Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 What can I say but another Hair of the Dog bottle of rocket fuel. It has a deep golden color with a nice head. The flavor has a good dose of alcohol but is quite well balanced with hops and fruit flavors. The body is thick. It will keep me buying...
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color with a TALL head and excellent lacing. This looks very light for a barleywine. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes, ESP aprichot. Flavor has detectable alcohol, orange, hops and yeast. Dry and bitter palate, big hoppy finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 Batch #47. Huge frothy head and a nice golden color. A nice sharp aroma of hops and spices. Complex hop character and a nice flavor that is sweeter than I was expecting. A pleasant aftertaste lasts forever and I can feel the alcohol in my throat. Some fruity and spicy flavors also emerge. A truly excellent brew.
PorterPounder (5830) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma, sweet molasses, fresh citrusy fruit and Christmas spices. Appearance - head looks exactly like a root beer float - took at least five minutes to settle! Has a cloudy, murky brown appearance - lots of floating sediment. Flavor - like sweet toffee. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering at all. More dopplebock sweetness to it than a Barley Wine in my opinion. Good, thick mouthfeel. Overall, an excellent beverage.
seven7dust (11) - Missoula, Montana, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Beer, great to drink and have a good time. Flavor isn't as good as Adam, but still a great beer.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. This is a very very good ale. I couldn't believe the head on this bad boy. It was sudsy and fluffy and took up about 2/3 of my westvleteren glass. It stuck around awhile as well, having a constant inch of fluffiness floating on top of the hazy brown liquid. The aroma is FULL. Peach, pear, alcohol fills the nostrils. The taste is COMPLEX. It actually changes as you drink it. At the begining the hops came through more than the malt, then I noticed the fruit tones more, and near the end I was getting this awesome spike of sugar on my toungue with a nice dry finish. I would buy this again in a heartbeat.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Fred is labeled as a "Golden Special Ale". At 10% abv and using 10 different hop varieties I would agree that it is indeed something special. It was also a nice golden color as promised by the name. My bottle possibly suffered some shaking at some point in its life as the head was out of control. It took me 5 minutes plus to pour the thing. Even then it took a wee while before it abated enough to even think about drinking it. Aroma was nice, I could smell those hops as well as a generous helping of malts. Taste plenty of hops, a good round malt nose. The bottle had a nice layer of yeast sediment in it proving that this is a bottle conditioned ale. At 10% abv I was worried that it might be a little bit harsh, but it was not at all. The bottle copy says that the beer is made with 10 different hop varieties from 5 different countries. I believe it, the hop complexity is amazing. There are very floral hops in there (cascades?) as well as some traditional European hops (Saaz?). Regardless of the exact ingredient list this is a beer well worth seeking out.
BillKismet (3407) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice orange amber with a perfect head that rimes the beer nicely. Very fruity aroma is reminiscent of two better barleywines (Port Townsend Barleywine and Pyramid 500 year old Ale). The flavor was moderately complex, leaning decidely towards a candy orangish with an accompanying slight sourness. Syrupy smooth with a light bitter finish that dissapears momentarily after each sip. Alcohol is balanced well. Another fine Barleywine for the PNW.
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 June 2006 - Oh what a difference a few years makes on one’s palate! I really was not ready for this the first go round. Ruby body with a small tan head despite a vigourous pour. Big aroma of hops, malt, and alcohol (which increases as it warms) not quite citrusy. Bitter hops and a slight bite/tang that I do not know where to attribute - the hops or the rye malt? Hops seem simple at first glance, yet have a strong depth of character and a solid foundation. Big syrupy palate with light pleasant carbonation. Very nice beer. Deceptively brilliant, a very nice beer. 7-8/3/8/4/16-18 - 4.1<P>
Oct 2000 - Looks and smells somewhat like malt extract. Hot alcoholy taste..warms you from the first sip! Can’t quite place the flavor. Sort of bitter, but different. It says it has rye malt in it, so I think it might be that that I’m tasting. It is unique, but not altogether enjoyable. 4/2/3/3/8 - 2.0
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ginormous head; I did not follow the instructions very well - pour slowly. With the overflow I think an ounce or two ended up on the counter. No matter there was still plenty left to kick my butt. Nicely complex in the nose and flavor dept, spicy sweet with a plethora of hops tracing across the tounge to balance the alcohol quite nicely. Had to look for the ABV percentage half way through to confirm the warm feeling I was getting. A very interesting creation, does not really fit in a single style, more like a Belgian-Barley.