Prufrockstar (449) - 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 (5606) - 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 (12162) - , 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 (1998) - 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.
drowland (5688) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/29/13. 22oz bottle shared by nulledge at the epic BA barleywine tasting. Deep amber pour with a small khaki head. Light aroma compared to those around it. Mild brandy and barrel with a touch of dark sugars and fruits, nothing special. Richer flavor with more brandy sweetness, dark fruits, sugars, honey, and molasses. Better than the aroma led on. Not bad.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours murky orange with great khaki head. oak and honey aroma. taste is sweet and hoppy. some orange flavor and sweet honey. not much barrel however
Mora2000 (5139) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to BMan1113VR for sharing this bottle. Dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is honey, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee. The flavor is more of the same with some nice malt notes as well as some brandy and oak character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber from PUBíR Vice President and Cambodian friend of mine Nunya Fuckenbizness. Pours thick and turbid ruddy muddy Carolina brown, and I see more floaties and particles dripping out of the bottle than Iíd like. The head is sparse and short-lived, but laces fairly well. Nose is, <Channels former college football announcer Keith Jackson> Holy Shit, lemme tell ya íbout the nose, Bob Griese. This one is more complex than the Wing T formation. A complex medley of spirity oak, pruney, plummy, and vinous fruit, molasses, brown sugar, port wine, and cacao. Tastes rich, very oaky, with a huge honey flavor, big citrus, cacao, brandy, brown sugar, and hops. Finishes complex ad delicious. Folks, this is as good as it gets for a barleywine. It does everything it needs to, has no deductions, and ramps up the degree of difficulty with the honey and brown sugar additions and oak brandy aging. I can find no deductions here. What a treat, what a beer, and this beer should be used as the paradigm of what I mean when I refer to the "Beer/Wine/Spirit Triple Point"...and to blow your mind further, throw Mead in there and ponder the unponderable to the point of never being discussed "Quadruple Point of Beer", a concept so revolutionary that it is beyond most peopleís comprehesion. I canít even fathom a Venn Diagram to illustrate this concept yet, but I am working feverishly on it, punks! One of the harder to acquire beers I have yet quaffed, and one of the best yet.
daleharshman (827) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased 15 months ago at the Escondido BevMo ($10.99). Pours a dark muddy-red hue with only a thin layer of beige foam with soon turns to nothing. Aroma of nice dark toffee, some oaked brandy, musty vanilla, molasses, and a bit of the orange blossom honey. Flavor of thick chewy toffee and caramel, brown sugar, sticky dark fruit, molasses, and some brandy. Has a really thick mouthfeel but not overly sweet. The high ABV is quite well concealed. Not particularly nuanced, but a pretty good BA barley wine nonetheless. (52, 786)
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle
A post dessert treat filled my stomach with rich flavors. Even after a year or two in the cellar this beast of a beer had a massive kick. This isnít a beer to take lightly. Fantastic and world class it makes me want to jump on a plane to California ASAP.
Aroma / Appearance - Even after all that time there were traces of carbonation. The warm body basks in the light like a glass full of melted caramel. Lazy legs give away the ABV as if you could not pick it up from the bouquet. Creamy vanilla, red vines, chocolate cream pie, and elderly hops are dense and heavy.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel retains a trace of carbonation to help lighten up a thick chewy profile. Booziness seeps into the corners of the palate. The old hops have taken on a mix of caramel and vanilla aspects. The chewiness lingers in a thick heady finish. Well balanced, filling, and relaxing, this beer has all the ingredients of a barrel aged release done well.