after4ever (6552) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Fredfest 09, Hair of the Dog. Man, this is an absolute delight. Pours a murky dark almond/light amber with bright toffee-colored highlights in the cotners. Bit of creamy tan swirl on top for a minute, but not for long at all. Big bourbony, boozey, roasty nose. Thick, almost sticky body that manages to hang back just enough to be creamy and delightful. Goes down pretty easy. Bourbon, vanilla, vodka, roasty/toasty malt bitterness on the mid-palate. Long boozy/bourbony finish. This is actually a much more pleasant beer to drink than a recounting of its flavor profile might indicate--looking at it in words makes it sound hot and out of balance, but it’s not. It’s big and forceful, but holds together harmoniously and isn’t rough on you in any way.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Fred Fest 2008 - Hair of the Dog Brewing - Portland OR
Aroma – Strong Barleywine aroma with good fruit background.
Appearance – Dark Amber in color, little to no head and clear.
Flavor – A huge strong beer with a great oak flavor from the barrel it aged in for years.
Great fruit in the flavor also this was a well designed beer.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – Rich in flavors this was a very well made beer loved the rich oak flavor. Wow it was awesome almost 10 years old and wow it had a punch.
jazz88 (2590) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Dark reddish color with a light brown head. Candy, plums, raisins, alcohol, and sweet. A real delight. I shared a full 11oz glass of this one. This was brewed in 1998 and aged in a bourbon barrel.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Brewed in 1998 and aged five years including a year in a bourbon barrel. Wonderful bourbon aroma. Nice malt backing. Awesome balance. One of the best beers I've ever had. Phenomenal. I'd give this one an '11' for flavor if I could. (Note: This beer took 2nd place in the festival.)