goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a giant tan head. The head quickly dissolves, leaving a dark brown ale with strong aroma of chocolate. Taste is strong on malt, with a little anise in the back, and finishes with a little spice. Alcohol is definately there, slightly warming the gullet on the way down. I have some extras that I plan to age for a bit, and possibly re-rate.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i had a hard time getting this stuff but it was well worth it the flavor is almost chocolatey smooth taste and finish.i might try rockinout’s idea and age some see if it gets better
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first thing I noticed (hard to miss) was the gigantic head. I don’t remember any barley wine havind a head like this before. Very deep in color - almost like a dark Belgian. This brew is nice and malty and curiously, reminds me of a super hopped up belgian strong ale - say Trois Pistoles. I detect no alcohol despite its 10.5% content. This is one well done brew in my opinion. If you like Belgians and you like Pale ales - you’ll love Horn Dog. BTW - I bought this in Ohio - so, some higher alchol content brews are starting to sneek in.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown body with a creamy tan head. Mine was not too carbonated. Malty sweet nose with a sweet spicy bubblegum(?) taste. Smooth mouthfeel, almost cocoa at times. Warming alcohol is nice. Been available in Ohio all along but shouldn’t have been until now. I’m not complaining. I want to age some and then try it again.
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle too is highly carbonated, but once it settles down it leaves a silky gem. Smooth deep malt flavor, bit of anise and liquorice. Hops are really nice in the background, but a nice counterpoint to the sweet maltiness. Definitley the best I’ve had from this brewery.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 Wonderfully malty with just the right amount of bitterness. Not quite the caliber of Old Foghorn or Old Crusty but by far this breweries finest offering. re-rate 10/19/02: Still this brewers best but this bottle i'm having is so carbonated it almost tastes frothy. It really takes away from the beer.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2003 The beer poured with a large head. The one I had immediately over flowed the bottle after I opened it. It had a sweet, fruity taste. Mild amount of bite (hops) on the finish. I wouldn't mind having another one, but I don't think I'd rush out to get one.
Terminus (3311) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 ReRate 10/17/02-My drinking partner in crime was the one that reviewed this beer without my judgement. I have to say this was a very interesting beer to say the least. This is WAY to carbonated though to truly be a superstar beer. Huge malt presence with a mild hop bite at the end. Hog heaven and bigfoot run circles around this one! the abv is questionable-i dont know if its that high. If it was, it must have been masked by the huge carbonation. I plan to age the other remaining 3 bottles i have.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark mohagony color with little head. the aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. the flavor is sweet, fruity and malty with a hint of hops and alcohol. heavy and sparkling on the tongue.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Burning alcohol sprinkled with pepper...Sweet cherries enveloped in chocolate...A Coke meets a Bordeaux...