BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Dark cloudy reddish brown hue, minimal head formation. Sweet toffee caramel aroma, fruity. Not too heavy on the palate, sweet and malty, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel. Grapefruti citric hoppiness but not excesseively hopped. Overall I find it a little strange, the palate is pretty washy, the malts a little sweet and the hoppy citrus jumping in quickly but never having much force. Just seems to be lacking something, a neither nor barley wine, that by itself wouldn’t be too bad, but just lags a little behind many better examples. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Still looks about right for a barley wine, but not too impressive. Big sugary malt aroma. Huge, sharp bite and punch on first taste. Hops. Alcohol. Sugar. Nasty hangover potential. What more could you ask? Ummm, a lot. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Opaque dark body with a white bubbly head that immediately dissapears. Chocolate cake and red wine in the nose. To me, the flavor was muddled and confusing. There’s a big brandy-like sweetness up front along with some mouth-puckering bitter hops. Finishes with warm alcohol in the throat. Not a very good barleywine. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Mild aroma. Taste is pretty typical for a basic barleywine. Came off a little metallic though, and the finish just tastes like an IPA. I don’t think they’re getting the most out of their malts. kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 this is a re-rate, decided to try another.
I’ve had one barelywine, homebrewed and much better than this one. this stuff takes time to be good. decent taste., easy to drink, watch out it will buzz you quickly. not flying dog's best by far.
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Hazy, dark amber appearance with a small head. Appealing aroma of licorice and memories of caramel cream candies. Malty flavors imparted a smooth mouthfeel complimented by a subtle hop presence. Fruity, sweet finish with a noticable alcohol kick. Compares well to many other barley wines. Best of the Flying Dog litter that I’ve tried so far. IndianaRed (4545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown, with almost no head and little lacing. Aroma is sweat, carmel, plums, dates. Busy but nice and rich. Flavor is probly the same description. No surprises. The ABV hits you a bit but is masked well untill the finish where it comes through a bit more. Palate is thick and heavy. Rich and smooth. Ive had only a few BWs and this is pretty good. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottled: Deep purplish brown, big tan head. Cloudy. Aroma of chocolate, grape, and caramel, licorice, some hops. Flavors much the same. Quite good and delicious. DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Burgundy brown, rich tan head. This beer is opaque, and a touch hazy in its ethereal darkness. Nose of cooking caramel and hop reduction creating a nose sauce which sets my mouth to watering. Wow, this is highly drinkable. Balanced for a barley wine, it is big and bold yet subtly fruity and easy at the same time. Melon, apple and dark fruit notes about, all wrapped in a molasses, hops blanket of alcohol warmth. Great barley wine. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 Vintage 2003. Served at 55 degrees in brandy snifter. Pours deep brown in color with a slight orange tinge. Head almost non-existant. Pleasant aromas of dark fruit, plum, molasses and caramel dominate the nose over the 10.5% alcohol and hops. Somewhat like the smell of dark fruitcake soaked in dark rum. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for such high alcohol barleywine. Pleasing sweet flavor matches the aromas quite well, but the alcohol seems to prove a bit harsh early in the finish. Some hop bitterness makes a late appearance. A fairly decent Barleywine from just an so-so brewer.