HartManSam (75) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle very dark with almost zero head. Sweet smells of raisin, malts and backed up with the hops. Taste is amazing. Very good beer.
__Rb81 (74) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Red-brown with small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Thick and oily. Taste of sweet malts and alcohol. Warming aftertaste.
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is sweet, almost like molasses or licorice with alcohol. It pours thick and brown. The flavor is too sweet and malty but there is not enough balance to distract from the alcohol.
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good beer. It has a stout taste but goes down smooth. I like to drink 4 in a row and get a hella buzz.
beeratarian (71) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from a 7 oz. bottle a nice medium brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet dried cherry and alcohol, a little smokiness< nice aroma. Taste is of fresh cherries and slightly smoky and roasty in the finish. Smooth finish and overall but lacking some kick. Overall the palate is thin for the %, definately taste alcohol, could be a great beer if it had some more malt body and piney hops. Worth the 99 cents for a 7 oz. bottle.
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy dark burgundy color, with a minamal amount of tan head. There was not as much of an alcohol warmth as I would expect from a 10.5% brew. Another good Flying Dog beer.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with amber shining through the glass around the edges. Fruity malty head. Nice smell. Sharp sweet malty taste. Nice berry flavor. Some caramel and buttery flavors. The alcohol is hidden really well considering it’s 10.5. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice malty palate. This is an enjoyable brew. A little maltier than I expected from a barley wine.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brooding pour like thick apple cider yields a soapy brown head which slides down the glass with clawing lace. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel with a bit of sweet milk chocolate. Sip. Kicks my teeth in. Wasn’t ready for the assault. Covers tongue, and I pick out sweet caramel, apple, and raisins. Then a pineapple tartness leads to a biting fruit finish of crabapple. Dry and biting. Warming up, much much better. Mellow, sweet candy and raisin. Barely any bitter finish. Palate starts out dry, burning, and sticky, but then finishes mouth-numbing, warming and creamy. Notice I did not mention alcohol. It is less evident after warming than was at beginning. Maybe because I’m already under its spell. Sample could of used some aging perhaps. A very good brew.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 12 oz. bottle. Decent head. Smells so sweet and relaxing that even a non beer drinker would be invited by its aroma. Tastes like dersert- mousse cake. Perhaps a little muddled. I did not really mind. Great finish. I want to age some.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, opaque with a fine head. Aroma of cream and malt. Well-balanced flavour, very malty. Good beer but a little bit heavy to my taste.