omhper (23483) - 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.
Dogbrick (11506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
We were lucky enough that a Thirsty Dog was available in the 3 hours between a wedding and reception. What vetter way to kill time than by drinking Barley Wine and playing Trivial Pursuit? On to the beer: Served in a 10oz sifter like their other high-ABV brews. Pours a dark amber color with a very thin beige head. Little to no lacing evident. Aroma is super-sweet malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and very syrupy-sweet yet drinkable. Malt and candy dominate, with some alcohol flavor to reign it in a little. Finish is long and sweet. This beer needs to be taken slow but I enjoyed it.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from growler courtesy of hopsrus: Pours an amber/copper color with little carbonation and head. Nose has sweet and sour malty charateristics. Body is thick, sweet and syrupy with a warming finish. This is a pretty decent English style barelywine.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color, no head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are nutty, very fruity and very sweet. Definitely need some more hop bitterness. The malt sweet is nearly overpowering. Despite the unbalanced nature of this beer, it’s still very tasty. The mix of malts is complex and interesting. Lots of potential with this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
jsquire (4148) - 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.
aracauna (3501) - 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.
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
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty thick and heavy with low carbonation (perhaps a bottling problem from the growler - no fault of the brewer). But fairly heavily leaning to the cloying sweet side, potentially underhopped, even accounting for style. Lacking complexity. Dark amber color, slight haze. Rich aroma contains fruit notes, flavor is fruity and candyish.
TAR (2676) - 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.
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.