Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hair of the Dog’s classic barley wine commemorating the late Fred Eckhardt, Portland’s influential beer author. Loose, egg-white, irregular head needing some forcing to form but well retaining after that, beautiful deep and pure amber colour, clear with a small flake of protein here and there initially but many more of those with deposit, rendering the beer cloudy dark orange. Powerful and somewhat unusual bouquet of blood orange, grapefruit, mango, freshly toasted bread, watermelon, dried banana, vanilla, pink pepper, white port wine, cider, pear brandy, caramel, chlorine-like hint and even something diary-like (buttermilk - diacetyl?), but in all very agreeable. Candied sweet onset, marmelade, melon, papaja, canned apricot, some sourish berries, citrus peel freshness, expectedly soft carbonation, slick, oily and supple mouthfeel, thick caramel malt sweetness, honeyish, rich with a bitterish toasted edge for balance especially in the finish as well as a certain rye bread-like ’deep’ sourishness, where it is accompanied by peppery hops with a brief but unmistakable sharpish American ’sting’ and retronasal floral and citrus aromas but quite mildly so yet very complex (unsurprisingly seen the amount of hop varieties used), as well as the expected glow of white rhum-like alcohol, becoming just a little bit wry in the end but not disturbingly so especially considering this particular beer style. The big caramel malt sweetness triumphs in the end but remains well balanced by the bittering hops. Delicious sipper with certain ’Belgian’ traits, mostly sweet but in an elegant, seductive manner and well-balanced with bitterish hop and toasted notes. I wonder what this would taste like with some mild maderisation after several years of cellaring... Expensive, but I’m glad I bought this. Hair of the Dog rarely disappoints!
solidfunk (6767) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Potent stuff. Lots of caramelized barley. Candied apple and booze with some very sweet tangerine. Pours cloudy orange without much head. Lots of sediment floating around. Very sweet finish. Slightly syrupy consistency. Bottle my dad sent me from brewery.
ippopotamo36 (1256) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Belgrade-Serbia tasting on 31/10/2015. Bottle courtesy of luttonm, many thanks. Pours light amber color, hazy with sediments in the glass, almost no head. Nose: sweet, peach, apricot, sweet fruit jam. Amazing. Mouth: sweet yellow fruit molasses, orange marmalade, bitter elegant finish. Rich peculiar beer.
mike_77 (4781) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown. Clear. Flavour is extremely malty. Lots of bread and fruity sugars too.
hansvf (563) - - OCT 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kleur tussen oranje en koper in. Geen schuim. Jammer. Geur als quadrupel, barley wine. Met peer, sinaasappel. Niet echt mijn smaak. Ziet, carbo, en iets geks...
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Craftheads. Blonde. Wow, lovely taste. Rounded, booze is there but hidden. Very smooth. Grainy, but sweet, orchard fruit, sticky sweetness. Treacle/golden syrup. Very easy drinking. Lovely stuff.
Maarten1993 (781) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank @ Borefts 2015 (saturday).Seeet beer, lots of taste. Very rich. Barley and malt come to mind.
sir__v (1689) - Lille, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Borefts 2015, De Molen Bodegraven - NL. Color: clear amber beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: barley and malt domination, small sweet alcohol finish. Taste: full body and very oily sensation. Nice sweet malt taste and cereal. Very sweet finish. Aftertaste: alcohol domination and sweet cereal finish.
markextrae (3145) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample from draft at borefts 15. poured a slight cloudy golden colour with a white head. nose has buttery notes, barley, and sticky caramel. raisins, and caramel malts aswell. prunes, slight bitter hop bitterness finish.
MarcoDL (3627) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Borefts 2015. Aroma of bitter raisin and caramel. Flavor is of a typical bitter us barley wine, so raisin, caramel and malt. Nice, but nothing spectacular.