bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 22, 2009
Caramel sweet aroma with fruity taste and light chocolate and wood note. Bit bitter. Sweetness balanced with strong warm alcohol flavour. Red-brown body. Very light carbonated. mecafilo (219) - Perugia, ITALY - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a very dark red colour, small medium lasting off-white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with complex notes of caramel, fruit, nuts, and softly hoppy. Taste is heavy sweet, soft bitter. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Vintage 2001A Bottle. Purchased in 2001 and laid down till Nov 21, 2003.
Initial smell is malt, heat, distinct hop profile as well, where most barleywines are heavy on the malt side. The Horn Dog is darker than usual--an almost chocolate brown color with very little of the red/amber most barleywines sport. Head was a nice, fine creamy tan that showed good legs and Belgian lace.
The first taste is molasses, malt, heat, brown sugar, candy sugar, and a decided bitter hop bite that I don't much care for--I think they used a very high Alpha lupelin hop like Galena and it overpowers the beer a bit. The body of the beer is great--good mouthfeel and a luscious smooth roll down the gullet--like drinking a Wendy's Frosty.
I'd like to see a more subtle hop profile in the future--use East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Tettnanger. Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Mmmm...mm...m...Cut the leash, BABY! Hazy reddish brown, with loads of sediment. interesting flavors of toffee, dark fruit, heavy malts, and cherry candy. Thanks, Regal! lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is slightly tart and yeasty with a bit of vinegar and alcohol. Initial flavor is is mainly of prunes and figs with a bit of a roasty character. Finish is a bit too dry and bitter for my taste. Leaves my mouth feeling dry and a little numb. Maybe it will finish smoother if aged.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Ooh! I like! Dark amber color with a nice malty nose. Smooth smooth malt flavor that goes down nice. hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
sampled at kelly’s 2008 hell with the lid off. pours a clear red amber. smell dominated by caramel malts, and some cherry and wood and roasted notes. similar flavor, but with a lot more hops, and some black cherry creeping in at the end. decent. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
bottle. I really am enjoying this barley wine (as a write) it poured a rich brown-amber with a beautiful tan head. great aroma of the flavors it presented in its taste rum, brandy, caramel, raisin, plums, slight alcoholic tinge on the end of the tounge arises... very round and warm, a soothing, relaxing, warming beer. I enjoyed this as much as SN’s bigfoot. Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Tasting session @ Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival
Caramel, dates, figs, raisins, chocolate fudge. Very sweet barley wine, might need some ageing. Like that it’s a english style and not super hopped american barley wine. WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a syrupy, cloudy, and muddy orange with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, with a strong note of anise alongside hints of syrupy hops, vanilla, tobacco, and spices. Taste is medium-full, with a sweet almost candy-like hops flavor opening up into a more traditional finish of roasted malt, spices, and caramel. An amazingly drinkable barleywine, but lacking in the style’s usual depth.