Leighton (14404) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s Post-GBBF 2014 Tasting - London. Pours clear amber with a bubbly white head. Toffee on the nose, light butterscotch, ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor, boozy, with some buttery toffee and rich fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Gooey semi-dark sugars on the finish with present booze, buttery toffee, rich ripe fruits. So so.
Theydon_Bois (12913) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14.
Chestnut brown / dark amber with little in the way of a head.
Nose carries prominent bourbon tones, dark toffee fudge, spice, woody booze, vanilla.
Taste comprises rich malt, caramel, creme brulee, good dose of bourbonics, rich fruit cake, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Decent enough barley wine, doesn’t drink at 12%!
Tmoney99 (12060) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy bourbon, dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet alcohol finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
Benzai (10618) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisO after GBBF day 3. Clear dark orange to red color, average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma is sweetish, dark fruits, raisins, quite strongly vanilla and bourbon. Taste malts, sweetish, raisins, lots of bourbon, lightly vanilla, wood. Full body, medium to full carbonation. Wow, very nice!
Dogbrick (9651) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Daily Growler UA. The beer is clear deep reddish-amber color with a medium white head that recedes quickly to a thin outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, figs and caramel malt. The finish is mildly boozy with a rich malt and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Nice clear red-amber. Lovely aroma with malt, caramel, some cookies, bourbon, vanilla, some coconut, a bit of nuts, a bit of chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, vanilla, cookies, bourbon, some fruitiness and a light chocolate note. Rounded mouthfeel. Very good stuff.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Reddish caramel, deep, frothy sandy head, little lacing.   Sweet up front, bready, pale breadiness, a touch of mango.   A very malty example of a Barley Wine.   Seems to be a heavier Wheat Wine.   Big rich maltiness, bready, some soft dark pitted fruit, with a touch of tropical fruit.   Fairly full bodied.   Finishes rich, thick, with strong caramel breadiness, some dark pitted fruit.   Bigger than expected.   Thanks Kevin!
djd07 (6254) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a clear copper with small beige head. The aroma is strong gorp and vanilla. Medium mouth with similar flavor to nose, nice sweetness, very good.
nimbleprop (6091) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Black Squirrel’s Michigan beer event during DC Beer Week 2014. Pours a clear amber with some creamy off white head. Nose has some booze, some tropical fruit, caramel, bits of wet coconut, sort of candied pineapple, honey. Flavor is like pineapple upside down cake, caramel, orange, vanilla, booze. Sticky finish.
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, fruit/raisin, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, and light oak. It pours a transparent dark copper with a small off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy caramel, toasted brown sugar, fruit, and light raisin. The finish has molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and light wood. It’s full bodied with a rather sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation.