detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a darkish amber color, topped by a thick and soft head of tan foam. Great head retention and lacing. Lots of malt and fruit in the aroma – plum (prune?) and fig.
The flavor is thick with toffee, caramel malt, dark honey, and orange pith. These flavors are very full, and last into the finish, where they are joined by strong black tea and buckwheat. Some hop bitterness kicks in with the aftertaste, and there is a definite alcohol presence. Full bodied, solid carbonation - fantastic beer for sipping.
Frahmo (103) - Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich golden color with 3 fingers of head. Good lacing and head retention. Great malt/hop smell of this one. Sweet almost carmel taste that finishes with some great hop tones. Well balanced all around with no noticable booziness. Great barleywine.
jbruner (1674) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange from the 2012 bottle with thin ring of bubbly head. Aroma is lots of caramel, slight booze, a hint of spiciness. Taste is caramel, definitely some rye spice, slight bitter hoppiness is still there. No booze in the taste, just a hint of burn on the way down; very good for a barley wine.
BrixandBrews (23) - West Richland, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big boy beer, with a lot of potential. I gave this beer a first look at an early age. Highly complex, a bit rough on the palate, with obvious craftsmanship in the details. Will surely revisit in 9-12 months.
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw/Mild Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Boozy, Mild Belgian Sugar, Mild Honey
T: Honey, Boozy, Mild Belgian Sugar
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mild Boozy
Overall, nice balance of booze and honey...sweet but over bearing.
Oregon_butcher (33) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well carbonated, leaves light lacing on glass. The color is orange/gold. Smells of malt, fruity yeast, slightly of alcohol. Taste is very smooth. Very balanced, you can taste the alcohol but the malt and subtle hops mellow it out and make it a very good beer. Definately easy to drink for the alcohol content. Mmmmm
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BoostIPA (958) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Belch. Another turd from HOTD. Pours decidedly flat. Zero carbonation. Lifeless. Looks like sewer water. Aromas of malt, malt and more malt. Taste is watery dumpster juice. Finishes on a malty note of ass crack juice. No.
superspak (1892) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 79 bottled 1/21/2010. Pours moderately cloudy bright orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, apple, pineapple, apricot, golden raisin, floral, grass, light pine, herbal, bread, rye, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, pear, apple, apricot, golden raisin, floral, grass, light pine, honey, rye, biscuit, caramel, toffee, herbal, and floral earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, apple, pear, apricot, golden raisin, floral, grass, honey, rye, biscuit, caramel, toffee, herbal, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of hop and light malt flavors; with a great moderately crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, lightly syrupy, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent blond barleywine! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Brentv (75) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark apricot from the bottle. Almost no head at all. Almost no carbonation. Smells fruity and sweet. Flavors rich and fruity, sweet, but with noticeable bitterness. Overall, it’s a better experience from the tap at the Hair of the Dog brewpub. Still, a very nice beer.
demmbonz (408) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz to snifter. Murky light orange appearance. My bottle poured with zero head, and only had a slight carbonation bite on the palate. Thought it strange after reading other ratings and would have liked a bit more. The taste is very complex. Lots of sweet malts, fruits, hop character. It changes by the second after you sip. Syrupy palate. Very complex and delicious.
czar (3235) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from mathieuc, thanks bro. pours hazy and bright golden with a frothy and creamy white head, excellent retention and strong lacing. toasted belgian fruity malts, but also pils, bread and complex caramel, fruitiness - pale that is, peaches, bit of herbs, celery, golden candi, very spicy, hint of tobacco, fruity coconut water, warming alcohol, some sweetness. moderate but constant carbonation - belgian-esque, medium body - oily and bubbly, bold chalky-grassy-peppery-spicy finish. loved it!