JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Beer Authority. Deep amber pour. Intensely sweet malty nose. A bit of resinous American hops and a touch of plummy crystal malt as well. A bit of soft fruit and a nice malt base. Chewy and sweet but it’s not cloying. Has a nice bit of bitterness rounding off the back. Chewy and fruity. It’s a very tasty barleywine.
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 2012 Vintage. On tap at Hops & Pie. Brown and hazy with a tan head. Smooth, caramel, malty and sweet with light bitterness and light alcohol. Update: On tap at Freshcraft. Dark orange to brown appearance. Fairly sweet and full bodied. A nice sipper.
rosenbergh (10206) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Local Option, Chicago, IL.
Murky dark brown colour with a small tan head.
Sweet malt, dark fruits, raisins and more sweetness in the aroma.
Very strong sweet malty flavour. Fruit cake. Too sweet for me.
Lukaduke (2986) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper brown with good clarity and a aggressive tight bubble eggshell foam that falls off quickly. Nose is sweet with lots of toffee, butterscotch and vanilla. Palate follows the nose with silky smooth rich sweet notes that fall into a boozy oak heavy finish. A little weird on the lingering finish with traces of medicinal artificial sweetener.
travita (4834) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. The look is clear, thin beige head, and burgundy in color. The smell is wood, alcohol, toasted, rich, toffee, malt, burnt sugar, and good. The taste is alcohol, wood, toffee, fruits,,and strong.
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Together with some very good people to to celebrate a very special day]. Light unclear medium orange amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, riped fruit, wood, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, vanilla, wood, alcohol, dried fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
Art (3094) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear brownish orange. No head. Malty boozy aroma. Sweet bourbon flavor. Kinda flat and thin.
edwardbass (783) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2016 Update: 2 1/2 years later, same friend pulls a bottle out from aging. Essentially the same taste profile, but the alcohol is completely gone from the taste, though it’s still warming. I need to pick up a few of these next time they’re out and store them away for a 3+ years. Yummy.
Got to try this thanks to a beer buddy at work. Aroma is dried fruit and sweet...something and alcohol. Taste is the same, and very sweet, but not cloyingly so. and really easy drinking, but treat it as a sipper. Supposedly it gets better when a bit warmer - 45 degrees or so. Definitely a treat.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with minimal thin khaki head. Aroma is sweet toffee, caramel, malts, oak, faint dark fruit and booze. Taste is sweet malts, caramel, toffee, oak, burnt sugar and alcohol. Medium bodied with a thin finish with decent carbonation. Decent brew.
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber shared by someone at a tasting. The pour is hazed brown copper orange with a smallish tan head. The aroma is the rich, sweet caramel malt, along with earth and vanilla oak barrel. Bit of alcohol peaks through as well. The taste is deep, thick sweet caramel malt along with the vanilla, fruit sweet and woody oak barrel character. Dried fruit and alcohol shows in the long finish. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and the booze and wood finish. Nice enough.