Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose-almost a wheaty medicine like smell. Hazy brown body with a small spotty film of bubbles. Taste-sweet, rich caramel, some milk chcolate and perfume. Not bad, but not great.
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
dark red pour with a light grey head. doughy wine nose. very hot, alcohol bite. wood flavor all over. strong raisin and some light chocolate, but the booze is killing me. the finish is alcohol and burn.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looked good, smelled good, didn’t really taste that good. I ended up having several barley wines and this didn’t make the cut.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
All malt barley wine. Flavors fell flat and overly sweet without the hops. This was aromatic at first but quickly cloying.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - SEP 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
cloudy orange w/ little head. very strong, sweet and fruity. very malty w/ note of bourbon.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep orange with a creamy off white head. Loved the aroma on this with a rich inviting nose of oak, fig, plum, caramel, bourbon, citrus and vanilla. Boozy bourbon flavors hits hard up front, but quickly get enveloped by the wood, vanilla, dark fruit, and vanilla aspects. Just a real nice flavor throughout (if bourbon is your thing). Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying, bittersweet finish. I’ll bet even more aging will do this wonders, but I just couldn’t wait anymore. Nice stuff which I hope they continue to bring around here and there...
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brad. pours amber red w/ light tan head. Nose of candy, yeast, alcohol. taste is doughy and sweet candy. A bitter alcohol finish, now arming, just dryness.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle: Pours an amberish dark brown color with a white head. Aromas are very dark sweet fruits, caramel, oak and strong presense of bourbon alcohol. Flavor was bitingly sweet, overly so in fact, with lots of sugary treats like caramel, toffee, vanilla. Finishes with a little less of an alcohol bite, but isnt all that warming.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown and dark orange color. Small offwhite head. Wood, alcohol, and raisins in the aroma. Dark fruit flavors, raisins and figs, with a sweet malty character that is prevaded by a tinge of oakiness. The wood and astringent aspects of the fruit are especially evident in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and big, with a tinge of alcohol heat.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz, capped bottle: pours a deep, garnet with purple hues and a light tan, creamy head. Oaky, alcohol phenols in the aroma, along with butterscotch, pecans, and caramel. Sweet, vegetal-like flavours initially; lightly bitter with darkly toasted caramel fritter clusters. More butterscotch mixed with loads of vanilla beans and honey butter. Alcohol is laced throughout the palate and flavours, but isn’t overpowering and is oddly soothing. This really was a tasty treat, thanks a bunch Hopdog!