commonshawn (1012) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. 12oz tulip. Cloudy caramel color with thick white head and excellent lacing. Alcohol and sweet nose. Sugar and tart, long lasting punch. Prune and dark fruit. Some funk. Plenty of alcohol. Medium body. Intense and delicious. Glad I dug my claws into this one.
Abijen (2458) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oranje koper bier met een goede getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt fruitig, tropisch fruit, pruimen, misschien peer. Smaakt heftig pruimen (denk ik) , rood fruit.
solidfunk (7235) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some thick caramelized malt and slight citrus. Pours hazy brown with ok head. Some tang and sweetness. Bottle shared at tasting.
poisoneddwarf (2249) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 2015 vintage. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, woody, lots of fruity esters--dark fruits, raspberry, lemon, raisin--woodsy hops, earth, alcohol, funk. Headless pour and a murky brown-orange hue with quite a bit of sediment floating around. Taste is bittersweet, savory, sherry-like, licorice, along with most of those aroma deScriptors. Carbonation is very low, texture is bordering on syrupy. Complex and soul-warming wintertime brew.
alliance100 (1104) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - 2014 vintage - pours a murky amber with almost no head . Aromas of molasses and dried fruit . Mostly sweet with hints of raisins and and mild bitter finish .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MetalNHopHead (1299) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another aged brew from Gene aka Travler. I love Barleywines. I love the aggressively hopped ones even more. That’s why I was concerned that the 3 years of aging that this bottle had undergone would be a detriment. I need not have worried. Doggie Claws still had plenty of resinous bitterness. There was a nice caramel malt backbone in place, but the hops were still dank with pine and grapefruit zest. I’d love to compare this to a fresh batch but it was a great comfort to me that this brew managed to retain its hoppiness after so much time.
HuskerTan (1566) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Thanks, Gene! "Travlr")
A- Hoppy, pine, caramel.
A- Copper color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Pine, bitter, malty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- I feel like I wasn’t as enthused as I should have been after having my first HotD. Definitely more of a DIPA than a barleywine for me. Bottle was a 2012 so 3 years old and it was still a bitter bomb. It was alright.
BiiruBierBeer (932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malt and mineral smell and taste. Not really impressed by this. Medium body, low carbonation, and mild foam.
HonusWagner (2013) - Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 Vintage at Toronado SD, exceptionally well-preserved.
American BW as hell. Somehow it’s still got an edge of piney hoppiness, and the sweetness from the honey is a bit much for me. I can respect why someone would love this beer, but to me it’s not nearly as compelling as a good bottle of Adam or even Fred.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at HotD. Some people would call this a dipa, aside from the color which is normal bw color. However, that’s more about them failing to make a real dipa. This is a true west coast American BW. A little bit of date and booze in there in a nice way. Firmly bitter and hoppy all the way through.