Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown body with big soapy head. lace is observed later. Some sounress in aroma, not an english barleywine. Stout, sourish, lactic, not too drinkable. The oak whisky has absorbed some wild elements, or we can say infection problem. there is also some sweetness, lactose, coconut.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, on the reddish side, some sediment floats about, large frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Powdered sugar nose, faint woodiness, light fruit skin.   Very light on the tongue.   Starts off with a huge twang.   Finishes light for a 12.1% beer.   Not malty enough.   No real malt sweetness for an English Barleywine.   Moderate body and mouthfeel. Yeah, this is somewhat of an odd duck.   Too much fruitiness and not enough malt.
douglas88 (5131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One liter bottle thanks to Toby. I was warned that this beer was infected or somehow off, but it was actually quite nice. Pours a dark mahogany color with a small white head. The aroma is just great; bourbon, oak, dark fruit, yeast, sweet caramel. The flavor is indeed sour- dark cherries and sour vinegar-, but a large bourbon and woody sweetness provide balance, light sweet fruits and caramel. Loads of barrel, and I wonder if the champagne yeast is actually the cause of the odd tartness? I liked it, it was very complex.
patrickfannon (1201) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coffee amber wuth a thick. beige. pillowy head. Heavily floral aroma: lavander, cream, vanilla, spice, and hints of hops. Medium bodied with a beautifully balanced mouthfeel. Nice lacing throughout. Clean finish. Excellent barley wine.
Svesse (5679) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy, with brief beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dark berries, caramel, oak wood, rubber and earthy hops. Malty, fruity taste with dark fruit, red berries, caramel, oak wood and earthy, citrussy hops in the finish. Itís got an almost tart sourness to it, that might need some cellaring to be rounded off. Full body, not very sweet, but vinous with lots of alcohol shining through. Interesting beer, hardly balanced but complex. A couple of years in the cellar might give it a smoother balance.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the bottle at The 2009 Great Decatur Beer Festival on 10/17/09... dark murky red color with small head... nice oak nose, along with some dark fruit... big round body... low carbonation... sweet hop presence throughout... didnít taste the 12%...
Blindfolk (8) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2009 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Pours a deep copper, almost opaque, with a very thin off-white head.
S - Smells of malt and over-ripe fall fruits, very pleasant.
T - The initial taste is of a normal barleywine, decent but nothing too special. After it hits the back of the mouth the flavor becomes so dominated by the oak that nothing else can be noticed. Not enough balance.
M - Decent mouthfeel, not too thin nor too thick.
D - Itís a surprisingly light drink for such a high ABV, but the oaky aftertaste is really too much.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Source:One liter swingtop from Greens.
Appearance:Hazy red pour with a thin off white head.
Aroma:Tart with fruit and caramel.
Palate:Medium/full body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Obviously infected. BLAH!
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1liter bottle. 2008. deep murky garnet under a medium sized frothy tan head. lightly tart aroma with some vinous fruits and caramel malt. tart flavors. extremely fruity with lots of raspberry, cherry, strawberry flavors that would make me think itís a fruit beer if i didnít know better. this drinks unbelievable easy for 12.1%. creamy and medium bodied. i have no idea if i got the infected batch i heard was going around but i donít really care. this stuff rocks!
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swing-top bottle generously shared by psprings. Pours a rich toffee color with an off-white head. Very hot with alcohol up front. Evidence of a barrel(s) being involved is limited. Tastes aggressively of alcohol, caramel, cherry cough syrup, and vanilla. Firewater for firemen -- I can dig it.