hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Bottle 2011… This beer rocks!… Pours clear and dark with deep ruby highlights when held to bright light. Small, frail, khaki head. The decadent aroma is fruity, malty, vinous and woody. Rich caramel intermingles with dark, dried, candied fruits, vintage port, oak and milk chocolate with a light splash of bourbon. Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The flavor offers bittersweet caramel and dark port interwoven with warm, woody, bourbony goodness. Finishes sweet, caramely and warming, but by no means “hot.” World class beer! Much better than the 2010 version, but nothing beats 2008’s and 2009’s The Perfect Storm.
Earlier Rating: 1/12/2011 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle 2010… Pours very dark with crimson highlights and a small, bubbly, beige head. Bourbony, caramely, mocha bouquet. Full-bodied and oily with subdued carbonation. Nourishing flavors of caramel, espresso, chocolate, vanilla and pouch tobacco flourish despite intense alcohol and bourbon heat. Lengthy, alcoholic, bourbon and chocolate finish. This year’s version (Winterfest ’09?) will need to spend a lot of time in the cellar before it’s mature enough and smooth enough to truly shine. I really look forward to revisiting this one about a year down the road!
Earlier Rating: 3/31/2009 Total Score: 4.4
Bottle 2009… C&P’sLYFO Throwdown… This beer rocks!… Pours very dark with mahogany highlights and a small, bubbly, beige head. Chocolaty, bourbony, caramel aroma. Mega full-bodied and silky with gentle carbonation. Hearty flavors of charcoal, espresso, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Bittersweet and smooth. Lengthy, warming, bourbon and chocolate finish. Thanks to JMFG for sharing this bottle of world class beer! * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a darker brown color with a biege head. Aroma was a good bit of borubon, some toffee, caramel, and dark fruits, and medium roast too. Flavor was a lot of bourbon as well, but the nice sweeter caramel barleywines notes still shine through. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 7/27/2011 Total Score: 3.9
This poured a dark brown color with a very small beige head. Aroma was lots of sweet malts, molases maybe, bourbon, snad soem chocolate too. Flavor was very sweet and boozy, bourbon sitting nicely on top of caramel candy and chooclate. Nice stuff.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Vintage. Thanks to PaulUnwin for sharing this one. Pours a nice dark caramel amber color with a white head. Nose is malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, booze, bourbon, wood, a bit of sherry and wonderful complexity. Flavor is similar- flavor is revealed as toffee, caramel, vanilla, sherry, bourbon, and assertive is a good word for the booze, but the beer quickly wraps it up in layers of toffee, caramel, and sherry. Nice, complex beer with vanilla and toffee throughout, weaving into the finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/10/2010 Total Score: 4
Thanks to Gillard for bringing this ruckus! Awesome barley wine. Pours barley wine amber with a tan head. Nose is dark fruit, booze, some slight hops, and some vanilla. Flavor is intense: booze, big malt, ripe dark fruit, and sweetness combine to make this a perfect storm of flavors.
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2014 Bottle. ’10 vintage, dark brown pour with a small tan head. All kinds of bourbon and subtle dark fruit aromas. Boozy and hot with loads of bourbon, rich caramel, dates, oak, vanilla, and toffee notes. Another year or two in the bottle might make this bw exceptional... (4.0)
’09 Vintage re-Rate (Perfect Storm)
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 30th, 2011.
Aroma kicks of with big notes of wood and ageing on top of that bourbon and chocolate. Very balanced and very refined nose with a nice amount of sweetness. The taste also starts of quite sweet with a great complexity. Warming alcohol, fruits and wood. Great barley wine that I’d love to try when I’ve got more time!
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ryan, thanks brotha! Nice dark brown murky color with a thin head. Aroma is a mix between sweet malt and slight caramel. The ABV is masked very well here and all the flavors seem very well balanced.
TheJestersBeer (2291) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, beige head.
Complex aromas, lots of oak, vanilla, fruit, cocoa, madeira wine, dried fruits.
Medium sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Very rich taste, dried fruits, figs, apricots, tobacco, marzipan, oak, vanilla, spices. Impressive. (2011-10-08)
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsoe’s - Thanks. Clear dark red/brown - offwhite head. Raisins, barley, licorice, hoppy, bourbon notes, sweetness, dried fruits, wooden, lakridskonfekt, caramel, oakey, vanilla. Lovely smooth.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2010 Total Score: 4.1
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear dark dark deep red/brown - offwhite head. Dried fruits, coconut, bourbon, licorice, lakrids konfekt, dark fruits, wooden, sweetness, riped fruits, barley, caramel, toffee. Nice.
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Vintage 2010 ]. Clear dark red brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dark bred, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, licorice - brown confect, light roasted. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, bread, dark malt, alcohol, brown licorice candy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2010 Total Score: 4
Clear medium to dark brown color with a small, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, licorice, licorice konfekt, dark fruit, light alcohol - bourbon. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate malt, licorice - licorice konfekt, bourbon. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2011 2010 vintage. Bomber served in a goblet. Visually the same as Stormwatchers. Dark mahogany with amber hues. Little to no head and minimal lace. But this is where the minimalisticity ends as there’s something lurking in this viscous elixir. Massive aromatics show toffee, bourbon, dense dark fruits, nutty toasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Very complex. The hedonistic flavor is urged on by the alcohol. The mid-palate explodes with dark fruit, oak, and bourbon, all flowing through the finish. Huge body, ultra creamy thick texture, soft carbonation, and a long, sticky, warming finish. Amazing.