aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a hazy orange amber body and no head. It’s also a bit on the flat side. There’s a slight sourness in the flavor with a nice peach and pear fruitiness. It’s too sweet though. Combined with the flatness, the sweetness makes for a very disapointing barley wine.
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at Copely. Red orange color with no head. This beer was presented to me almost still with a nose of burnt sugar and alcohol. Syrupy malt sweetness of funky caramel and odd spoiled fruit flavors. Not good. I hope I got a bad batch and will re-rate if I get to another Thirsty Dog.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-conditioned; dry-hopped, wood-aged version at Dayton location: Particle-laden ruby with an orange shimmer. Candied malt aroma coupled with lots fo earthiness, tobacco, and minty alcohol. Very clean wood character. Soft mouthfeel. Extremely thick and fluffy. Cedary wood flavors liven the soft, lush malt flavors right away. Abundance of sweet, plump apricots at the center wrapped around caramel-coated wood and English hop undertones. Fig leaves and spruce linger alongside peppery hops and sweet malts. Sadly, the dry-hopped aroma was nearly non-existent. Extremely sweet barleywine...but passable.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy caramel and butterscotch aroma. Definite notes of pine and oak as well as tart orange peel in the body. Lasting soapy head. Bitter and vaguely sticky finish. Not enough hops to balance sweetness.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this one. Not to be drank in any kind of quantity. Small amounts are very enjoyable. Nose is reminscent of bit o honey candy that I used to love as a kid. Sweet flavor that is a cross between milk caramels and clover honey. Thanks hopsrus for the sample!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear dark amber color, the flavor hits you with brown sugar sweetness. For a beer, IMHO, it's far too sweet, I could see using this as an after dinner drink in small quantities
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber ruby w/a light beige creamy lasting head. Malty and candy caramel aroma; very estery and alcohol is present in the aroma which adds to the fruitiness, not hot solventy aromas. Very slighty hop aroma hidden behind the malt. Malty and caramel flavors; very well balanced to malt. Heavily fruity esters in flavor as in aroma, some plum; aftertaste is sweet malty but not cloying, no hop flavor at all, and has a lightly roasty aftertaste. Very full bodied w/ a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Warming alcohol and low carbonation, perfect for BW style ale. I much prefer English BW to American (just my preference), and this is a very well made version by the T. Dog. Nice, big, malty, well balanced, no hop flavor. Perfect for a night in front of the fire place on a cold Cleveland night.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden amber, great lacing, no head (probably a result of the higher abv?). Thick and sweet malts, sticky, thin citrus at the sides of the tongue. End is long and syrupy sweet. Very nice, but could use some extra hops for better balance.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber, typical looking barley wine. Body is thick and the flavor and aroma are full of sweet caramel, alcohol and spice. A slow drink, it is very sweet.
omhper (23314) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus! Nut brown with light aroma of malt, hay and oranges. Very rich, sweet maltiness with a lovely soft texture.Complex malt character, still it's very sweet and with an obvious sugary flavour, so even as at is very tasty and complex already it should improve for many years. Interesting in that it is very English in style, and offers more subtilety than power.