scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
rating 10, lock it in bitches!! Barley wine? Crimson toffee hue, fleeting pale head, quickly leaves a small ring. Candied apple aroma. Little sweet plum, some dry leather. Overall contrasting and I never get any barley wine thing. Old ale mostly. More candied apple, ample leather. Little light in body, more concentrated red delicious, sticky sweet finish, though never approaches barley wine character.
5000 (5655) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Ruby hued deep caramel, moderate foamy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Strong biscuity nose, slight dark pitted fruit and breadiness.   Very nutty and biscuity on the tongue, also somewhat bready.   Slight fig and date.   Needs some caramel sweetness.   Somewhat viscous mouthfeel.   Sticky finish, malty, nutty, very biscuity.   This seems to have a huge English like influence.   Tiz okay, but almost too much of an Uber English Strong Ale influence.   Not sure that this would be a Barley Wine.
mcberko (4850) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark amber with a light head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts, red wine and dryness. Flavour of dark dry fruits, caramel malts, with a vinous body - very red wine-like. Dry finish.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of my dad. Liked this one a lot more than I expected. Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is super tantalizing and dessert like, loaded with sticky dates, cherry, toffee, with a whiff of vanilla. The flavor is along similar lines, with sweet bready malts and a bit of a dried apricot quality as well. Has a rich, sticky body. Very low bitterness. This is pretty sweet throughout and is definitely a dessert beer.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fitting representation of the traditional English barleywine style. We sampled both the 2008 and 2009 vintages, and the evolution after just a year was impressive. The 2009 has a base of strong, sweet malt that is almost cloying, and there is an appropriately low bitterness for the English style. The 2008 has developed low notes of sherry and some fruity esters not present in the fresher vintage. It’s more complex, and still quite sweet. But, the sweetness is reduced in comparison with the 2009 vintage. This will age wonderfully for years to come; it was the 1998 vintage of this beer that has won at GABF the past two years.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Crystal clear, brightly rubied medium amber. Dense, creamy ring of tan foam. Mild sour cherry nose. Creamy medium body. Doughy malts, caramel, butterscotch, a little bit of fruity tang on the mid-palate. Mild doughy finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brouwers Hard Liver fest 2009. Amber body, red hue at the edges, with a thin off-white head. Nose has some banana esters to it, a bit strange, but not offensive in any way. Sweet throughout with more banana that mixes with the caramel and vanilla notes. Hops were still fairly strong, but seeing as it is an 08 vintage will probably settle a bit with time. Decent, but not one of the standouts of the fest.
OldMrCrow (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Browers Hard Liver ’09.
I like the brewery a lot, but I have to confess to being a bit disappointed with this one. Dark pour, nice full head. Musty aroma, not entirely in a good way, almost flat on the tongue. Dark coffee and cherry, again musty, just a hint sour. I was unable to get excited about it.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at hardliver 2009. clear dark copper color with a medium head. aroma of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. taste is sweet and almost salty a bit.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can’t believe I’m the first to rate this one. On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 09. Pours a ruby copper with a dense head. Great-looking. Ripe fruits, even a slightly tart aroma. Great hop / malt balance - this is really, really smooth. Not too potent - extremely drinkable - but at the same time, not outstanding in any way.