ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml screw top bottle. Pours a motor oil black, some bottles here and there but basically flat. Nose is sweet dark fruit, chocolate, and lots of barrel presence. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose, and even more booze with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and tobacco. Full body, flat, lingering sweetness and alcohol. I’ve had 3 bottles in the cellar for over 10 years. Decided to sampleone due to the "White Whale" stigma. Greatly over-rated. I’m glad I only spend $35.00 on the 3 bottles in 1999.
djd07 (9521) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8000th rating. Bottle split 9 ways with the RBSG crew at HOTD. Pours brown with no head. The aroma is strong booze, fig, raisin, wood, soy sauce. Thick mouth, boozy, raisin, caramel, gets better as it warms, very little oxidation, held up well, very nice.
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml. clear glass @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.
[ As Hair of the Dog Dave ].
[ Vintage 1994 ]. Clear dark brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, moderate roasted, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long long duration, bread, roasted - chocolate, sweet malt, alcohol - boozy. A great experience to try this one. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Fairly drinkable, the malt sweetness is good balanced by the alcohol booze. 
Leighton (18034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting - London. A big cheers to Ken, one of RateBeer’s most generous members, who fittingly shared this beer with the group. Pours unclear, deep brown with no head. The nose is lightly roasty, with definite notes of alcohol, dried dark fruits and scorched earth. Big sweet flavour, a little ashy, with more old and dried out dark fruits, some berries, faint cocoa, rich alcohol. Full bodied and fairly chewy, with soft carbonation. Hot on the finish with further earthy bitterness, leathery fruits, touches of toffee. Good stuff overall. It may have once been worthy of being one of RB’s highest-rated beers, but at this point it’s just a pretty good barley wine. That said, it has held up reasonably well over the years. Thanks again to Ken for the opportunity to try this one!
mR_fr0g (8505) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 14/01/2016. Huge mega thanks to Kenny for this one . Oily viscous dark brown coloured pour with no head to speak of. Aroma is big and booze, soy, oxo, raspberry jammy fruits, Boosty. Flavour is composed of bitter black malts, liquorice, thick and chewy, soy, meaty, Really fun to try. Palate is super thick, boozy, still some carbonation. Lingering blackened meats, liquorice. Warming alcohol in the finish.
WingmanWillis (130) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Ken’s 20k tasting. Many thanks to Madmitch "Ahab" 76 for providing this whale of a beer.
Pours a dark brown with very minimal head and little carbonation. Aroma of leather, tobacco, fruit cake and a little booze. Warming feel and all sorts of tastes going on with the fruit cake, leather, tobacco and a little fudge plus many others. Really glad to have the opportunity to try this complex beer. Cheers Ken. Here’s to sharing 25k!
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, massive thanks to the ever generous Ken for supplying this juan, 15/01/16.
Light black with a moderately appointed tan covering that dissipates to edgeing.
Nose carries a big dollop of malt, light smoke, chocolate, bourbon infuse, burnt treacle toffee, raisens, stewed dark fruit rinds.
Taste drops away a touch from the nose, dark fruit compote, light smoke, dates, fruit cake, tinged with oxidisation, black forest gateaux, molasses, tobacco, vinous.
Full bodied, slick feel, warming alcohol in the close.
Great to try and not bad at all age considered, has held up well, oxidisation is light. ABV is well masked, though will have dropped away, barrelling subtle ...see ABV. Great to tre this beast and glad to have done so now and not in a few years time !
MannyGoldberg (194) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generously provided by Ken/Madmitch at his 20K tasting- 15th Jan 2016. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is slightly meaty/sweet soy sauce. Taste is sweet figs, raisins, bourbon. Mouthfeel is oily with a hint of carbonation. Lots of warming booziness but still quite drinkable. Light oxidation. This was better than I expected considering the age etc. A real treat to be able to try it. Cheers Kenny!
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 20K beer for 20K Kenny thanks to the main man himself. Congratulations! Exceptionally generous of him! It pours darkest brown with no head whatsoever. The nose is rich malts, meaty, umami, oily, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, chewy, unctuous, fudge, alcohol, fruit cake and toasted coconut. The taste is rich, oily, chewy malt, warming heat, meaty, Marmite, toasted stuff, raw alcohol, slick, umami, plum, raisin, fig, some oxidisation and some spicy Worcestershire sauce on the back-end. Finish is warming and spiced. Full body and oily, slick mouth-feel. Warms yer cockles that’s for sure. Rich, oily and warming. Not quite the best beer ever, but great fun to try. Thanks!
The_Osprey (5742) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to the ever-generous Kenny for sharing this rarity as his 20K beer. As ’Hair of the Dog Dave’, bottled 1994. Black, very little head, leaves legs on the glass. The aroma is meaty, OXO cubes, chocolate, plastic, dirt and booze. Body is medium to full, oily and smooth. Taste is dry palate-stripping booze, spice, oil, dirt. Dry, spicy and boozy all over but not showing as much alcohol as you’d expect at 29%. A great experience to try this one. Holding up very well at 22 years old.
teorn88 (6039) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, huge thanks to Ken himself. Happy 20k rates! It pours a deep dark brown color with no head. Aroma is cloyingly sweet and full of raisins rum and bourbon notes, also custard coffee vanilla white chocolate and more booze. Taste is sweet with some more booze and notes of bourbon leather vanilla rum raisins big sweet and bold with more molasses and light carbonation. Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Overall, fantastic experience huge thanks to Ken an still a good and tasty beer.