent little barley wine.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/brown, only slight CO2. Sweet nose, woody, toffee, coffee, prunes. Nice sweet, smooth, nutty flavor. Some chocolate notes, roasty, almost stout-like flavor.
omhper (21761) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very dark reddish brown. Toffee nose. Grapefruity hops takes over from there. Very sweet with big crystal malt character. More toffee in a finish with less bitterness than common in US barleywines. Ina barleywine tasting session it wouldn't stand out much, but omhper likes barley wines, and this is good beer.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown bottle. 2003 A date on it. Poured out a deep mahogany color, bordering on black. Red highlights apparent when held to the light. Fast fading mocha colored head. Aromas right away are of malts, malts, and more malts. Slight licorice in the nose as well. Some dark mascerated fruits in the aromas as well.
Burnt caramel, and hops finish out the aroma segment of this beer.
Thick body, coats the tongue quite well, thank you. Syrupy in consistency, but enough bittering hops to prevent it from being cloying. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter. Finally, a decent beer from Flying Dog. The rest of their beers require as much attention as this beer received. Maybe the brewers will read this & get on the ball over there.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a really good barleywine. It poured a reddish-brown color and was perfectly balanced in flavor. Highly recommended.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 2003A vintage. Smells like sweet malt and cough syrup. No head or lacing. Hazy dark brown color. Tastes of fruits like plums and bubblegum. Syrupy mouthfeel. Acidic sweet finish, slightly spicy. Didn't notice much hop presence in the flavor or aroma. I think it needs to age a bit for a proper rating. As is, not exceptional.3.1 Re-rate 3/12/04 - Almost 4 months later, Alcohol bite hits even harder, like a john smacking a crack whore. I give up.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2001A Bottle. Purchased in 2001 and laid down till Nov 21, 2003.
Initial smell is malt, heat, distinct hop profile as well, where most barleywines are heavy on the malt side. The Horn Dog is darker than usual--an almost chocolate brown color with very little of the red/amber most barleywines sport. Head was a nice, fine creamy tan that showed good legs and Belgian lace.
The first taste is molasses, malt, heat, brown sugar, candy sugar, and a decided bitter hop bite that I don't much care for--I think they used a very high Alpha lupelin hop like Galena and it overpowers the beer a bit. The body of the beer is great--good mouthfeel and a luscious smooth roll down the gullet--like drinking a Wendy's Frosty.
I'd like to see a more subtle hop profile in the future--use East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Tettnanger.
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - 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?