5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Thanks to mrcentaur for the bottle.   Deep burnt caramel in color, moderate light beige head, foamy, little lacing.   Big caramel, bready, and dark pitted fruit nose.   In fact, its very prune like, with heaps of figs, golden raisins, and caramel maltiness.   Loads of dark pitted fruit and caramel on the tongue.   Huge amount of prune juice on the back side.   This one is unique in that seems to have a huge amount of prune to it.   The 12.5% ABV is amazingly well hidden.   This simply comes across as a malty/caramel like dark pitted fruit like drink.   Not so sure about the barrel aging, unless the barrel was a friggen prune!   In all seriousness, body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   Finish is chalk full of dark pitted fruit (mostly prune juice) and caramel/toffee like malts.   Low bitterness, except perhaps that fruit skin like bitterness we all experience with fruit thatís too young.   Different, but enjoyable.   Hides the ABV dangerously well.   Brandy aged?   I guess I could somewhat see that...
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a medium thick and foamy khaki head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, brandy and molasses. Full, rich and boozy body with flavors of roasted malt, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The finish is oaky bourbon and burnt malt with a lingering boozy aftertaste. Very good beer all around.
BlowOffTube (450) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells sweet and brown sugar. Nothing like Iíve had before. Kind of smokey, brown sugar, rich, and sort of dark chocolate taste. Medium carbonation and takes some time to put this one down. Interesting but not my favorite.
Ataraxia (361) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barely translucent dark brown in color, thick beige head. Syrupy sweet aroma of almost overripe fruits (raisins, figs, dates), molasses, brown sugar, caramel malt, and charred oak. Complex mixture of initial malty sweetness, followed by alcohol bitterness, and edged with sour bourbon in the finish. Boozy, full-bodied, a little over-carbonated, and a long finish.
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
During RBWG 2013. Bottle shared by me from a trade with TigerBrew, I think. Deep amber brown pour with a nice tan head. Awesome rich BA aroma and flavor - fudge, wood, whiskey, vanilla, oak, etc. - with lots of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and goodness underneath from the base. Iím digging their BA stuff!
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Dark ruby with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Vanilla, brandy, woody and brown sugar
Taste: Brandy, grapes and woody
Great barley wine, great aroma
douglas88 (5896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Stawn. Pours a deep red/brown color with a large creamy beige head. A wonderful fruity brandy nose, superb, sugary and woody. Rich dry flavors with huge grapes, heat, caramel, brown sugar, some berries. Very good, the nose is amazing.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, $6.49 at Olive Tree Market in OB. Deep mahogany with a 1/2 finger tan head, fair retention. Aroma is dominated by old boozy spirit wood and caramel vanilla. The flavor has less sweet notes, and tends to turn more bittersweet with scorched caramel. Now I can tell that the spirit is brandy (in the flavor). I can tell itís strong, but doesnít quite feel like 12.5%. Semi-dry earthy finish, bitterness peaking at a 3. Light prickly carbonation with a full body. Happy to have tried it, but no desire to get another bottle.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 03/21/2013. Pours deep dark brown, thick tan head settles respectably to the surface, nice lacing with active carbonation feeding the edge of the glass. Complex aroma- boozy candied fruits, cherry, chocolate toffee with some roast elements, sweeter caramel and brandy notes on top.Taste follows suit, though perhaps would be better with less carbonation- chocolate caramel toffee with roasted bitterness, booze, a little smoky too with sweeter barrel notes floating on top, lots of wood, drying out the finish. Thick, chewy palate. Really nice, reminds me in some respects of HotD offerings like Matt or Cherry Adam.
mcberko (6259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from TigerBrew (thanks a lot, Cesar), pours a deep dark mahogany with a medium tan head. Aroma is complex, full of rich dark dried fruits, caramel malts, and brandy barrels. Flavour brings out the brandy barrels upfront - the brandy certainly dominates, with secondary flavours of dark dried fruits (especially raisins), and some caramel malt. Rich and flavourful with the brandy dominating. However, this is almost no hint of the 12.5% ABV. Excellent stuff.