Kinz (3363) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Didnít strike me even remotely as a barley wine. Clearly Belgian in nature, poured a huge tan head over a cloudy, deep amber body. Nose of belgian candy and malts. The tast starts malty and yeasty, finishing with a surprising hop bitterness at the end. An interesting twist. The rye was totally obliterated. 7:3:7:3:16 RERATE: 7/1/06, Batch 63, thanks to Numenor. Medium amber, OK head. Loads of caramel, toffee, and pine. Flavor matches, but has a bit of fruitiness, hay bitterness. No Belgian nature floating in this batch. Rating updated.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful, enormous candy head - the Great Dane of foam! I thought I might need a straw to drink it! An unusual color for a barley wine too. Fresh, fresh aroma, subtle, sweet, fine, yeasty, malty, and bitter all at the same time (I even detected a hint of green apple) - this beer is astonishingly complex and has a perfect palate. First it's sweet, then heavy and malty, then light and smooth, but with no demarcation - it all flows seamlessly. I could drink this all night, or at least until I fall out of my papasan chair!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Belgian like fruitiness. A bit dry and musty in the finish. Not as heavy as I thought it would be. A bit cloudy, with noce lingering head. i donít think I would call this a barley wine except for the fact that itís very high in alcahol. Rerate 090604: Batch 52. Be carefulpouring this one. Carbonation is very active. Carbonation comes up from the bottom of the glass like smoke from a cigarette. Very fruity with lots of fig. Lots of honey also. Head is all over the place and it retains nicely. Spiceand honey come to mind while drinking this. Hides the alcahol very well. Awesome beer. Rererate 122304: Thereís apricot to it as well. This beer is like the movie AIRPLANE. You can watch it or taste over and over and over and notice something new from it everytime. I bimped it one more point because it has really impressed me the four times Iíve had it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a cloudy light copper with a one finger high head of spongy soft yellow cream and recieves thin stringed lace rings. Smell is soft bread, medicine-like alcohol, citrus of pineapple and juicy fruit gum. Taste is largely alcoholic, sharp and quick, good caramel maltyness and a highly hopped grab thats a bit citrusy with quick sensing pineyness. Finishes back into caramel and toffee with a lingering alcohol warmth and airy hoppy dryness. Super full body and strength of alcohol, wow! Major sipper, this took forever to finish. It gets smoother and mellows some as it warms.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely amber color, quickly diminishing head, superly complex flavors for a barleywine, and pretty well disguised 10% alcohol. Fred, Adam, and Doggie Claws put Hair of the Dog at the top of Oregon breweries.
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2003 very interesting stuff - i agree with duff that it's belgian tasting - reminded me a lot of dupont moinette blond. bready, yeasty, herbal, leafy, richly buttery-malty, subtly infused with passionfruit and dried apple, finishing with an orangey tartness, and long dry tobacco aftertaste - bloody hell this was a very unique, beautiful, amazingly complex beer. thanks duff
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite big and sweetish. Nose and flavour are very Belgian to me. Quite floral, peppery and spicy, with a bittering finish, helping to balance out the sweetness. A really enoyable beer, a bit saisony aswell.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
my first hair of the dog, i believe that iíve been bit. golden orange in color. no real lacing. tastes, smells and looks like a barley wine. complex aroma and taste. to the nose: lots of alcohol, malt and some maple syrup. strong alcohol flavor especially as the beer begins to warm. other flavors include apple and some sourness. canít wait to try more hair of the dog.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Re-rate: Dark amber/golden color with big off white head. Aroma has caramel, light citrus notes, hints of pineapple, corriander, and a vague spiceness. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, definite presence of rye towards the middle, with a spicey finish, well balanced that leans just slightly to the bitter side. A little over carbonated for my tastes.
Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a beautiful velvet-like white head. Aroma is reminds me of a belgian tripel: orange and strawberries give a fruity character, with light hoppy notes interspersed, a candi sugar backbone intermingled with malt and belgian spices. Flavor is malty up front, with candi sugar lending a perfect amount of sweetness, very carbonated (a little too much), with a slighlty bitter finish and an alcohol warmth as is drops down. Very crisp and clean; hides its alcohol remarkably well. An exellent brew.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2003 Aroma: Smelled like a delicious chocolate malt.
Appearance: Poured a cloudy orange color with a huge long lasting head!
Flavor: Tastes like more chocolate with a strong hop finish. The chocolate taste surprised me because of the color of this beer.
Palate: Had a nice mouthfeel to it!
Overall: Found this to be a good beer which hid its alcohol extremely well. This wasn't like any Barley Wine I've ever had, as I usually dislike that style. I will definitely try this again, but I must be careful to watch that 10% ABV. It is well hidden in this beer!