Steve_0 (2665) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pour is murky, orange brown with a big fluffy cream-colored head and great lacing. Big caramel, raisins, toffee, plums, figgy, woody, sherry, bourbon, grapey, and earthy aroma. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, burnt raisins, bready, light cocoa, toffee, candied oranges, grass, and marshmallows. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Another beautifully crafted, easy-drinking barley wine from Hair of the Dog. Delicious!
berntholer (920) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ivorywhite head, disappears quickly without lacing. amber clear colour. aroma of cherry, porto, sweet, candysugar. taste like aroma with sweet finish. medium body and carbonation.
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of wood, red fruits, vanilla, bourbon, malts, dried fruits and alcohol. Malty flavour, wood, vanilla, liquorice, dried fruits, quite sweet. Full body. Finish vanilla, wood, malts, caramel and red fruits. Nice!!!
(From 33cL bottle shared @ the pre-RBBWG get-together at Tim’s place. Vintage 2013. Gift by Vincent, thanks!! It has been thoroughly enjoyed!)
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Semi-transparent deep, deep ruby mahogany color with a moderate off-white head. Complex aroma of caramel, figs, dates, stone fruits, wood, and a little leather. Subtle sweetness, some tannin character, not quite full-bodied. Average carbonation and a residual bitter finish. Mild to moderate booziness.
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
17/I/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a - 2013 vintage (2014-61) Thanks to BelgBeerGeek and Tinus for sharing the bottle!
Clear purple brown beer, big creamy beige head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, bourbon? MF: lots of carbon, full body. Taste: pretty sweet start, lots of dried fruits, caramel, raisins, some vanilla. Aftertaste: pretty hoppy, dried fruits, bit sweet and sugary. Lovely beer! A true masterpiece!
KansaiBeerLvrs (2055) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Hair of the Dog beer, shared at Kerry's mini tasting. 2009 vintage, 10% an opaque orange copper. Definite oaky, barrel aged character with vanilla & sweet fruity notes. The taste is sweet, candy, woody, cherry, honey, a bit of a flavor profile that gives a nod towards whiskey from the barrel flavors. An incredibly complex beer, the barrel notes are quite subtle which I appreciate, quite avoid beer.
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neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass next to Fred. Pours hazy mahogany with a small tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves no lace. The nose has huge notes of molasses, oak and dark fruit, along with herbal notes and subtle smoke. The flavour is sweet, with molasses, dark fruit, toasted oak and subtle spice. The finish is long and malty with molasses and toasted oak. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and light carbonation. Overall, this is a great barley wine; it is incredibly complex with beautiful malts, nice oaky notes and just the right amount of hops. It is even more complex than the base, which itself is incredible. 2014-01-04
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to umich03jm shared. Pours darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has oaky notes over a malty sweet, chocolatey, nutty beer. Taste is sweet and woody. Big body and mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.
VastActiv (2834) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, wood, some spices and malts. Warm and gentle.
dominodoug (1) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This 2009 I received had a sour nose. The oak was present but smoothed out. The taste was initially sweet but finished slightly boozy.