Fritz123 (1145) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep murky brown with no real head. Flight at Aces and Ales in Vegas. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and some booze. Taste was caramel, heavy malts, toffee, vanilla, and finishes boozy. No real brandy barrel present. Muted flavors. Medium to full body.
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from notes. Brown color. A little oxidation, medium sweet and a hint of hops. I didn’t taste brandy but it is a little hot on the palate.
djd07 (3976) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with beige head. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roast and caramel, light booze. Good
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Murky brown amber pour with a small head. Oak, caramel sweetness. Some prune. Smooth palate. Nice!
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (i guess) at rrbf. This was actually really tasty. Rich brandy notes mix well with the traditional big brown sugar bw notes which have faded a bit from the age on this beer. Really nice, sweet but not cloying flavor that was a welcome dose of sweetness ( dare i say) in a festival littered with sour beers.
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark murky brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, brandy, fig, honey, and vanilla. Well-balanced and complicated flavor with brown sugar, orange, honey, fig, raisin, and some vanilla. Very nice beer.
Prufrockstar (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by 5000 -- thanks! Pours a murky dark brown with offwhite head. Aroma of old beer, brandy, raisins, dark fruit, (prune, fig) brown sugar. Vanilla. Taste: thick and sweet, dark fruit and honey; light bitter finish. Palate: Slick, oily, full body.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Dark and muddy caramel, thin sudsy sandy head, little lacing.   Faint brandy, otherwise prune and dark pitted fruit.   Brown sugar and dark pitted fruit on the tongue.   Mainly sweet prune on the tongue.   Feels like its aged more than 2 years.   Warming on the tongue.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   A bit stale and over the hill me thinks.   Decent, but with the prune it makes me think I should have had this sooner.   Good, but not as bright as I thought it would be.   Seems well over the peak by now... was hoping for something really exceptional.   Just seems old... like a 10 year old Old Crusty.   Damnit!
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11th January 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, decent pale tan head. Softish palate, light, very mild carbonation. Smooth mellow dark malts with a little dark chocolate. Rich honey underneath. Very pleasant mellow brandy with a light barrel wood. Finishes semi dry. Hangs together really well, the juxtaposition of honey and brandy works very well. Touch of aniseed.
SDalkoholic (2185) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BevMo: Upon pour, an instant scent of some sort of fruit perhaps fig, prune or raisin while a whiff of sourness came through like that of a Flemish blended sour ale. There is a bold scent of barrel aging, though, it was hard for me to distinguish that it was from brandy. Aroma also has notes of cognac or scotch. As for the appearance, a dark nearly opaque brown hue that could qualify as mahogany and created a perfect layer of foam head. The flavor is a combination of sweet syrupy malts and a touch of salt that round things out quite nicely while a soft undertone of brandy wood barrel and wine compliment the barleywine itself. Truly, the barrel aging did this beer justice.