j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Brought I think by Max. Pours a clear light brown. Dead still, no head. Smells like rubbing alcohol and plums. Flavor is all burnt malt and isopropyl. Terrible.
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark amber ale poured with a fluffy tan head and an alcohol and treacle aroma. The flavor is toffee, syrup and treacle with some raisin-flavored alcohol. This is the kind of beer that you either love or hate. I’m of the former persuasion.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I figured this beer was an appropriate choice for a milestone like Bonds home run record. Bottle I think from DarkElf? Pours coppery brown with a trace of bubbles. Smells of caramel, some citrus, resiny undertones, hints of pepper. Tastes of caramel, toffee, some spices, earthy qualities. Mouthfeel is syruppy with a sweet sugary finish. Congrats to Bonds on breaking the all time home run record.
mcberko (6318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel – pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really.
5000 (6263) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Fiery orange, thin frothy light beige head, spotty lacing, no noticeable carbonation.   Soft sweet caramel nose, but mainly strong citrus peel.   Seems to be a little bit of wet sock too.   Very pale malt body on this one, slightly astringent, low hop profile (for a Barley Wine anyway), with a fairly moderate biting citrus peel flavor.   Not big in body at all, and certainly not for a 10.2% brew.   Finishes shows a bit of alcohol, with a rough citrus bitter finish.   Not big enough to age well I believe as the malt body is pretty much non-existant.   I was really looking forward to this one too.   Thanks Bill!
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Crystal clear, somewhat rubied medium amber. Dense creamy tan head. Caramelly nose, a little boozy. Creamy medium body. Caramel, doughy malts, tangy oranges on the mid-palate.
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours golden amber with a white head. Hoppy aroma with some light sweet malts. The flavor has a nice hoppy bitterness with some toffee like malt notes. Not bad.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is of caramel malt and heavy on the hops, just my thing. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bread, alcohol and lots of hops, also just my thin. Medium to full body with a sweet hoppy, alcohol burn finish. Jusy my kind of beer!
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle - "kiss the ring 001". Clear deep copper with a small tan creamy head. Mild boozy / sweet citrus aroma, a bit boozy, hints of wood and cream - more like an ASA. Taste is very bitter, almost like burnt hops and booze, pretty much obscures the malt. Burnt and a bit watery, acidic mouthfeel, boozy with a long almost harsh finish; not crazy about it, too bad.
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of DarkElf. Pours a clear copper with a spare diminishing off-white head. Mild aroma of citrus hops, fruit and caramel malt -- quite sweet and boozy. Flavour’s somewhat one-dimensional, it’s sweet and boozy with some burnt elements to it and has a harsh finish. Medium bodied. It’s O.K. but I was dissapointed, I expected much better.