Thirsty Dog Bout Time Barley Wine

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
The Thirsty Dog's First batch of Barley Wine. An Enlish Style Barleywine that is malt accentuated. Bout Time is hopped with Magnum, English Northdown and Fuggle to produce an Earthy Palate mixed with a malty sweetness. Named to commemorate changes in Ohio's beer laws to allow beer such as "Bout Time" and Siberian Nights, an annual beer to look forward to.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (24485) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2003
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus! Nut brown with light aroma of malt, hay and oranges. Very rich, sweet maltiness with a lovely soft texture.Complex malt character, still it's very sweet and with an obvious sugary flavour, so even as at is very tasty and complex already it should improve for many years. Interesting in that it is very English in style, and offers more subtilety than power.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12463) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jsquire (4332) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2004
On tap at Copely. Red orange color with no head. This beer was presented to me almost still with a nose of burnt sugar and alcohol. Syrupy malt sweetness of funky caramel and odd spoiled fruit flavors. Not good. I hope I got a bad batch and will re-rate if I get to another Thirsty Dog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (3552) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
This is a hazy orange amber body and no head. Its also a bit on the flat side. Theres a slight sourness in the flavor with a nice peach and pear fruitiness. Its too sweet though. Combined with the flatness, the sweetness makes for a very disapointing barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
clear dark amber color, the flavor hits you with brown sugar sweetness. For a beer, IMHO, it's far too sweet, I could see using this as an after dinner drink in small quantities

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2790) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Cask-conditioned; dry-hopped, wood-aged version at Dayton location: Particle-laden ruby with an orange shimmer. Candied malt aroma coupled with lots fo earthiness, tobacco, and minty alcohol. Very clean wood character. Soft mouthfeel. Extremely thick and fluffy. Cedary wood flavors liven the soft, lush malt flavors right away. Abundance of sweet, plump apricots at the center wrapped around caramel-coated wood and English hop undertones. Fig leaves and spruce linger alongside peppery hops and sweet malts. Sadly, the dry-hopped aroma was nearly non-existent. Extremely sweet barleywine...but passable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Dark golden amber, great lacing, no head (probably a result of the higher abv?). Thick and sweet malts, sticky, thin citrus at the sides of the tongue. End is long and syrupy sweet. Very nice, but could use some extra hops for better balance.

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