MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red-brown, frothy white head with considerable lacing. Sweet nose of apple, plum, cookie dough and spice, very light heat. Incredibly light and fruity, but huge malt presence within the huge body. Lots of malt up front, light wood and apple, way more heat, then a light honey-pear through finish. Stunning complexity, and then even more: bubble gum, fruit lightness despite huge body. Thick body, sticky, but still ultra-drinkable. Drank next to 6-8 other barrel-aged barley wines, smashed them all. There is a nagging that itís all bourbon, but as is itís fantatic.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Fiery amber, copper hued, thin sudsy off-white head, sparse lacing.   Seems aged.   Huge bourbony aroma, otherwise caramel malt character.   Slight vanilla and graham cracker.   Similar tongue, a little heat but not hot.   Caramel, vanilla, graham cracker, bourbon... certainly tasty but seems a little one dimensional.   Very smooth, warming but not hot.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Smooth caramel malt finish, bourbon and vanilla.   Pretty simple, but well balanced and very tasty.   Thanks Trevor for sharing this rare gem!
dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wooden Hell pours an attractive chestnut-amber body with a nice depth to the hazy hue. The manila head vanishes quickly, leaving a thin wisp of foam on top. Rich nutty caramel and toffee sweetness greets the nose, followed by earthy hops and dried fruit notes of fig and prune. A flash of boozy bourbon, but more subtle than most. No real signs of oxidation--I think itís safe to say this beer is holding up well.
The flavor is something to fawn over. Gooey caramel candies coat the palate; beneath that are layers of butterscotch and dusty chocolate crumbles. Booze tastes sharp and still quite green despite Wooden Hellís age. Whisky wood and vanilla linger on the finish, but the heat is nicely restrained. Carbonation is tight, making for a creamy mouthfeel that keeps the thick body in check. Both spritzy and vinous on the finish with a flash of alcohol. No overpowering heat, cloying sweetness, or laboriously thick body. Everything is in perfect balance in this beer. Amazing stuff, worth the hype. Thanks again Chuck (thickfreakness)!
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
For starters, my notes contain the wrod "lovely", and I never use the word lovely. So, yíknow, it already has that in itís corner. Anyway, it actually looks more like a whiskey than a beer - clear, golden brown, no head. Itís basically a mix bourbon, cherry, smoke, vanilla - each sip seemed to revel a new aroma or flavor. Really nice stuff.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at RBSG grand tasting - oaky and woody earthen. Caramel and sweet toffee, roasted molasses and prunes. delicious... bourbon and vanilla finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of brewengineer on 04/17/2010 at the 11th Richmond RateBeer Gathering. Clear ruby amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet vanilla, oak, caramel, light yeast and molasses aroma. Sweet caramel, vanilla, light oak and yeast flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally! Thank you again Charles!
Two weekends of tastings that destroyed my wants list.
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Pours a cloudy caramel with thin tan head, decent lacing. Smell is what I imagined; toffee, malt, caramel, slight alcohol presence, and brown sugar. Taste is more of the nose, with a beautiful balance. The heat is still present at 2 years, but welcomed in a BA barleywine, almost expected. This is my favorite to date, I just wish I could have had a perfect storm next to it.
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anders37 (16691) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rating #5400. Pours a brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a smooth malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with some woody hints. Sweetish malty woody vanilla flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish smooth woody vanilla finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
FINALLY. One of my personal whales for as long as Ive been on this site.
Pours deep mahogany with twinges of red on the edges. Only a tiny bit of offwhite head shows its face. Aroma is Huge sweet caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, large amounts of woodiness, some slight booziness, vanilla, a touch of maple and a flutter of apricot fruit. Flavor doesnt dissapoint either, a small mouthfull reveals a deeply complex weave of caramel, toffee, lots of oak, bourbon, light fruitiness, cracker, a flutter of breadiness. Rich and Decadent. Interesting and unique barleywine with intensity of flavor and brightness after quite a while in the bottle. Cheers
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Sleestack at the RBSG Grand Tasting 2010. Pours clear brown/amber, no head, no lacing. Nose is amaretto, sweet walnuts, man Iíve never had anyting smell quite like this! OR hell, Iíve never really had much that smelled ANYTHING like this! Flavours are bitter walnuts, honey, oak, bourbon, flecks of cinnamon and ginger towards the finish. Rich & Awesome!