iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle: Red amber below a fluffy marshmallow cream. Sweet floral and fruity hop aroma with a clear presence of alcohol. Sharp biting alcohol that snaps you into the reality of the 10% abv. Perfume and sugary pine flavours are slightly noticeable, but I am having a hard time getting there. Finish is nice however – clean and light bitterness like a good English bitter. Another interesting to be sure from HOTD, maybe this one needs some time to chill out.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 51 I think: This brew pours with a giant rocky off white head. Cloudy copper golden brown or so. Nose of alcohol, butterscotch schnapps, maple walnut icing. The aromas follow through on the palate, toffee, banana walnut, maple syrup, more butterscotch, lemon extract, citrus, orange, light sweet bread, candy sugar. Great mouthfeel, although perhaps overcarbonated? Like a tripel and barleywine, and some other stuff smashed into a fermenter with some maple syrup. Very sweet. Finishing very interesting, strange hops, perhaps the combination of 10 varieties confuses my palate. An interesting brew. CHEERS to Fred Eckhardt!
jgb9348 (5551) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden coloured body with a super-dense white head. Aroma of slight sweetness and a mild yeasty quality. Full-bodied; Sweet tastes are ever-present with a more subtle hoppy background and a small malt taste. Aftertaste is very alcoholic and a bit too bitter. Overall, a decent barley wine, but not on the level of the top dogs (not any of these Hair of the Dogs!). I shared this twelve ounce bottle with Phil (haddon90) in Knoxville, Tennessee...thanks again Phil!
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fred has a huge foamy head. He takes a while to settle down. The aroma he gives off is likened to piss and apples. He is enjoyed as intelligent at first, clear, bright, pleasant, but then leaves a trace of bitterness behind. I'd say it would be best to serve Fred to acquaintances you think are cool but don't really want to hang out with for longer than an hour.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rosy golden color with a fluffy white head. Particulate matter in suspension doesn't move very much, which is really cool. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with hints of apple and burnt sugar. Flavor caresses the tongue slowly with malty sweetness, then draws back to leave the sting of alcohol and bitterness of hops on the back of the tongue.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Pours hazy dark amber color with a huge creamy off-white head that settled at a leisurely pace. Aroma is rich, malty, fruity with a sweet bread nose and citrus and mild earth notes. Flavor is amazingly complex, sweet like malt syrup with lots of hop bite and citrus flavors. Thick body and creamy carbonation when rolled around them mouth. Nice brew from HotD!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy amber in colour with a huge head and fantastic lacing. Nose is floral and citrus. Flavour is sweet with a spicy hoppiness. Finish is dry, hops and alcohol.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge white frothy head that is long lasting, orange cloudy. The nose is very citrusy w hops + flowers. The taste is starts sweet and full, middle and finish are hoppy w lots of alcohol. Body is alcoholy.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
POUR CAREFULLY. The beer pours with a huge head (more head then beer). The cloudy caramel color with a huge white head of fine bubbles. The head fade very slowly. The aroma is of hops and malt. Flavor is big on the hops more spicey then piney or citrusy but all hop flavors are present. There is also a nice medium roasted malt taste that is a very good and unique contrast to the large hop profile. The alcohol is almost unnoticable. Great beer.
muzzlehatch (4460) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, batch 51. Cloudy copper with a ridiculous head that just WILL NOT DIE. Butterscotch, plums, port in the nose, decadent and rich. Immense in the flavor profile also, very thick and viscous supporting a massive caramel sugariness along with biting orangey hops. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but very well-balanced, powerful and memorable.