hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Vintage courtesy of egadzis. Poured a medium copper color with an off white head. Aromas of matls, caramel, toffee and light oranges. Tastes of sweet malts, sugary, caramel, and molasses.
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 edition. A very well done barleywine, nicely hopped and malted. Cloudy peach to amber with pretty head. A great complement to the food and very quaffable. Noted caramel, citrus juice, fruit, slight licorice, candy, bittersweet great combination. Wonder how it would be aged.
Dogbrick (9183) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 2007 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Dark amber color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing. Aroma of malt, pine and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus and resiny hops. The finish is sweet with a charred malt and caramel aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 version. Beautiful deep garnet colour with a thick off-white head. Very sweet malty aroma, biscuit and cookie dough malts, cherry fruitiness, and caramel. Slightly resinous hoppiness and faint spiciness. Flavour is very sweet, a bit of acidity, crystal malts, light plum and cherry flavour. Seems a bit too sweet for my liking, but still very tasty.
mcberko (8737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, caramel, and a decent hop bite. Flavour of tropical fruits, caramel/toffee, and hops. Sticky palate with a bitter hop finish.
arminjewell (8514) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, from 09 poured in 2014, dark brownish red pour with lacing tan head, aroma brought notes of big sherry, cherry, dark raisin, toffee, caramel, nice yeasty notes, very nice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, raisin, fig, dark cherry, some prune, hints of caramel, toffee, hints of nice sherry notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 2002: Medium orange and red appearance. Smells a bit fishy, with some strong alcohol and hop characteristics. A bit sour and tasting like leaves and fruit. Light to medium bodied, quite crisp, with some light and subtle hop flavors. I had this after tasting Double Bastard, so I probably am missing something. Overall, quite sweet orange and lemon, with some mixed grapefruit as well. Very acidic and abrasive. Sampled the 1999 at 5 years old and it really wasnít much different. Not a top 50.
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
03 Reserve. Big thanks to Brock_Landers. Brock sent me 3 or 4 top 100 beers. This one is turbid deep copper with minimal head (no deductions due to high ABV). Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, hops, gingerbread, black pepper. Not as intense as the HOTD Doggie Claws aroma, but I give both 9s. Tastes very malty, fruity, with hops, dark fruit, some toffee, cognac. This one is a bit more refined and balanced than the Doggie Claws, but not as "in your face" intense. Dense finishing palate, with a somewhat krieky finish, and also a hit of rauch. I canít decide whether this or Doggie Claws is better. They are both great. This one is a tuxedoed, smooth, finessed barleywine, while the Doggie Claws is a rough around the edges, long haired hippie. Both have their purpose, and as far as Iím concerned, they are both at the top of the genre. My 2nd 4.5 rating for a Barleywine tonight. Dare I try the Avery The Beast next!!!?? Stay tuned, fans. I may need a Goddamn stretcher! Yeah man!
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 2 2003 bottles proved to be vastly different experiences. The first was :
Hot citrus sunshine on a pregnant earthy knoll...Abundant fruitiness dallying in warming but well-hidden alcohol...It seems intensity and equality can be achieved all at once...Inspiring...8/4/9/4 17/20
The other was less hoppy, sweet fruitiness was somewhat slightly tart and reminiscent of papaya juice, and overall a white wine character was trying to unite all of the flavors. Definitely not up to par with the other bottle. 7/4/7/3 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8343) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2001) Chestnut; brown-yellow head, not very ample. Nose gives preserved fruit (confits), ginger, "Grand Marnier". Some hops seem to struggle to come trough. Taste: sweet-sourish-bitter. WOW! Some balance, some impression. A bit harsh, resiny finish, though. very chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol impression, very masked. In the aftertaste, the taste of confited orange or Gr. Marnier (much less sweet) reappears, to stay long. A better-than-average, very American Barley Wine.