Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #41. Poured with almost no head. Color is a couldy carmel amber. Has a very fruity sweet nose with a little malt. The flavor starts out out fruity and caramel, but quickly develops a more pungent, spicy finish with a hint of alcohol.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa, this one is quite a mouthfeel. An overwhelmingly complex ale, in ever category. This could fall into a couple of areas, but the pour is very nice, pours out thick, viscous and bubbly, with sweet aromas filling the air. Very little head, but has some nice lacing later on in the drink. The taste has a bit of an uncharacteristic bite, but mellows out into a nice rich bw with flavors ever changing with each sip.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 My 100th rating, couldn't have picked a better one. Yet another pretty much perfect beer from Hair of the Dog. Pineapples and strong alchohol in the smell, pours with a gigantic almost infinite-lasting head. Every HOTD I've tried seems to pour that way, and this had a tame head compared to most... Thick lacing everywhere on the glass as it disappears. Spicyness on the tongue with bananas in the finish, ultra smooth and extremely complex. I'm starting to think this might be the best brewery in the world, they make some truly unique incredible beers. Pineapple, banana, some spices. This is simply unbelievable, once again. Batch #51, maybe I should age some and see what happens. Could this possibly get any better???
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated Batch #48 and Batch #4 side-by-side. Ratings above reflect averages of the two. Batch #4: Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/20/03. No head at all on vigorous, slow pour. It looks almost bourbon-like in texture and dark, beautiful ruby-caramel in color. Fantastic nose like a fine barley wine should have, but this one is truly exceptional, even among the greats-- warming caramel alcohol (like a dessert flambe), decadent malt, and shades of fruit, maybe pear. Literally mouth-wateringly good. First taste reveals a complex malt, caramel, resinous flavor and incredibly creamy, buttery texture. Slight burn of alcohol creates activity and excitement, not to mention an almost immediate warming sensation in my tummy. Slightly sweet and a bit tangy, but amazingly smooth for as much alcohol as there is (11.5%, plus whatever has been added as it has aged). Finish reveals a dark, bitter side that punishes with intensity. That's where the bulldog shows his teeth. Dirty and slowly diminishing to a subtle sting of dark malt, somewhat leathery, then suddenly very drying and mellow. This beer moves and changes all the way from its first scent to the last trace of its finish. Great stuff. Reminds me of the old Anchor Old Foghorn, only not quite as good. 10/3/9/5/17/4.4 Batch #48: Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Trader Joe's in Pasadena, CA 10/20/03. The magnificent frothy head fluffs on a gentle pour and lingers forever. Wonderful lacing and a violent carbonation-cyclone tearing up from the bottom of the glass. Pour gets much hazier as you move down the bottle, from virtually transparent to completely opaque. Light caramel color. Nose is fruity (apricot) and almost floral with hops, still strongly alcoholic but not nearly so deep as the #4. A little bit spicy, like coriander. First taste is mostly strong toasted malt, potently bitter hops, and burning alcohol, but the unbelievable head cushions the burn nicely. Finish is dark and bitter, maybe too strongly bitter for its own good. Doesn't change much or unfold to the mellow hum as elegantly as the aged Fred, but it still changes. As the bitterness leaves, it's nicely drying and mellow, like a honeycomb without the honey. This reminds me of the new Anchor Old Foghorn, only better. 8/5/7/3/16/3.9 If you have some Fred, AGE IT! If you can get some of the older stuff, cheers!
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
like a tripel eets saison. candi sugar aroma had me worried that it might be too sweet. but it was just so fat and tasty. very spicy, some coriander and lemon zest with a little blood for good measure. and an amazing finish - i kept thinking it was too sweet ut this helped the different hop flavours burst out. can't wait to get to portland next year
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark yellow, almost brown with a huge off white head. Nice lacing. Lots of fruits in the nose. Citrus and hops in the flavor ending with what almost seems like caramel. Nice smooth palate. Great barley wine.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I forgot how great this beer is, aroma to know end. The color is just thick yellow love in a glass. Hoppy up front and then fruit all over the place with a nice hoppy finish. Truely a great beer.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tropical fruit aroma.Dark blond cloudy appearance with huge head.Very bitter at first followed by tropical lemon zest flavors with a lingering bitter,herbal finish.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! It doesn't get much better than this. Complicated, but still easy, and just loaded with flavors.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #45. This is a really great beer. Head was huge and creamy. Initial flavors hoppy and complex. Packed a strong fruit/sweet dry finish. Will definetly be drinking this again.