omhper (18757) - 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.
kujo9 (1092) - 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.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hopsrus: Red amber in color with an alcoholic sweetness; caramel, honey. Quite smooth. Alcohol evident in the nose. Good malt accent witha subdued hop profile--more of a British barleywine than an American example. I appreciate this diversity and I enjoyed this beer.
Dogbrick (7113) - 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.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and berries. Flavor is sweet and fruity. A little syrupy and punch like. Alcohol is well hidden. Like all Thirsty Dog beers this is very drinkable. Thanks to Dogbrick for the growler.
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.
Drew (2413) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, 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.
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!