Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a chalice. The beer pours a medium to slightly dark amber color, with a moderate white head that lessens, but still remains for essentially the duration of the sample’s consumption. The nose shows strong English medium-high and high crystal malt; brown sugar, raison, and candied prune. As the sample appears to have some age on it, hop notes have fallen away. The palate is full, in-your-face, and unmistakably that of a Barley Wine-style ale. Raison, slight sherry notes, caramel, molasses, and a slight tinge of character-adding alcohol come through. Residual sweetness levels are high, coming quite close to being cloying. Carbonation is nicely calibrated. Mouthfeel is full, without being inappropriately filling. The general flavor profile of the sample is not unlike a tawny port. The finish is long, sweet, and full of English crystal malt character. Overall, an example of the style that is pleasant, but highly aggressive, and close to being unbalanced. Enjoyable.
rosenbergh (8252) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Hair of the Dog, Portland, OR. 2014 vintage.
Murky mid-brown colour with a creamy light tan head.
Strong malty aroma with sweetness, hoppy bitterness and dark fruits. Balanced. Awesome flavour... A perfect balance of malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness and dark fruitiness. I'm in heaven... No! I'm in Portland.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Macegan75 (743) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Bottle from my cellar. Pours a light mahogany brown with a suspension appearance of tiny yeast particles. Nose is crystal malt, corn sugar, honey, and booze. Taste is similar with a sweet finish. Tastes like a good 2 year old Barleywine should.
knickskicks (852) - - APR 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2013. Copper pour. Nose is ash, rotten apricot, paper. Taste is ash, booze, and paper.
Nocturne (1074) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Craftheads, Tokyo. Hazy reddish brown shade. Ring of head. Aroma has cherry, almond, caramel, a hint of chocolate and plenty of hop resinousness. Taste is a slight step down but still impressive, with a nice chewy texture. A tad underwhelming but still very good.
gEUS (1388) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Several pours from a leaking 2004 magnum bottle... but still holding up well!! Pours deep copper, low carbonation. Held up very well in the nose: dates, sweet raisins, sweet desert wine, a tad madeira wine, caramel. Sweet body with bitter notes as from the middle, Taste is toffee, figs, dates... Interesting.
alobar (3010) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper color with aroma of brown sugar, caramel, fig, and honey. Sweet honey flavor with caramel, fig, brown sugar, and raisin. 2009 bottle. This is a great beer.
mstrcrwly (590) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 & 2014 bottles poured into a snifter..amber/brown with a thin off white head..aroma of caramel,spices,lemon..sharp taste with toffee,honey,dark fruit notes.expected much better.
Marheb (2855) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cuvée 2014): Un liquide qui n’est pas gâté par la nature, seulement sa mère le trouve beau. L’arôme est décente, fruits séchés, mélasse, bois brûlé, fumé, une bonne dose de chaleur et de cayenne. En bouche ça goûte un peu trop jeune, presqu’aucune trace de madérisation, juste la présence de petits fruits et de houblons affaissés. Le corps est dénudé, l’effervescence est absente, très difficile de poursuivre.
furthur (354) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sampler at brewery. Cloudy deep Amber, good head and lace. Aroma malt and faint fruit. Taste is sweet and spicy and fruity. Opens with sweet apple and apricot, ranging to banana and raisin its some clove spice. Palate is rich, carbonation moderate, perhaps a touch sharp
PriorL (2488) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle during (mostly) Hair of the Dog beers tasting. Many thanks again Jef!
APPEARANCE: dark blond beer, small stable off white head.
NOSE: alcohol, fruity, oak, nice.
TASTE: alcohol, fruity.