ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz bottle into a snifter. 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a rather murky dark brown color. Very little head is featured here, just a thin collar thatís white with big bubbles. Not to mention, further examination reveals some huge white-colored chunks of sediment. This is what we in the business call "ass-ugly".
S: Wow. This is hugely sweet - almost like a barleywine thatís been distilled even further. Huge dark fruit and caramel sweetness abounds, with plenty of underlying chocolate. I also detect some toffee and some mellow earthiness. Fascinatingly rich, if perhaps a touch too sweet.
T: Indeed, this is one sweet bitch. It opens with plenty of caramel maltiness and dark fruit esters. After the midpoint, the focus switches more to toffee, vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate. Alcohol is mildly prevalent on the back end, but takes on an excellent character, more similar to rum than vodka. After about 3 oz, it does transcend into the realm of "too sweet", with its strong toffee notes ultimately becoming the dominant flavor. Thereís good depth and complexity to compensate somewhat.
M: The body does a decent job of keeping the sugary sweetness in check by slightly drying out on the finish, which has a side effect of intruding on the softness of the texture somewhat. Even with that, itís a heavy, smack-your-lips sweet brew, with almost no carbonation.
O: Well, itís everything a dessert barleywine should be - big, rich, complex, and decadent. However, even at 9.3 oz, this is best split between two people due to how cloying it is. Compare that to, say, Sucaba, which I can finish a 750ml bottle of with little trouble. Absolutely worth trying...just donít drink it before dinner.
EddieG1 (13) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice golden brown color with rich aroma. Sweet raisin, prune, caramel taste balanced against barley, with subtle sourdough finish.
Ferris (4197) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Caramel, prune, raisin and pecans. Cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Toffee, prunes and plum with a light bitterness that finishes light and sweet. Not as well rounded as longer aged bottles, but still nice.
AirForceHops (3182) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paid a crazy price for a 275 ml bottle at Julioís Liquors. Vintage 2011 and I pulled this out because I was bored on a Thursday night with nothing to do. And to be honest I needed a pick me up. Not going to say what I paid for this bad Larry because I will sound like a damn fool! Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, plums, hint of alcohol, stale wheat and almost a shoe leather tone. Just a tad odd. Those crazy English maltsÖ. I enjoyed at cellar temperature.
Has a rich sweet flavor like most barely wines yet aging has showed me another example of why I want all my Barley Wines old. It has mellowed the sweetness and cooled off the alcohol very nicely. The flavor is a great melding of raisins, caramel, molasses with toffee and old stale brown sugar. But really does oxidation of English malts give a shoe leather note? Hints of old leather and bread pudding. Even a Fig Newton cookie flavor. Lower carbonation with a sweet, syrupy mouthfeel that is not a negative. No over sweetness at all, damn easy to drink without any notable alcohol flavor or burn after the sip. Overall thoughts: This is without question a great brew but I feel like for the price it should have been mind-blowing. Even after the great flavor I feel like I over spent to purchase the bottle. I can age plenty of other Barley Wines and get the same result.
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle shared thanks to lithy. Pours a dark golden brown color without a head. Aroma is of big vanilla and caramel with dark fruits in there. Basically smells like candy. Taste is super sweet but not overdone. Wow just really tasty stuff. Thick and syrupy with low carb.
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of sweet alcohol up front. Sickly sweet with sticky hot alcohol. Going to have to come back to this one.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craigís tasting, 2006 edition. Caramel, peanuts, sweet, dry toffee.
Mittenator (1304) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Bottle thanks to Chris. Hazy orange with almost no head. Thick vanilla and fruit aroma. Sweet toffee with a dirty aftertaste.
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. 2009. deep amber with major sediment chunks. very sweet with a bit of sherry. moderate booze. dark fruit. any hops are long gone.
stravale (2099) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers Of Europe 
Ruby golden amber, great colour, clear, off white head, good lacing
Aroma of caramel malts, sodft sherry, caramelised fruits, rich sugars, soft alcohol, light liquorice
Taste of sweet caramel, soft syrup, sweet toffee, sweet sherry, rich, toasted sugars, hint of sweet honey, sweet fruits, drinkable for the abv
Palate - soft carb, full body, oily, rich very sweet malts, alcohol cuts through the sweetness and works well here. Finish - very smooth, sweet, caramelised toffee sugar linger...like the caramel sugar stuff that set hard on the outside of toffee apples
Overall - Really good tasting barley wine, perhaps a bit too sweet though - certainly a sipper
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber, small quickly dissipating off-white head, some lacing. Aroma is quite strong, malty, carmel, toffee, red wine, dried fruits. Flavor follows, medium sweet and just a bit of bitterness, lots of malt sugar notes, some dark breads, a bit of spiced rum. Fullish body, creamy but a bit chalky. Good beer.