maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Clear caramel body with a small off-white head. Big caramel and hop aroma. Sweet sugar, caramel, rum soaked fruit and molasses flavor with a smooth bitter finish. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Cherrywood in color, somewhat a deep dark amber with a red hue, large sandy colored head, with nice lacing.   The nose vaguely reminds me of the old Leviathan Barley Wine.   Oh how I love that one.   Sweet malty nose, slight citrus, a little bit of barrel aging, all blending well enough to make me excited enough to taste it.   Oh man, quite the malty citrus laden Barley Wine that I enjoy.   Good mouthfeel, a little viscous, certainly from the malts, with a fairly hefty body.   Not as complex as a barrel aged Leviathan, but this one seriously reminds me of a lighter version of the that.   This is my kind of Barley Wine.   Malty, sweet, definitely citrusy, but also with a Oak like presense that lends itself well.   It is very woody, a little edgy and raw.   This one brings me back.   I wish I had more of this one to sit down for a bit.   Not all that hot, but thought that I would like to see how it is in a year.   Big thanks for Brian for sending me this lovely brew.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @Pauls Gathering-pours an off white ring for a head and hazy copper color. The bottle foamed over for 30 minutes. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, medium fruit, some herbal hops. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee/molasses, medium fruit, some herbal hops.
Pastor (776) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to corey0212 for sending this one along to me
22 oz Bottle poured into a DFH snifter produced a thin white head that faded to a space lace. The body of the brew was a clear amber/copper in color.
I was sitting on this bottle for a while, so I get a nicely oxidized nose. Light hops and a sweet toffee note are also in the aroma. Surprisingly seeing that I know this is an aged bottle I get a lot of hops bitter in the flavor. Not to much in the way of alcohol flavor for its 9%. This is defiantly a bit thin in the mouthfeel department it needs to be a little thicker.
Not a bad barleywine but this thing needs some more age for sure. I finished the bomber while watching the game. I guess that means the drinkability is OK.
mcox90 (1273) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany color with a small off white head. Aroma is malt, molasses and brown sugar. Nice thick, chewy palate with enough alcohol to warm your gut. Flavor is sweet brown sugar, bitter molasses and alcohol soaked fruit. Very nice.
j12601 (5652) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Smoke from the Oak release. Pours a hazy amber brown with a thick white to tan head. Molasses and a little bit of hops on the nose. Medium thick bodied with a nice malty sweetness. Finishes with a little bit of an alcohol note.
tomthompson89 (1795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
kinda orangish color, some head not much, nose is sweet like molassis, wine cherries, and maybe some oak??? flavor is sweet with a nice citrus burst of hops at the finish.
Sammy (7041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste first of orange, and with some sour apple and some oaked characteristics, a bunch of caramel, some raisin and sugar. A small off-white head on mahogoney brown body, a medium mouthfeel, an OK balanced barleywine, leaning on the sweet side.Fizzy carbonation.
thornecb (3647) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy mahogany into a snifter. Sickly head. Oak and alcohol-soaked towels. Sharp and sour turning to a cloying alcohol burn. Not pleasant.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours cloudy orange/brown with a small almost non-existent white head. The aroma of alcohol dominates the malts and fruits. First sip is spicy apple with a strong alcohol bite. Apples and pears notes are present followed by a grapefruit like bitterness.