notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 2004 bottle - intense deep amber/red color with substantial head (but actually pretty small for HOTD) - complex and inviting aroma, marked mostly by dried herbs and caramel, but with background notes of rolled oats, prunes, brown sugar, and port - thick, chewy mouthfeel - very sweet, but not cloying - intense spiciness cuts the sweetness considerably - all aspects of the aroma are present, and thensome - a woody, earthiness - light smoke - lingering hops and a "just right" alcohol presence to remind you of the gravity of the brew you are drinking - with a few more years aging, this may be worthy of a 5.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Poured a deep, rather eerie copper/orange with a nice layer of well-retained creamy beige head. Brilliant aroma of herbal hops, earthy malts, dried dark fruits, figs, and caramel. Flavor was much like the aroma, but added about 4 levels of depth and some wonderful flavors that I didn’t pick up in the aroma... lightly charred oak, a very well-placed alcohol presence, dried pine needles, molasses... Seemless and smooth on the palate, covering all the happy little taste buds with its goodness. Pretty heavy and warming on the finish. Leaves sticky fruit and tingly alcohol on the lips. Fantastic brew!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, hazy, intense hop and dried fruit aroma, flavors are an earthy cherry and caramel, with a pleasant hop finish. Sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Very good.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to kramer17801 for this one. this is damn delicious. pours a dark red with little head. reminds me so much of old foghorn with a kick. caramel malts. hops barley and a light fruity taste. this is damn good. very very good i love this beer. i wish i had another. thank you kramer
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle courtesy of my main man Wohlfs. Pours medium brown with a huge light beige head, that lasts the whole beer. Big roasted malt, burnt grain aroma up front. Some fruity hops in the background. Piney/citrus hop kick grabs hold right off the bat in flavor, gives way to a nice mollasses and caramel/residuel sugar flavor through the middle. Full bodied, syrup mouthfeel. As it warms aroma gets a warming/alcohol bite to it. Very "hot" still, needs some age. Still very good right now.
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.