5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, ruby hued, moderate frothy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet oak notes up front, some vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and graham cracker as well.   Slight tropical fruity flair as it warms.   On the tongue its certainly a malty sort, very woody (oak), with soft vanilla and graham cracker.   Not a hoppy example, rather sweet with a nice caramel like background.   Not real heavy, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Thankfully given its sweetness its not too sticky.   No real hops on the finish either.   This is an English example from start to finish.   The Oak comes through on the nose and up front on the tongue.   Otherwise its a nice mellow smooth caramel and slightly tropical example of an English style Barley Wine.   Better than I expected!
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
09-NOV-2012, From Fish & Beer, @Ulkløbben Meeting, @my place.
Amber with lasting off-white head. Malty fruity with wood, grape fruit, caramel, raisin.
High carbonation, sweet, long bitter and sweet finish.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from Erzbierschof - fully cloudy brown beer with a modest head retention; aroma of apples and prunes with hints of vanilla; moderate carbonation and full-bodied; velvety palate; some sweetness and some moderate earthy bitterness and a long aftertaste of caramel, chestnuts and marzipan - the alcohol is dangerously well hidden
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to jcnielsen! Thanks Jetson! Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a small tan head. Rich dark fruity, lively tannic, grainy fresh oaky, vanilla, caramel aroma. Super fresh oaky, big vanilla, somewhat boozy/strong, leather, tannin, caramel, dark chocolate, fig, raisin flavor with a bit strong but fairly smooth finish. Pretty tasty.
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a medium brown, aroma is bit oaky and the flavour is really smooth and a nice woody flavour, lots of vanilla, and just really full bodied and flavourful, one of the best b wines i have had in awhile, yum
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The head is nonexistent, off-white. The beer itself has the color I would expect from a barley wine: a clear dark red copper. Looks good. Aroma is some fruity hops, raisins, almond / marzipan. Flavor reminds me a bit of a strong American IPA, but the raisins differentiate it from those. Carbonation is soft and mouthfeel pretty smooth. Finish is slightly bitter and sweet, some alcohol.
What a great beer. Reminds me of Anchor Old Foghorn, which is the archetype barley wine for me, i.e. very good. The taste of alcohol at the end takes a bit away from my points. But, nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
LoFi (1550) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby with a beige head.
Aroma: wet dog, wool mittens, sweet maltiness with toffee, grapes.
Taste: raisins and dried fruit, toffee, oak, light earthy, grape juice, sweet, honey, some kind of candy.
Quite full bodied with medium carbonation.
I was hoping for more from this one.
anders37 (16253) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty woody vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty woody dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty vanilla woody caramel finish.
PotjeBier (1583) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Beer Temple. Clear red-brown color. Off white to beige head, sticky. Aroma’s: sticky toffee and resinous hops. Retronasal the oak wood (vanilla) comes out clearly combining well with the toffee. Flavor is medium sweet with notes of wood. Medium body. Finishes malty, lightly bitter. Real nice.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottling date 2/15/12. Richly malty and sweet aroma, hugely complex with notes of dark brown sugar, dried fruit, citrus, pineapple, oak, vanilla, earthy, spicy hops and some faint medicinal alcohol in the background. Deep, dark amber in color with a fine, uneven, lasting, light tan head. Flavor profile is just huge in all possible ways like a good Barleywine should be, with dark, sweet, toffeeish, toasty malt, floral, citric, earthy hop, oak accents, and a strongly bitter, long, warming finish. A certain sugary raisin fruit character lurks in the background throughout. Palate is chewy and thick with a massive body. Oak presence is there, but certainly not overwhelmingly so. This is quite nice after 10 months of somewhat accelerated aging.