dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle, thanks Jared. Pours a deep amber orange, dark copper if you prefer, with thin off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of a nice citrus and herbal hops, very nice malt backbone, caramel, and spices. Flavor matches well, but has a sweetness that starts to take over in my opinion. Maybe with a little more age, this will be just about right, or maybe I prefer younger, I will have to try both!
JefVerstraete (1450) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade, manythanks Kump! Murky amber/orange colour, creamy beige foam. Aroma of peach, apricot, honey, caramel, toffee. Malty base with sweet undertones of brown sugar. Hoppy finish. Well balanced. Very good barley wine!
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003, 12oz bottle. Hazy copper color, large, tightly bubbled off white head, almost a fruity aroma, thick and sticky on the tongue. The alcohol is quite up front. slightly tart finish. better to age this one
tectactoe (2014) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks, Ron. Thick pour; fuzzy, cloudy, burnt tan in color. Opaque, like unfiltered apple cider with little bits of sediment. Very thin, off-white film caps it off. Highly sweet & unattenuated aroma. Deep syrupy molasses, brown sugar, burnt toffee, graham cracker, honey, & a pinch of dark fruit. As expected, sweet on the palate, but not cloying or overbearing at all. Molasses, toffee, caramel, all quite syrupy with a mild, underlying burnt sugar element. Toasty malts with a light alcoholic bite. Warmth brings out more dark fruits; black cherry, candied plum, red apple, & even some pear. A little ash & grassiness towards the finish from the hops, but this thing is malt bomb without a doubt. Heavy body, lots of residue sticking to the palate with each sip. A very big barley wine, in terms of body, sweetness, & alcohol, but despite the intensity in all areas, it remains questionably easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
McNeillR (1240) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy light brown, ringed white head. Nutty, maple sweet and sweaty socks nose. Bright bronze sweet malt and fading booze burn. Light metallic, blood and soaked pancake finish. Clean enough mouthfeel, not oily or brassy at all apart from the taste.
Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul
neuromatt (1168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of JB, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy brown with a large tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of molasses and toffee, along with moderate piney hops. Figs and fruit are present as well. The flavour is moderately sweet with lots of molasses, toffee and figs paired with a moderate piney, resinous hop character. Malts are complex and elegant, slightly predominating over hops that are generous for the style. The finish is long and surprisingly hoppy with a peppery character. On the palate it is medium in body with a slightly acidic texture and average carbonation. Overall, a great barley wine with very nice malts and surprisingly big hops. 2014-09-11
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 9/8/14 from a 12oz bottle received in a trade. Pours a very pretty, fiery amber with a thin beige head that leaves an average collar with spot of lace in the center of the glass. The nose is toasted, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, honey, and plenty of well-aged hops balancing. The flavor is the same with an added fruity note balancing all of the malty sweetness and bitterness from the hops. The body is very full with a bit below average carbonation, and a long sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and lightly bitter and fruity hops finish.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(old rating ACBF ’12) Brown to redbrown beer, dark beige medium head. Fruity aroma of grapegruit, pineapple, red fruit, sweet malts and alcohol. Silky sweet in taste, with red fruit (wine-like) and some hop bitterness in the backtaste. Good.
kraddel (3454) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles shared with Belgbeergeek . 2012 VS 2013
Pours coper brown , white head . Smell is sweet, but dusty . Taste is bit metallic , sweet, typical HOTD . Bit bitter , some herbs . 4,1 -------- ; The bottle actually PUKED on me . Upon opening, there came a muddy substance out of the bottle ( at high speed ) , the inside of the cap was completely covered in a thick layer , and the neck was completely blokked with like a Centimeter of .... well, of what ? Rests of the hoppallets ? this should not be in any beer , ever , when it is bottled . certainly not so much, and how the hell did it get in the top ? this bottle was stored upwards since I had it ( a few months I believe ) . This is just groce. I will not calculate this view, If I would , this beer would end up way under average . ---
Pours pretty much the same as the 2012 , but with a darker head . Smell is green , sweatfeet ( it were probably hoppallets ) Taste is bitter , cheese, more hoppyness. Typical HOTD tastes underneath . Bit honey .
-- a beer that is truly unique by making the biggest HOTD fan look like he was penetrated by an elephant , multiple times . This version really sucked , Not calculating this one too much , because I’d like to think it is not standard . Yet if they have the respect to sell a bottle like this , its gonna cost them sóme points !
jbruner (2356) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to trade with jdb288! Pours a hazy copper brown with thin khaki colored head that leaves light lace. Aroma is whole cone resinous hops, definitely simcoe, then it falls to deep fruits and booze. Taste is more towards the malty sweetness, no bitterness, dark fruit of English yeast esters, nice balance and no booze until it hits your gut. Light carbonation, warming, damn fine.
Alengrin (2065) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
New Year’s beer with wild honey, Simcoe and Amarillo. Off-white head on a deep bronze beer. Complex, tempting aroma of caramel, candied cherries, dates, ginger, chocolate, grapefruit; very exciting, complex taste, fruity and malty sweetness in so many layers, exotic fruits, deep and creamy palate, ending in a warm but never astringent alcoholic presence as well as delicate aromatic hops. Another masterpiece of my favorite American brewery and again a contender for the title of ’best beer I ever had’. Man, I wish I could have this any day...