axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a deep mahogany color with a sticky tan head. Aroma is malty with flowers. Flavors are molasses, cherry pie, carmel, smoked peat, and alcohol with a surprising bubble gum-like hop finish. Somewhat bready and syrupy. Very wll made.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 (From bottles and on tap at Siboire, in Sherbrooke):
Darker coloured than the 2002. Earthy yeast dries up the many berries and candied figs. Wood is evoked, rendering sagacity to the surrounding elements.
Citrusy hops flourish through the big bubbles and strong carbonation. Wood gets along with the burrowing alcohol, and caramelized malt sweetness balances out the salient resinous finish.
A magnificently disshevelled Christmas tree.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color, a light tan foamy head. Nose is quite bitter and hoppy, unexepected, with some light yeast and dough notes. Taste is hopps up front with a good amount of yeast, bread, dough, and malt mixed very well. Balance in your mouth is very well done. Has the here comes the bitterness just kidding mouth full of bread attitude. I liked it alot.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like the simple elegance of HoTD labels, but this un was even more purty. It be all glittersome and whatnot. Gawd dog, an it have a head as big as that yar bulldawg and it takes a holt uh yer tongue and donít let go fer a while. No need to be alarmt on acount uh this yar dawg is powerful gentle. It has a sweet side, ya see and thatís what makes playing so much fun.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 12 oz. bottle purchased at Samís Wine, Chicago. Pours a very dark burgundy with a small off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Slightly oily texture that lightly coats the glass as you swirl. Aroma of caramel, toffee, prunes, alcohol, herbal hops, cinnamon graham crackers - more complex than my limited vocabulary can describe. Sweet, syrupy flavor, big on molasses and maple syrup and rounded out by alcohol and a slight roastiness. Light-to-moderate carbonation with a slick, slightly oily texture. My first Hair of the Dog beer, and a great introduction to this brewery. I wish this was distributed into Illinois farther than Chicago.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04 Bottle - Deep chestnut brown, thick fizzy tan head. Intense rich nose of caramelized pineapple, brown sugar, pine, and citrus, with softer notes of earth, cherry, and apricot. Flavor was supper hopped up (pine, citrus, some earth) on the front side without any harsh bitterness, and balanced to near perfection with more sweet caramel, some dark fruit, and hints of toffee. Full bodied and chewy throughout, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Absolutely fantastic...
Braudog (5391) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dirty red brown with a solid marshmellowy head ... Nice sweet malt (yet floral) aroma. Smooth ... the alcohol powers through, but this is a mellow brew ... citrus, cookie dough, light spices. Very nice.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a deep mahogany body with a long-lasting creamy beige head. Aroma of fresh baked bread, grapefruit, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and cherries. Chewy body with flavor of Christmas fruit cake and a dry finish.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - 2004 vintage courtesy of Saarlander in our latest trade. big rich malty aroma. dark brown appearance with a huge frothy tan head that takes quite some time to settle down to an oily layer of lace. flavors of oak, vanilla, hints of bourbon and an alcohol presence. this barleywine is also leaving a sticky sweetness on the lips and it has some hop bitterness on the tail end. barleywines are not my favorite style, but this is an exceptional beer. thanks Aaron!
JFGrind (1781) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle - I picked HOTD Doggie Claws @ Samís Liquors in Chicago for under $4 USD. This is an amazing barleywine! Reddish colored with perfect tan head and lacing. Full bodied malts, just the right amount of hop bitterness and fruity undertones. I think its the amarillo hops which gives Doggie Claws a unique taste.