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Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 6 16 3 7 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle I got from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown that has some really beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Got a good finger of creamy white head that had some decent retention as it slowly fell to a thin, then thinner, ring. Left some nice sheeting in the lacing throughout. Looks good. Please don't suck.

S: Not . . . very . . . good. Sweet malt and maybe some fruit. Can't really tell because of the overbearing smell of rubbing alcohol. I can smell it from five feet away. Smells not that great. Turning me off. I will push on.

T: Nice roasted malt first and foremost. There is a touch of licorice. Not as much as the label implies. Then some dark fruit. Dark wine grapes, black cherries, maybe some prune. Alcohol is luckily not that heavy. Piney hops are here too. Kinda nice, but could be better. Only a 4 for you HORN DOG!

M: Medium bodied brew. A bit thinner than I want. Doesn't really coat as nicely as I would like from a barleywine. Finishes pretty clean with little aftertaste. Alcohol is nil when cold, but comes out when warm. Warms the throat and stomach. That saves it a bit.

D: This could be better but it is better than all of the Flying Dog brews I have tried, not saying much though. Doesn't have to overwhelming metallic ass taste Flying Dog brews usually have and kill any chance of liking the brew. Metallic taste is there but extremely subdued. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't pay for another. There are better Barleywines out there.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-17-2008 06:19:28

Served In: Snifter