StefanSD (2322) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2012. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma features bourbon, butterscotch and toffee. The taste, like the aroma, is bourbon butterscotch and toffee, The palate is fill and smooth and the carbonation is soft. Finishes long with lingering butterscotch. Overall:Tasty stuff.
jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 version. I knew going in that this was going to be flat, so I tried to temper expectations a little. Pours clear mahogany, just the slightest hint of carbonation. Big alcohol legs. Huge, sweet bourbon on the nose, hard toffee, oakiness. Full, chewy mouthfeel; caramel, bourbon, a little woodiness and almond. Like a cross, someone earlier mentioned, between a bourbon, a beer, and a port. Very nice, regardless.
rdixon77 (2120) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to drowland for the share!
A great tasting bourbon aged beer...hurt slightly by carbonation issues. Pour was murky brown with almost no head. Fantastic taste...vanilla, caramel, sugar. Perfectly balanced bourbon flavor with sweetness and wood and no burn. Very flat that it gave the beer an unnecessarily heavy taste. Even with the carbonation issue, a heck of a beer.
DialSquare (4116) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in portland. I’m not a big bourbon guy, so grain of salt here: dark brown with ring light tan. Sugary booooozy, bourbon, thick, a whisky shot of sludge. Not for me, but interesting to try. 7.0
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep burnt sienna color with a trace of bubbles... aromas are big bourbon, oak, caramel and composted matter. The palate follows the with much more nuanced sweet notes... caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and dates. Earthy deep bourbon soaked wood, leather round out the back end of the palate. Obviously could use a touch of carbonation to liven up the flavors a touch but overall a big bad barley wine !
bytemesis (6297) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Bottle with thanks to Felipe! Pours hazy hazel, no head, no lacing. My understanding when I got this was that it was known to have not carbonated and was sold at HoTD at a discount. Aroma is wonderful bourdon, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla. Flavor is the same, malty, vanilla and oak everywhere. Quite sweet. Full body and creamy, but flat as a board. A yummy beer, perhaps a bit cloying over time, and loses a bit of palate and taste due to the carbonation issue.
Prufrockstar (1852) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pour is murky dark caramel with no head (as expected). Aroma promises a sweet treat. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel, dates, honey, vanilla, bourbon, and that familiar HOTD Fred. Taste: Over the top sweet as expected (and welcome) with a nice bitterness at the end to keep it from being cloying. Light oxidation. Alcohol burn present in the finish, keeping nicely with the bourbon. Palate: Flat, thick, slick, syrupy. Overall: Even completely flat, this is pretty tasty. As I was in the mood tonight for something between bourbon, port, and beer, this hits the spot. Would love to try this when the carbonation is on.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from waltersrj...thanks man! Aroma and flavor really, really reminds me of flat Cherry Adam. I love the taste, yet abhor these carbonation issues that HotD has. Ok beer.
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Dodgrblu (711) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, taste and aroma good, palate horrible. Hair is like my nemesis.
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radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, consumed directly after the regular Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood. Slightly cloudy orange color. Aroma was oak notes, booze was nicely mellowed in this one, rounded edges around the sharpness found in regular Fred. Bourbon notes, oak, light vanilla. Quite an enjoyable brew to consume.