crossovert (11344) - Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn’t expect too much, these black barleywines often suck, but this one is one of the better ones.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Fire House in Eau Claire. Very dark pour with a small white head. Nut, molasses, and dark fruit nose and taste. Quite good!
douglas88 (8395) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark mahogany hue with a large cream colored head. The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel. A nice smooth flavor with caramel, light berries, dry throughout, some candies and plum, a bit of toasted malts, fruity hops throughout but little bitterness. Certainly odd to be called a black barley wine yet to be reddish and not unusual in any sense. Also, the Belgian quality is puzzling to me. Otherwise, a very good barley wine, solid and tasty.
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of markwise. Very nice, a new barleywine for me. It pours mahogany with tan-ish sort of white head of foam. The aroma offers up earthy black licorice (is earthy black licorice even possible) and sticky malty pine hop notes. The taste delivers smooth dark roasted malts, molasses and dank hoppiness moving into bitter pine hops. This is nice stuff. A big black IPA.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep reddish-brown with a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up sweet biscuit, toffee, and redder fruity notes, with another layer of fruit deeper down.. warm and well-balanced, but not too exciting. The flavor found molasses, burnt black patent, and some chocolate maltage at the core.. quite bitter around, with pine resin leading and a bit of earth tagging along.. finished fruity and bitter, with a nice kick of peppery alcohol in the end. Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. silky feel across the middle.. some of the flavors were a little muddled, but overall this was well-balanced and tasty. I’ll gladly have another.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep cola, large frothy pale beige head, very nice lacing. Roasty hoppiness on the nose, somewhat bright. A bit of citrus peel as well. Similar on the tongue, a bit astringent. A little rough on the finish, sweet citrusy peel, a bit candyish, also some roasted malts. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. A bit of alcohol on the exit, minor, witih a little roasted astringency, hoppiness, and sweet citrus peel.   Thanks to Skyview for the bottle!
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of ughsmash via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, grapefruit, faint fruit, alcohol, and roast. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a small khaki head with some sporadic lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and faint Belgian yeast. The finish has moderate grapefruit and a touch of roast. It’s medium bodied with with mild carbonation.
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black, respectable beige head. Sweet piny chocolate tones, woody, resinous, maybe some burnt coffee as well. This beer would be awesome barrel aged. Dry, chocolate hop bitterness, not unlike a Black IPA, but with the Belgian yeast really adding dimension and complexity. Big rich flavor, but quite drinkable. Well done!
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at The Coffee Grounds in Eau Clarie, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque bark brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma roasted dark malt, a hint of soy, light molasses, some light prunes and a touch of raisin. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavor is quite complex with flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, dark pitted fruits, and some grassy hops. Finish is mildly spicy with a lingering bitterness , semi-dry, with some dark pitted fruit aftertaste.
jgb9348 (5674) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep super dark brown coloured body with a very thin tan head, about half a centimetre tall. Aroma of oak, roasted malt, raisins, figs, earth, milk chocolate, prunes, alcohol and hints of yeast. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavours with some earth, peanuts, walnuts and a decent amount of pit fruit sweetness, highlighted with figs. Aftertaste shows a good deal of alcohol, but well tempered by the sweetness and the yeast-forward flavours with bread and earth up front as well. Overall, a nice beer that is more ’american strong’ than a barley-wine, but great to sample. This has aged well and there are no harsh flavours at all, with only a tiny bit of bread and yeast noticeable and just a smooth sweetness from pit fruits on the tail end. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Discount Liqour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on finally a chilly day on 12-February-2015.