madvike (2519) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Yeah, not feeling this one. Pours nice--a rosy copper with a small off-white head. Smells slightly sweet with a good deal of booze and a bit of baking spice that I can’t place. The alcohol sours the malt a bit and just makes it smell off. The taste is way too sweet--caramel with a bit of milk chocolate, and still way too hot. Real sharp and not inviting. Not impressed.
ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 A lot lighter (body) and more dry than I’d expect from a barleywine. Didnt taste very fresh, curious to try it on tap.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cocoa and soy are apparent in the sweet, bozzey aroma. Opaque brown body with a very slight, off white head that dissipates immediately. Soy, chocolate and vinous, fruity flavours with leafy hops and some sherry-like oxidation. Medium full body with fair carbonation. Bottle (2003 Vintage) sampled at Peculier Pub in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a deep brown color ale with a small foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma of sugar is so pronounced that it gets quite gross and doesn’t allow for any other aspects of the beer to come through. Taste is also dominated by the sweetness and doesn’t allow much else to come through. I didn’t notice any large hops presence which could have mitigated some of the sweetness. Average body with some medium-low carbonation. Definitely not something that I feel the need to revisit anytime soon.
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Weak aroma with too much astringency. Dark amber color with only a slight head (typical of most Barley Wines). Some dried fruit taste, but mostly alcohol dominates. Very thin palate.
maltdog (613) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opening with a faint hiss, the bottle dispenses its murky, blood red contents, devoid of any carboantion or foam. Aromas progress from toasty, molasses-y malt to intense fruit… concentrated pear, watermelon, and fig… then incense, and an alcohol assault like a swarm of bees. The beer tastes overly sweet, syrupy and plummy, and finishes with an unpleasant tension between black coffee and bubblegum flavors. It is perhaps the sweetest barley-based libation I’ve tasted. An equally ambiguous aftertaste flaunts intense anise, roasty/woody, and yeasty/cantaloupe characters… plus a blossoming ethanol nova. Sticky, lead-heavy heft ensures maximum flavor hangtime. Horn Dog takes high gravity beer to unpleasant excess… any carbonation at all would have resulted in a palatable quadrupel; otherwise, I would consider it an ice cream topping.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, pours deep brown/red with very small brown head, sweet almost strawberry aroma, sweet with strong alcohol taste up front with chocolate lingering with more hops then expected, not bad more bitter then others in its class
tlind2 (1058) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Copper color, off-white head. Alcohol and wood shaving aroma. Notes of resin and molassis rather overwhelmed by the alcohol-filled finish. Maybe this should have aged for a bit longer? Full body, medium-light carbonation.
JStax (2562) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Appearance is a dark, murky, amber with a quickly dissipating, bubbly, beige, head. Aroma is of dried fruits, prunes, and a tinge of alcohol. Taste is somewhat musty. I get hints of burnt caramel and an alcohol burn in the finish. All around unremarkable. The nose hinted at much more than this beer actually has to offer. Rather unfortunate.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Leather brown to red body, no head. No lacing.
Sweet and syrupy like aromas. Fruity.
Strong almost solvent-like alcohol. Malt and good hop flavor are overwhelmed by alcohol.
Slightly cloying and somewhat rough mouthfeel.