Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Amber color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and berries. Flavor is sweet and fruity. A little syrupy and punch like. Alcohol is well hidden. Like all Thirsty Dog beers this is very drinkable. Thanks to Dogbrick for the growler. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2003
We were lucky enough that a Thirsty Dog was available in the 3 hours between a wedding and reception. What vetter way to kill time than by drinking Barley Wine and playing Trivial Pursuit? On to the beer: Served in a 10oz sifter like their other high-ABV brews. Pours a dark amber color with a very thin beige head. Little to no lacing evident. Aroma is super-sweet malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and very syrupy-sweet yet drinkable. Malt and candy dominate, with some alcohol flavor to reign it in a little. Finish is long and sweet. This beer needs to be taken slow but I enjoyed it. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2003
Bottled from growler courtesy of hopsrus: Pours an amber/copper color with little carbonation and head. Nose has sweet and sour malty charateristics. Body is thick, sweet and syrupy with a warming finish. This is a pretty decent English style barelywine. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
Bottle from Hopsrus: Red amber in color with an alcoholic sweetness; caramel, honey. Quite smooth. Alcohol evident in the nose. Good malt accent witha subdued hop profile--more of a British barleywine than an American example. I appreciate this diversity and I enjoyed this beer. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2003
Pretty thick and heavy with low carbonation (perhaps a bottling problem from the growler - no fault of the brewer). But fairly heavily leaning to the cloying sweet side, potentially underhopped, even accounting for style. Lacking complexity. Dark amber color, slight haze. Rich aroma contains fruit notes, flavor is fruity and candyish.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
Dark amber color, no head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are nutty, very fruity and very sweet. Definitely need some more hop bitterness. The malt sweet is nearly overpowering. Despite the unbalanced nature of this beer, it’s still very tasty. The mix of malts is complex and interesting. Lots of potential with this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2003
A good first effort. Fairly sweet even for a barleywine. Alcohol is well hidden. I think it could use more hops. I can't wait till next years batch.