desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Pours a nearly opaque violet/brown with a small, sparse tan head. I hate to rip off the commercial description, but the aroma is full of licorice and chocolate, with little alcohol present for a 10.5% beast. Flavor is super malty, with similar tones as the aroma, but the malt bill really comes through. This is loaded, very sweet and rich, coating my entire mouth with caramely goodness. Finishes dry and sticky. The alcohol is never very much present. Good stuff! BeerandBlues2 (13825) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dark brown with a very thin tan head. Caramel and malty aromas with a licorice and hop nose. Buttery malt and caramel flavors with a dry licorice end. Warm and dry palate. hershiser2 (3669) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
dark.... small creamy head. Smells of licorice. Tastes like something... can’t place it. Thick and sweet and coating. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2004
The paleolithic pooch who takes montstrous strides on the label, courtesy of gonzo cartoonist Ralph Steadman, gives a clue to the potential damage wrought by this gargantuan brew!
Color is a deep, dark burgundy, with no head to speak of, though one appears as I pour, it doesn’t last for a second. Aroma is exactly what I look for in a barleywine, and then some! Profoundly heady and powerful, full of grape/wine associations, as well as plums, raisins, licorice, cognac, and port. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and intensely warm and rewarding. Sweet and spicy hoppiness abounds on the palate, along with a full dimension of maltiness. Wonderful chew in the texture, and hugely alcoholic! Drinkability? One a day, and slowly, savoringly, so I pull back a bit on points. Towards the end, it gets a bit syrupy, tasting almost like cough medicine. Is this Jagermeister in my mug, I wonder?
Among the top 5 American barleywines, but, frankly, we’re a bit spoiled, they are so many top-notch versions. And the best acheivement from this brewery, so far!
JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Brownish-red. Nice malty sweet nose with hints of alcohol. Much better than i expected, this barleywine is sweet and malty with chocolate and alcohol being the dominant tastes. Big bodied and warming, with a nise touch of bitterness at the finish, along with the firey dryness.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 17, 2004
Dark, burnt cranberry brown color. Creamy, cardboard colored head that leaves quickly. Smells very sweet and alcoholic, banana and bubble gum esters, plums, raisins and brown sugars. Smooth, medium thick mouth feel. Excellent. Taste begins sweet, with berries, apples and pit fruit, then alcohol hits and hops follow strongly, boldly and coffee like. Ending is a little astringent. Still, a nice fruity barleywine with a smooth quality to it Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
A smooth, drinkable barley wine, Horn Dog pours out dark with a minimal head that dissipates immediately. Deep roasted malt flavor with a hint of the chocolate and licorice mentioned in the commercial description. Good malty aroma. No hop bite. Very tasty. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Pours turbid burny sienna, with a small, off-white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and a twinge of "excited poontang". Tastes malty, sweet, with layers of dark fruit at the finish. Medium, firm palate. Not as complex as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but very good in its own right. There is a HUGE layer of yeast on the bottom of this. sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2004
99 vintage, Before it got the Horndog title i guess ? Small, brown, large bubbled head that fades into a thin ring and a light film on top of this clear chestnut colored brew. Malty, fruity nose with hints of black licorice and some very subdued citrus notes as well. Med/full body, creamy texture. Big malt flavor, dark fruits, raisins, hints of chocolate, caramel, a bit musty and a dab of alcohol thrown in also. Medium sweet, fruity finish. Has seemed to hold up fairly well. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Murkey dark caramel color. Complex aroma. Very full flavored beer. Some slight warming. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Pretty good.