Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum sample (bottom end). Pours murky brown with lots of sediment. Thin tan head. Piney nose with brown sugar, burnt butter, booze and wood. Sweet and laced thoughout with chocolate, berry tart, butter, raisins, cake and wood. Sour milk. Big and bold. Unfortunately I had the bottom of the bottle which had some rather large tobacco sized sediment. None the less the flavours of whiskey and toasted barley prevailed. Quite delicious and I wait for a sample, somewhere near the middle.
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 2004 On tap at Barley Johns. Extremely soup murky red, like a glowing early morn Northern California fog. Wow, wicked aroma. Incredible bright fruit wicks, with mellow west coast-esque hops jumping with lime zest, fresh orange and a touch of lemongrass. This all mingles with some rounded fruit notes, including fruitcake and mellow brandy and figs. The aroma is wholly unrestrained. Flavor is equally astounding, with a symphonic three phase series. It starts with a shallow resiny grass hop a la IPA, but then gracefully morphs into a rich, sweet candied fruit movement with pears, apples and a touch of hazlenut. Finally, it crescendos into a credibly creamy run, with figments of vanilla and creme fraiche. Palate lingers of resin, pine and floral, all fresh off the tree. Completing this symphony full circle. This has got to be one of the most amazingly rounded barleywines Iíve ever savored. Whole, deep, complex, exhilirating and inspiring. Iím holding back from a 5, only because the hops come on a little strong in the palate and it could use some more spice and heavy malt sweetness.
badgerben (4334) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Barley Johnís; 2004 Vintage. Mud red color with no head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. The taste keeps those two followed up with a strong hop bitterness (Cascade?). Kind of a syrupy finish.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2005. Unlike other gushing Hair of the Dog beers Iíve had, this one is virtually uncarbonated for some reason, so I have to give it low marks on appearance. Everything else about it, though, is excellent as Iíve come to expect from HOTD. Deep golden color, nice malty and fruity flavor with a decent amount of hops to balance things. Sticky and satisfying.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unfortunately, I wasnít logged in when I wrote up more verbose comments, and it didnít preserve them. In brief, Iíve decided I just donít like the flavor of barley wine. If you do, you should probably ignore my rating....
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2004. A dark brown with light ruby tints, thin and quick white head. Heavily hopped aroma, with some caramel laced pine cones swimming in cognac. A body of molasses syrup, dried plums. Endless depth and class, a flavor which escapes vocabulary and transcends the world of beer. A masterstroke in the art of barleywine.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 12 oz bottle. Thanks Kramer17801 for this bottle. I know I would never be able to age a beer like this, I would not have the control not to drink it. Murky Brown with a very nice head. Lacing lasted forever. Aromas of dark fruit, cherry and plum. Molassas in fthe flavor to accompany the fruit and the alcohol heat. Very tasty Barley Wine.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition thanks to Joe McPhee. Not as amazing an experience as the 2001 edition perhaps because of youth. Creamy orange and pienapple and well hopped out in front.
ABUSEDGOAT (2170) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Didnít pay any attention to the bottled year so guessing this one. (update: 2004) Cloudy amber body with a nice head. Huge strong malty aroma. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate come from that. Definitely a bitter Barley Wine since there was also a noticeable hop presence. Despite the hop bitterness and the 11.5%, this went down like nothing. It was one of the best Barley Wines Iíve had.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pear, chocolate, marzipan, liquorice and alcohol are apparent in the aroma. Opaque brown-amber coloured body is topped with a low, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Strong alcohol and pineapple fruitiness with big, brown, malty sweetness and a moderately bitter, roasty finish. Quite dry, medium-full body with strong carbonation that prickles the tongue and cheeks. Strong alcohol warming. Bottle (Secret Santa, Dec-04) sampled with MartinT and Olivier_MTL. Thanks, TChrome!