KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 2004. This is one mutha of a brew. Even after a few sips, Iím feeling the love of the ABV. Exceptional beer. Tasty, smooth, and warming. This one goes on my top 10 list. Nice balance of sweetness and fruitiness, but to paraphrase Bruce Dickinson (yes, THE Bruce Dickinson), I coulda used a little more hops presence. Well worth another visit someday.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured golden copper with huge white creamy head. large sweet hoppy aroma.
Carbination is high, but so is the flavor of malts and caramel. This is a sharp refreshing brew. However good this is now, I am sure it would have been much better aged a little more.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottled. Pours cloudy brown. Fairly still with just a wisp of a head. Big sweet, malty aroma with notes of cherries, plums and cinnamon. Sticky sweet mouth feel with a lot of carbonation. Crisp, dry bitterness that fades into alcohol warmth. I believe this should have been drunk last year for more liveliness or in the future for a more mellow flavor. Itís kindda in the middle right now.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Bottle - Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is very malty and mixed with comlpex hops and spicy aromatics. Flavor is also very malty with plenty of caramel swetness to start and full of hop spice along the way... also has elements of dark fermented fruit, like brandied raisins or dried plums Finish is quite malty with a healthy amount of hop bitterness. Alcohol not very apparent in the taste, but wait a bit... a *really* good "pouch" and an really excellent barley wine.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours a murky brown color with what seems like yeast in suspension and a thick, creamy off-white head with fair lacing. Powerfull aroma of spicy and resinous hops, with caramel and alcohol. Amazing flavor of spicy and resinous hops, caramel, molasses and alcohol, lasting bitter finish. Light to medium body, liquorous texture and medium carbonation. Thanks to JoeMcPhee for this amazing beer !
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 2004 bottle opened the day before christmas eve.after popping the cap i got immediate foam flowing out of the top of the bottle.i gently poured the doggie into my snifter glass and got about 50/50 head and body.i waited about 3 minutes to take my first wiff of the aroma.it gave off a nice blend of hops and candy.i then put the glass in front of my lamp to get a mudy brown appearance with no light traveling through the snifter.when putting the claws up to my lips the first sip rushed citursy hops,sweet candy,and the barley-wine style malts.i must say its a bit hoppier than any other barley wine i have ever had.but the smooth flavor hides the alcohol really well,and its an outstanding example of an excellent barley wine.(2006 BOTTLE OPENED ON 12-28-07)reddish body with no head.cherry,hops,grapefruit,caramel,and caramel malts make up this extremely complex brew.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 #400. Muddy reddish brown. Head is a smooth creamy lasty froth. Quite attractive. The aroma is spicy hops. Delicious combination of sweet malt and cleansing hop finish. Equisite barley wine.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 (2004 12 oz bottle enoyed with great relish while listening to Mercury Revís Deserterís Songs on July 8 2005). Deep dark copper body topped by a dense, forever lasting, creamy, manila head. Glass lace is stunning with its intricate layered sheets. Looks absolutely fantastic. The aroma is lovely, hop laden, driping with dark fruit and caramel. The flavor is also fantantastic. Perfectly matched buckets of hops, even on my year old sample, and sugar, fruit, caramel. The palate is so soft adn full. The 11.5% alcohol never even shows up. This is one of the best American Style barley wines I have ever had. Simply stunning on all levels. Alan Spints rocks!
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark cloudy reddish brown, aroma is of fantastic fresh simco hops, the taste is amazing, Iíve never had a Barleywine with such depth and amazing hop presence, starts sweet and spicy, the body is very smooth and sweet, but well balanced with the hops, simply a great brew, you guys rock!
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(2003 bottle) A slow pour successfully fit it all into a pint glass to reveal a beige head atop an otherwise clear garnet-brown body filled with tendrils of "smoke." As consumed, the "smoke" merges with the rest of the fluid into a murky mixture that leaves lovely lacing. Aroma is sweet, caramel, plum/raisin, grapefruit, some chocolate, pine, mint, alcohol, light smoke. Taste is sweet, chocolate, raisin/date, caramel, grapefruit, pine, some woody vinousness, light smoke, mint. The full body reveals the alcohol, but holds it very well, never letting it take over the beer. Light carbonation, resiny/sticky. Perfect for sipping. HotD has made a tremendous American-style barleywine, one they can show off with pride. Would that I could obtain this beer readily, or, at the very least, I had brought more bottles back with me from Portland.