mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2004 vintage. Pours a reddish brown with a thin head and not much carbonation. Smells like dried fruit, caramel, hops, malts, and cherry. The flavor was fairly hoppy with a nice warming feel to it - plenty of fruit and sugary notes. I’d like to try it again after it’s aged a bit longer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper-brown with a big beige head. Aromas of caramel malt and citrusy hops and a little bit of wood. Excellent balance of malt and hops and nice and thick on the palate. Excellent barleywine.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured copper with a nice tan head. Very nice looking beer with good lacing. Aroma has caramel, mollases, cherry, apple and vanilla. Oak and vanilla are certainly in the taste along with apple and bourbon. The alcohol is hidden very well. This is a good Barley Wine.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur rougeâtre tirant vers le brun, mousse brune pale plutôt diminuante. Arômes d’alcool, d’anis, de vanille, de levure, de bois et de pétrole. Puissantes flaveurs d’alcool, de bois et de houblon amérisant, témoignant pleinement de l’énorme présence alcoolique. Carbonatation piquante, texture huileuse.
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 (7797) - 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 (1983) - 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 (1417) - 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 don’t 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 that’s what makes playing so much fun.
JMerritt (1793) - 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 Sam’s 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...