drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/31/11. Boo. 22oz bottle. Dark brown pour, reds under the light, with a small tan head that fades and laces a teensy bit. Bold BA aroma - straight up whiskey, a little spicy, with barely a touch of vanilla and dark fruits. Bold BA flavor as well, but a fair amount better - buttery, coconut, vanilla, and whiskey. There’s also loads of dark fruits and plenty of roasted malt character as well. I hate to say it, but this tastes pretty good! Better than the aroma.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is a muddled mess of fruit, liquor, wood, and hops. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall not the best but it has a great fruit aftertaste.
Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
strong flavor. lots of complex flavors. dark fruits, including prunes, figs, dates. rich malts and a decent of amount of hops. this beer is strong. this works after a big holiday meal.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
I smell it and I don’t even want to drink it. It smells so sickeningly sweet and full of adjuncts that my stomach turns. Thick and sweet as all hell with burning alcohol. Jeez, these guy’s get worse with every new beer they introduce. Putrid!
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark pour, nice creamy head. Aroma has big fruit up front, molasses, dates, alcohol, maple. Flavor is sweet and very fruity--prunes, raisins, light woody notes. Complex and damn good!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany with some copper showing through the edges under a big creamy beige head that’s continually fed by some bubbles from the bottom.
Aroma is huge and excellent with lots of toffee, caramel and molasses. There is plenty of dark fruit like dates and plums and a little vanilla. The whiskey and oak are present in the nose but are just an additional layer in the nose as opposed to dominating it.
The taste is more of the same with different sweet components all piled together. There is the underlying caramel malts but with booze soaked overripe fruits and tons of toffee and treacle. The finish has more bourbon than the aroma would suggest.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It’s really stick on the palate.
This is a massive, sugary sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn’t call it subtle. Nonetheless, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk: strong, complex barleywine. Rich, dark fruits, christmas fruit cake, dates, dark cherries, toffee, caramelized malts. Boozy at 13+%, complex flavor, toffee, dates, raisins, light bourbon strong flavors> Extremely powerful but quite flavorful
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black pout with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma was big bourbon and sweet malt. Hints of fruit peeked through. Flavors had bourbon all over Lots of caramel and lightly roasted dark malt throughout. Finish was smooth with a restrained bitterness, Oh so much bourbon in this one. Quite nice. Alcohol was masked well making this somewhat dangerous. Tasty barley wine.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On draught at Papago). Pours near black with a thin off-white head. Aroma has dark fruits (figs and dates especially), a bit of anise and molasses. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the back end. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very interesting barleywine.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: After sipping this for a while I came to realize that this stuff is awesome! Deepest of browns, nearly black, thin frothy head, dies quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Big whiskey aroma, vanilla, oak, pomegranates and dark pitted fruit. Oh, did I mention loads of caramal and toffee? Even strong caramel and toffee on the tongue. This one is sweet, but not cloying. Big time barrel aged character with a huge malt body. Warming for 13.4%, but not alcoholic. How they hide that stuff... no clue. This comes across as having already aged. Doesn’t seem green at all, given is ABV. Huge figgy and caramel finish, vanilla, whiskey, charred oak, marshmallow, graham cracker, etc, etc, etc... this one is just blows me away. Its a sipping beer, and I sure dont mind sipping this 22oz bottle. Heck, I could sip a couple more.   Extra point given for the fact that this is not aged.