blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with a thin beige head. Bourbon sweetness, hints of oaky woody notes, toffee and crystal malts, some spicy and grassy hops, and faint citric notes. A little boozy, and Iím not a huge fan of the malt profile, although itís pretty standard for barleywines. Either way, this is strong and aggressive, while still maintaining some semblance of balance. Pretty good.
JohnGalt1 (204) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a short lived off white head even with a fairly aggressive pour... the brew is clear dark orange... only random dots of lacing... I keep looking for legs in the glass.
The nose is nostril coating malty with thick vanilla and maple essence... the bourbon is more than present and the malty sweetness is only balanced by a decent piney hoppiness.
Flavor mirrors the aroma and shows brown sugar and something that I associate with candied pecans... bitterness is thankfully still fairly present after all this time so is a piney/grapefruit zest hoppiness... could use more hops though.
Medium/big bodied with a light carbonation that only accentuates the thickness on the palate... pretty damn hot even after at least 10 months in the bottle.
A bit of a mess at this point, but a bit more refined than when it was first released... I have a couple more but would like to get some to put away for the long haul... I think this one is going to be muddy for quite a while and then emerge a better beer.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bristly hops honey pepper anise fennel little sweet honey very lightly tacky.light heat. Deep golden color without much tan head
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Red Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, alcohol, moderate hoppy, dusty. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
CBC 2013. Pours clear beautiful orange with a small off white head. Aroma is raisins sweet almonds marzipan boozy. Flavor is bitter almonds sweet asrtingent a bit harsh to say.
BVery (5153) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Rich gold pour. Toffee and caramel sweetness. Some hop character. Rich, alcoholic, and awesome.
Christian (10363) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CBC 2013. Amber witha small white head. Rich maltyaroma with toffee and dried fruit, and a vineous touch of alcohol. Sweet toffeemalty flavour with vineous alcohol and a quite bitter finish
EvanFriend (197) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy notes of dried fruit, malty sweetness is very well balanced by pine resin hop flavor. At 15% alcohol, itís not boozy at all, the alcohol is very well hidden. Not sure it was worth $30 for the bottle, but this is a very good beer.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Wood, vanilla bourbon, maple sugar and suave caramel come together ever-so-elegantly onto this Barrel-Aged Barley Wineís rising hop resins.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the translucent amber.
-Alcohol is well concealed (for a 15%, that is).
-This is sweet, as most brews in the sipping category tend to be, but its flavor profile is tight and very engaging.
-I have no idea how this one fares in the bottle, but I can tell you this kegged version at Novare Res was brilliant from appearance to aroma to finish.
On tap at Novare Res.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of GatorGuy92. Cheers, Matt! Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Nose is huge grapefruit and pine hops with some malt and some mild spice. Flavor is overwhelmed by the grapefruit hop character like a bully with something to prove. Hops is the name of the game here. Medium in body and lingering boozy hop character into the finish.