KegOstertag (71) - - DEC 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank in pilsner glass from 12oz bottle. Aroma- citrus and rye scents. Appearance- murky/muddy orange. Tons of head and carbonation. Head did not dissapate. Taste- rye taste and boozy flavors. Not too alcoholic but its noticeable blended with the rye and citrus. Palate- strong alcoholic mouthfeel. Overall- not bad but definetely a bit boozier than expected for a golden ale.
vickvega82 (16) - Maine, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep golden color with a tall off white that dissipates reasonably quickly. The nose is all fruit and honey. the taste has some caramel undertones and some fruity accents. Its tought to nail down the main taste but it does have a bit of a chalky feel to the palette. A bit of a disclaimer this is from an older vintage and is my first round with this beer. I wonder if somehing slightly fresher would have a different feel to me. On the whole its a decent beer but the taste seems a bit confused as to what it should taste like.
XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has some sweet caramel scents and taste, taste is a bit boozier with some decent fruit flavors.
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conlepa1 (55) - Chillicothe, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 83. Bottle. Pours a dark, hazy amber. Head is huge and sturdy, even with slow pour. Head is cream in color. Highly carbonated which is uncommon with the style. Aroma is hints of grapefruit, yeast, slight bananna. Taste starts sweet and ends with a serious hop kick. Taste much different than i expected. Hops are very present. More bitter than floral. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice malt body holds up well to the hops. Resinous mouth coating. My first experience with this brewer. They obviously are interested in big, high quality craft brews. A nice selection. Seems like it would age well. Interested in trying more from these guys.
hopsandvines (52) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 85, 12oz btl. Pours clear dark gold with dark sediment flakes. Aroma of pineapple, alcohol, big malt w/ hops underneath it all in the background. Flavor is huge apricots, malt, not descript US hops. Has a full flavor without being too cloying w/ a bitter finish. Overall very good, a little unrefined, but that’s this brewery’s style it seem like. Very Good! rated by Alex
Belize2000 (23) - Loon Lake, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good! Bottle pours a light to dark amber little hazy, good head good retention, sweet woodsy smell, taste sweet rich caramel, with that good flowery taste of HOTD, A very good Barley Wine a little over malty as for the sweetness but I like it alcoholic & sweet 10.0 ABV
khoffman43 (847) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is floral, honey and alcohol. Flavor is a wonderful blend of honey, floral, malts and booze. A very good beer, but I would expect nothing less from this brewery.
ACHops (282) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ HotD. Pours dark reddish amber with thin head. Aroma is sweet candi sugars and light caramel malts. Doesn’t taste quite sweet enough to be a barleywine, more of a strong Belgian, dubbel maybe? Anyway, very rich caramel and rye malts and solid hops balance out the sweetness. Opens up nicely as it warms.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Hair Of The Dog, Portland - 06/11/12.
Hazed dark amber with a thin white head that soon clears to the edges.
Nose is candied sugars, malt, toffee fudge and a touch of booze.
Tastes of caramel, fudge, toffee, candied sugars and a little booze.
Fullish bodied with soft carbonation.
Was expecting a little more from Fred!
mathieuc (276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 83, from a trade. Thanks Arthur! Golden with a mega head! Smell is candi sugar, mostly if not only. Taste is fairly sweet with a little bitterness and a lot of alcohol. Flavors of peaches and again candi with still a lot of alcohol. Oily texture with a nice creamy palate from the "just right" carbonation. Oh and it leaves crazy lacing now that its head turned into a kind of alcoholic meringue. Delicious "belgian"!