Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2003
2003 offering. DAMN this is good.
Pours a deep red-ish brown with a *very* nice head that lasts forever and leaves not a lace, but a *blanket* down the glass. I poured this and got called away for five minutes and it still had a great head. Yeah, it's that dense.
Smells amazing - cloves and hops.
Tastes as good, if not far better than any Barley Wine out there. It's sweet, but not like an Amber, this is far better balanced. Plenty of hops here, for sure. Wow. This is complex. Serious fruit esters abound.
Mouthfeel is thick and full, yet still quite clensing. Overall, I'm really trying to find something to "ding" this as I've never given a perfect score. So help me, I can't find a flaw with this beer. Outstanding in every way. GET THIS BEER!!! As soon as I can get my hands one some cash, I'm going back for more of this. The bottle states that this beer was made to age, I can't wait to see what this is like in a few years.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 2004 Just when i thought this brew couldn’t get any better the 2004 vintage is released. Not only is this brew absolutely amazing now, this thing could be aged for an even better taste, if thats even imaginable. Incredible hop aroma just attacks you as you open the bottle, must be all those dryhopped simcoes or something, there is also some nice spices and a faint fruitiness. The added hops to this years batch just really added to the taste and I will have to pick up more of these brews to cellar for a while.
2003 This brew is truely amazing. A dark red/brown color with a nice tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is very well balanced with some sweet caramel malt and a nice light hop backing to it. Flavor has tons of roasty malts, caramel and almost a faint smokiness in the after taste. By far my favorite NW xmas brew. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
One of the best beers I’ve had of this type. Strong, sweet, hoppy aroma, and hoppy taste. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Thanks Jimbo O. Pours a hazed roasted apricot color w/ a tall lasting froth. Good lacing w/ aromas of sweet, tart stonefruit nectar. Full nectar w/ a very creamy texture. Nice! Sweet and meaty w/ a defined mild tartness. Flavors from nectarines, plumbs, and apricot, including kiwi, pinapple, and caramel. The finish is long and savory. This brew has a moderate hop profile that does a good job in balancing this one out. It has an appealing milky texture that simply blows my mind. Good stuff man. Trump! This is the closest thing to Angels Share I have ever tasted. BeerDisciples (13) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Beautiful Pour caramel apple color, Toffee nose hits you before you get to the glass, Incredible balance considering the ABV, Great Mouthfeel, Insanely drinkable but the ABV hit me afterward. This is one of the best beers I have had. I continue to be impressed by Hair of the Dog. Cheers
UprightFTW (10) - Portland, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
1 finger caramel/ivory head with plenty of lacing on the glass, viscous caramel color that seems to absorb light. Aroma of candy, brown sugar, and a slight hoppiness. Tastes strongly of brown sugar and caramel with a nice hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Thick, creamy mouth feel with just enough carbonation to keep it dancing lightly on the tongue.
A fantastic beer that just goes to show what an obsession with quality and one’s craft can lead to. This beer may have a better, but I haven’t tasted it yet. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2005 vintage. This beer has a huge aroma of pine and hops that drifts out of the class and can be detected from over a foot a way. It fills the glass with a heavy sediment filled caramel colored solution that comes to rest under a thick cashew colored head. The head is not afraid to stick around or deposit a healthy amount of lacing on the perimeter of the glass. This beer fills the mouth with a thick, rich and sweet solution. The taste is of Hops! A hint of caramel drifts in briefly at the finish but it soon succumbs to the hops that linger on and on in the aftertaste. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2006
12 oz bottle-trade w/after4ever-Pours a cloudy, murky orange color w/no head. Looks kind of rough. Wonderful floral fruity aroma. Very smooth, sweet, citrus, honey, spicy flavor. Long finish w/just a touch of bitterness. Very good balance, don’t really taste the alcohol at all, but it’s there! Really good stuff!! Thanks for this one!! kevinsenn (2215) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at Hair of the Dog (2012 batch). Hazy red, white lacing. Beautiful cand-sweet aroma of fruity hops and dark fruit. Strawberry, citrus fruits, and a gorgeous malt profile in the taste... wow. Silky smooth body. This one blew me away. Best barley wine I’ve tasted so far, and my favourite from Hair of the Dog. Brentv (672) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Wow, what a drink! So smooth! This is one to sip slowly with a friend and share for an hour. On tap at the Hair of the Dog brewpub. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Light head without much lacing. Flavor is fruity and moderately sweet. Big alcohol punch but it’s not in the flavor at all. Awesome beer. A real masterpiece. Very very smooth.