HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Toronado. Pours golden to red with a medium head. Aroma is fairly alcoholic with not much else. Flavor is sweet and again dom inated by alcohol. This one is in your face. The palate could be decribed as a bit cloying. It finishes with a lasting sweetness and more alcohol.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Original rating in 2006: 188.8.131.52.19 On tap at Collins Pub REAL Stong Beer Festival. 3 tasters/$6. í03 vintage. Wow. Deep red with good head. Can smell it before she even takes her hand away from the glass. Fantastic strong smells of toffee and vanilla, a little banana. Hints of brown sugar, banana, vanilla, toffee. Some dark cherry flavors. Great flavor, and not at all overpowering by alcohol. Impressive beer...I got goose bumps drinking it.
Re-rate Fresh í07 Bottle: Hazy brownish red with beautiful fluffy head. Amazing hop aroma. The previous aged í03 I had was mild in the hops, this is the exact opposite. The switch in focus to hops post í04 completely changed this beer; but itís just as good both ways. I loved it the first time, and I love it now.
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 2003 (drank on 26th Birthday): 11.5%. Pours to a hazy/murky flat mahogany body with a thin white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is very strong. Sweet caramel malts, dried alcoholic fruits including strawberries and grapefruit, simcoe hops. The flavor is a nice alcoholic sweet malt that is full of caramel, powdered sugar, deep flavorful malts, alcoholic strawberries. Intense. Spicy, yeasty, fennel. The palate has lots of noticeable alcohol in it. But, in this case, it is divine. Medium-full body and lingering warming. Almost a touch overpowering. This is mighty tasty. 10, 4, 8, 4, 18 = 4.4
2004 (drank on 26th Birthday): 11.5%. Pours to a clean very dark red-hued brown body with a large beige head and excellent lacing. The aroma is very citrusy compared to the 2003. Nice yeasts, bready malts, licorice. The flavor is a toasty malt with oranges, pine, sweet malts, powdered sugar. A whole different beast a year "fresher". (assuming same recipe). The palate is thicker, chewier, and creamier. They seem like totally different beers but both are awesome in their own right. 10, 5, 8, 5, 18 = 4.6
Averaged to 4.5.
2005:Very citrusy. Wowzers. Hoppy, malty, barley. Still as good as ever. 9, 5, 9, 5, 18 = 4.6
walleye (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
got this in a trade but lost my notes. so thank you to the one that sent this beer. poured a orangish brown with a slighty off white head. aroma hops and more hops, alcohol, grapefruits, pine. flavor, got to lot the hops and the burn of the alcohol, caramel, citrus and just a touch of malts and fruits. a very good beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle from Kramer17801. Pours orangish brown, not much head. Aroma of alcohol, dried fruit, and floral hops. Flavor is very intense hops and sweet malt. Finish is warming, bitter, resiny, and somewhat boozy. A very good barleywine
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from kms399! Murky orange/brown pour, thin white head. Nose is sweet, candied grapefruit, with some floral and pine notes shining through. Flavor is sweet, but not as sweet as the nose foreshadows. More grapefruit, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Hops are apparent, and balance well with the other flavors. LOVED IT!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an experience! From bottle. Pours a cloudy brown/orange with small off-white head. Nose is of candied grapefruit, dense floral aroma and pine. Flavor follows nose with less sweetness, a little bitter finish and well hidden alcohol. Very hoppy! I would have thought this was an IIPA had the label not said differently. Another exceptional brew from HoTD!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of kms339 pours murky brown with a small white head. Too metallic and watered down. Tastes like a good homebrew and not a great 99 percentile barley wine from a Pacific NW brewer.
tennisjoel (1297) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Made in 2005. Crimson in color. Heavy berry and bready aromas greet the senses. Syrupy texture coats the throat going down. Warming. One too many of these might get you pretty loopy. I can taste the alcohol, albeit itís not so strong to turn me off. This is top notch. Better with each sip!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. The first thing I noticed when I popped th elid and brought the bottle to my nose was an almost perfume like aroma. After pouring into a snifter, that aroma turns more hoppy with some sweet fruits. The colour is almost ruby, and while it looks non-hazy, i canít see through it. The first sip is fantastic. This is what Iíve been looking for in a barley wine. The taste has fruit like sweetness. Like digging into strawberries, watermelon, and kiwi. There is no dryness, or alcohol burn here. The hops develop fantastically from the first sip and produce a climax of perfect blance at the finish. This is really good.