Strykzone (7807) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2017 nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really don’t have words to describe what is here. Thanks to Allen for all his work and his generosity sharing this beautiful brew.
A couple of years ago the RateBeer Summer Gathering was in Portland. Several guys, including hannont went in on a bottle of this. I could not justify chipping in on a beer that is less than 12 ounces and costs $1500. However, Todd (hannont) did. He then gave me and my friend hayduke a sip of it. Awesome!!! I have held Todd in so much esteem since. The beer was very good and somewhat memorable. Todd, however, was so much better that it was. I saw Todd last weekend and remeberred I had forgotten to rate this. Good beer. GREAT guy. JorisPPattyn (10122) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2017
Aged sample No head, reddish/orange tinted beer, faint haze. Soy sauce, ketjap manis, chocolate and whisky notes. Wood, oxydation, ketjap soy sauce, alcohol, fusels, and immensely complex. Very thick body, ultra-slick, even a tad buttery. Surprisingly complex still for a 23yr old beer. Strange, the nose doesn’t do it any right for what is following. Hip Hip Hoera for Mathieu, and many thanks for this superb celebration special! nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Review #4400. Were you wondering what I’d review for this epic milestone? Well I’m not going to disappoint you crazy tickers. It’s the Welshest of Wales, the crowning achievement of many a ticking career including mine, the one and only Hair of the Dog Dave. Does it live up to the hype? First of all, hell yes. Second of all, am I the one you really want to ask? Bottle, thanks to Alan. Shared with lots of other Bay Area tickers - I mean beer enthusiasts. Very dark brown color with minimal head. Aroma is smoky with roast, molasses, soy sauce, molasses, tobacco, and dark chocolate dark fruit, whiskey, port. Flavor is medium sweet, some spice, molasses, bitter coffee ground and cigar room finish. Palate is smooth, slick, with a carbonation level that would make Tomme Arthur blush (e.g., almost none). Not too hot for 29%, which is crazy. Full body, but not overly so. Very good beer, and the tick value is obviously astronomical. Life goal achieved. One of the best and most unique beer experiences I’ve had as well. rouhlas (3986) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
375 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar, thanks to kermis! Hazy dark brown almost black color with no head. Malty aroma, lots of alcohol, caramel, nutty, hazelnut, light dark dried fruits, soy sauce. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily sticky body with flat carbonation. 77ships (11482) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme & manifold thanks to kermis & fux for offering!!! Very few beers are more legendary & myth-like if any than this one. Black with no head. There is oxidation in the nose, very warming, very boozy, plenty of alcohol with thick sugar, molasses, dark fruit & soy sauce. Oxidation is low in taste body, likely due to ABV, seems to have kept quite well, what kept is very thick syrup, molasses & above all huge amounts of soy sauce of which I am not the biggest fan, very umami viscous, very monolithic taste, finish carries clear sharp plastic bitter, low burning plastic which further takes it down in my eyes. Viscous, molasses, marmite syrup body, not getting carbonation. It is decent, soy sauce & plastic bitterness are just not the most enticing flavours. Back when this came out there simply being a beer of this ABV must have blown people’s minds & there was nothing to compare it with. The legend is huge & massive will without a doubt remain.
kraddel (9338) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours dark brown to black, no head. Smell is intense ! soy sauce, for sure. Taste is boozy, sweet, soy sauce. Very boozy aftertaste. Nice beer, on it’s own, but given the extreme fuzz it gets ( its like THE whale of whale’s ) i’d agree on it being a big dissapointement. We had far better ones in the tasting, but i’m extremely thankfull to Kermis to have made it possible for me to try this ( and so many other beers during the tasting he set up for it ) . kermis (14999) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Dark brown with no head. Aroma of big booze, raisins, tobacco, soy, woody notes, caramel, overripe dark fruit, big alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and above moderate bitter. Full bodied with a thick texture, alcohol burn and very soft carbonation. Interesting but not worth the price tag. djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
8000th rating. Bottle split 9 ways with the RBSG crew at HOTD. Pours brown with no head. The aroma is strong booze, fig, raisin, wood, soy sauce. Thick mouth, boozy, raisin, caramel, gets better as it warms, very little oxidation, held up well, very nice. fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2017 Leighton (22823) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle 375ml. clear glass @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.
[ As Hair of the Dog Dave ].
[ Vintage 1994 ]. Clear dark brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, moderate roasted, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long long duration, bread, roasted - chocolate, sweet malt, alcohol - boozy. A great experience to try this one. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Fairly drinkable, the malt sweetness is good balanced by the alcohol booze. 
Bottle 375ml. clear glass shared at [ A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. ], Brussels, Belgium.
[ As Hair of the Dog Dave ].
Clear dark dark brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark malt, bread, tobacco, raisin, plum, prune, soy sauce, moderate roasted - chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, wood, bread, roasted, chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholi - buzzy. 
[ Wow my second go on this beer one in january and now again in september what a luck ... think the bottle i tasted in january was in a bit better condition than this .. but still a amazing beer to taste and quit rare :o) .. Big thanks for sharing !! ]
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting - London. A big cheers to Ken, one of RateBeer’s most generous members, who fittingly shared this beer with the group. Pours unclear, deep brown with no head. The nose is lightly roasty, with definite notes of alcohol, dried dark fruits and scorched earth. Big sweet flavour, a little ashy, with more old and dried out dark fruits, some berries, faint cocoa, rich alcohol. Full bodied and fairly chewy, with soft carbonation. Hot on the finish with further earthy bitterness, leathery fruits, touches of toffee. Good stuff overall. It may have once been worthy of being one of RB’s highest-rated beers, but at this point it’s just a pretty good barley wine. That said, it has held up reasonably well over the years. Thanks again to Ken for the opportunity to try this one!