ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods on NE Sandy in Portland, Oregon. First off, the label: I like the dark green color and the festiveness of it. Very nice-a. I should also mention this is the 2014 vintage. I poured it into my Ommegang tulip glass. Dark cloudy brown with no head on it after a minute or so. The aroma is sweet and malty. The beer in my mouth is velvety, with almost no carbonation, and sweet with a growing bitterness that sits quietly in the background doing it’s own thing, not bothering anyone or being out-of-line. It’s just there hanging out in its own flavorful way. Overall, an excellent beer (barley wine).
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of old butter, skunky malts, rotten milk, expired caramel and rotten eggs. Big murky brown appearance with a tan thin foam and small lace. Extremely strange milky, creamy caramel and expired whip cream overtones. Strange, old caramel, butter and nut overtones. Overall, Hair of The Dog products have all been absolutely dreadful to me. Something about their yeast component ruins their beers. D rating.
trapped (1654) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with large spongy beige head, prominent cloves and hops aroma, low carbonation, oak flavored toasted malt taste with alcohol undertones, long finish. Great brew!
Danyel (1490) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours hazy brown with orange hues and off-white head. Aroma of figs, prunes, lots of grain, brown sugar. Taste is sweet, low carbonation, med to full bodied. Overall, very tasty.
Beardaxe (293) - - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma of feet and biscuits. Surprisingly lively carb for a two year old beer. Plenty of washed out hop bitterness and typical barleywine malts. Tiny bit of heat in the finish. Nice complexity. Lighter than I expected. Golden color.
demmbonz (701) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle to snifter. 2012. Dark amber. Chunky. Huge pillowy head. Huge malt aroma. Huge malt sweetness with a bitter bite.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught, 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has quite a bit of wheat, barley and caramel all mixing together. Taste is slightly sweet and very smooth, and ends up being very warming with a slight bite.
JefVerstraete (2297) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade, manythanks Kump! Murky amber/orange colour, creamy beige foam. Aroma of peach, apricot, honey, caramel, toffee. Malty base with sweet undertones of brown sugar. Hoppy finish. Well balanced. Very good barley wine!
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks, Ron. Thick pour; fuzzy, cloudy, burnt tan in color. Opaque, like unfiltered apple cider with little bits of sediment. Very thin, off-white film caps it off. Highly sweet & unattenuated aroma. Deep syrupy molasses, brown sugar, burnt toffee, graham cracker, honey, & a pinch of dark fruit. As expected, sweet on the palate, but not cloying or overbearing at all. Molasses, toffee, caramel, all quite syrupy with a mild, underlying burnt sugar element. Toasty malts with a light alcoholic bite. Warmth brings out more dark fruits; black cherry, candied plum, red apple, & even some pear. A little ash & grassiness towards the finish from the hops, but this thing is malt bomb without a doubt. Heavy body, lots of residue sticking to the palate with each sip. A very big barley wine, in terms of body, sweetness, & alcohol, but despite the intensity in all areas, it remains questionably easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy light brown, ringed white head. Nutty, maple sweet and sweaty socks nose. Bright bronze sweet malt and fading booze burn. Light metallic, blood and soaked pancake finish. Clean enough mouthfeel, not oily or brassy at all apart from the taste.
Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul