beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2003 OBF. Light brown color. A medium bodied barleywine ale. Malty with a fairly strong alcohol overtone. Citrus and orange flavor. Complex undertones. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty. Interesting beer. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2004
No head. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (burnt caramel), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of sherry and apple. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, flat carbonation. Eeee, I like fresh Doggie Claws, but this one seemed to have lost a lot of its character and gained weirdness (apple smell from the cask and some oxidation) that isn’t fitting. Didn’t enjoy this. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2004
RBSG04: Dark and heavy on the tongue. Clean sweetness. Big notes of toffee, caramel, and a big blast of black licorice. Left a lingering sweetness on the lips. Hop bitterness blended wonderfully. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2004
RBSG 2004 on cask at the brewery: Clear dark orange with no head. Wood notes, rich malts and brown sugar in the aroma, starts and ends sweet, full bodied with a thick mouthfeel. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Sampled @ brewery, RBSG 2004. Strong maple nose, a little creamy note from the cask, some sweet bubble-gum, candy sugar notes as well, with some honey and butterscotch. Really exceptional, very fresh hops, strong for a cask ale, not very smooth at all, but very enjoyable.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
RBSG 04, thanks again to Alan Sprints for his generosity
Pours deep reddish brown with virtually no head. The cask aging has made this barleywine smooth and drinkable. Very tasty. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Pours a deep amber with very little head. Aromas of oak, anise licorice, mango, and herbal something that I can’t put my finger on. While this is a young barleywine the oak has given it a depth that it would not normally have. Somewhat sweet and sour with some hoppiness right up front, rather sour in the middle, and finishing with a smooth bitterness followed by an alcohol burn. I can’t wait to get to try this in five years. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
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2003 Vintage: The hops blend with the oak extremely well, light oak in the nose & the flavor is more focused on the hops and the sweet lingering brown sugar flavor that is typical of Doggie Claws.
Quite an amazing brew, tons of thanks to Alan Sprints for this one at the RBSG04. Poured right from the barrel with a deep red color and a soapy bubbled off-white head. Very sweet aroma, malty, woody, hoppy, and some spice to it. Taste starts strong and alcoholic with the wood taste elevating this already amazing brew. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Dark ruby with a small light tna head. The aroma is wood, caramel, and some toffee. The flavor is quite hoppy, though the wood is still there. The sweetness in the aroma is cut some by the hops. Full palate with some alcohol burn.