5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Deep dark dirty caramel, thin frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Alcohol right up front, then rich breadiness, lots of caramel, and a bit of smokiness.   Seems rich and sweet.   Strong breadiness up front, loads of caramel, followed by a rich biscuity background, followed by some strong warming and a touch of smoke.   Smoke comes across as a touch of campfire with smoked meat.   Does have a slight Maple aspect to it.   Remains alcoholic from front to back.   Feels a bit rough, but at the same time, after 2 years it still could stand to mellow out.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering smoke, charred wood, campfire, smoked meat, biscuit, caramel malts, maple syrup, with a touch of salt and of course, bourbon.   The bourbon aspect really comes out at the finish.   Pretty damn tasty.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Sparky for sharing. This 750mL pours with a nice looking murky deep copper body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up a blended smooth mixture of dark fruity esters, other vague fruity notes and then running into malty sweet rich bourbon and booze. Nice. The taste is smooth and rich and subtly vibrant at the same time. It starts with bourbon booze mingling with sweet malt smothered prunes with some maple syrup tossed in for good measure. It gets even more rich and warming as the finish approaches. Great stuff.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy deep amber color with a khaki head. Aroma is rich bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and smoke. Taste is sweet with a little alcohol burn on the the tongue. Sticky texture and carbonation on the tongue. Nicely put together and balanced between smoke and sweetness of the base beer and bourbon treatment. Really good.
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 12/13/2013. Pours brown, ruby highlights with off-white head which fades rather quickly. Aroma is caramel, vanilla coconut, sweeter maple notes blending nicely with smoke, boozy bourbon, spicy licorice. Taste is rich vanilla, touch of maple rounding out smooth bourbon, creamy caramel notes, lots of oak, subtle smoke in the aftertaste. Thick, though closer to medium body, a nice sipper. Very complex, another great treat from AleSmith.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave and Harris on 11/15/2013.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy maroon.
Aroma: Aroma smoke and maple.
Taste: Faint bitterness, light smoke, light bourbon, caramel.
Palate:Medium body, lingering finish.
Summary: I really enjoyed this version. As always I’m a fan of smoked beers, this did not disappoint - it is slightly smoky, which explains why my smoke beer hating friends also enjoyed it.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Alesmith. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bold caramel, maple syrup, faint smoke, oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, booze and light smoke in the finish. BIg full bodied balanced beer. Great Barley Wine!
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Caramel, molasses, chocolate, sweet grain, bourbon, oak, and light smoke aroma and taste. Thick sticky full bodied palate.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jen for bringing this out .. . Pours a fathomed plum .. Strong foam .. . Mild smoke, lots of maple .. . Everything about this beer is awesome .. . . Who opens a bottle of beer while stretching their arms straight out 2 feet?
poisoneddwarf (2285) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1400. 750 ml foil-capped bottle, thanks to a trade with Alen. Barrel aged aromas hit me from two feet away after I pry off the cap--toasted coconut, vanilla, bourbon; also raisins, molasses. Maple comes out strong after it warms. Pours murky brown with a medium beige head that falls into a collar after a minute or two. Taste is sweet and oaky before becoming savory and boozy. The booze, although strong, is welcome here and not overbearing. Finishes with a licorice flavor. Body is thick and chewy, texture syrupy. I don’t get any smoke at all here, which I was really looking forward to, but this is still pretty freaking awesome.
Beerdrinker79 (2034) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours muddy brown with an off white head that reduce to a collar almost immediately. Aroma is strong oak and bourbon, vanilla and cherries, maple opens up as it warms. The taste is so smooth, velvety vanilla, maple, oak, bourbon. Body is surprisingly light for the style, which is medium, carbonation is soft. Very good beer, if not excellent, this is the type of barleywine that I love.