wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted from bottle at RBSG. FINALLY! I’ve seen this empty bottle at WeeHeavySD’s place several times, and ogled the raves and reviews in the ratings. I love these sweet HotD barleywines. Wow. Through the roof smokey oaky aroma. HotD rocks the aroma. Sweet and delicious. Brown color. Lowish carbonation.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 1.5L bottle shared by Derek (DA) at the Grand Tasting during RBSG 2008. Excellent aromas of slight bourbon and wood. I love this smell in beer. Tastes fantastic.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
heavy smoke and wood in the flavor and aroma.brown body with no head.has aged well and is nicely balanced.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2005
black, headless, super rich sweet winey malt aroma with strong licorish and lots of oaky wood character, huge body, rich malt flavor, lots of wood, lots of sweet, lots of rich ripe fruit,
brown sugar sweetness in the aroma,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Death Metal Beerfest June ’07. Shared with Bartzilla, WeeHeavySD, and others. Dark brown with not a lot of head. Rich and complex. the wood was very present, but not overwelming. sweet with plenty of alcohol kick.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Don’t know that I can say it any better than WeeHeavySD or Bartzilla; this was the star of our merry drunken afternoon. Oak was definitely prominent, but the mouthfeel was velvety smooth and rich. This beer is crazy complex and each drink renders some new flavor. Awesome.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 Beer 13 of Bartzilla’s Death Metal Beer Tasting 6/30/07. Shared with Bartzilla, Naven, BikesandBeer and others. Via trade with Batkins. Bartzilla said it pretty damn well this is a fucking crazy beer. 1.5L bottle after a really sour batch 58 of regular Adam. Pours dark brown witha bubbly head. Aroma is sweet and strong. The taste is amazing and hard to describe. Bryan PH Pinhead said it "tastes like a tootsie roll soaked in Kahlua." This was so so so amazingly good, and really tastes stronger than 10% a big sipper and fucking great to share.
Bartzilla (565) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh gnar fuck kill destroy. This is it.. This is where I turned the corner on the sickest DMBT yet. This is like a bunch of hot angels. Naked. This is a seriously fuckin kick ass barley wine. Thank you WeeHeavySD. I’m gonna snort a vicodin now.
skoisirius (1829) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 1.5 ltr bottle thanks to Alan. Sampled at the Hard Liver Tasting, poured into a Snifter glass. Pours a murky brownish black with no head. A very complex aroma with hints of wood, dark fruits, and heavy dark malts. The flavor is also deeply complex bringing out the normal Adam flavors of dark fruits, leather and tobacco, figs, prunes, and then complex it further with an oaked wood sense and peat, deepening the flavor into one very thick and rich brew. Thanks again to Alan from Hair of the Dog for bringing this fantastic brew. (And a correction on the aging - it was aged for 8 years, bottle aged for 2 years.)
Ungstrup (30155) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A murky black beer with no head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of wood and over ripe fruit. The flavor is acidic malty with notes of over ripe fruit, prunes, and oil.