Madirish76 (39) - Whittier, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Normal malt and hop guardian aroma. Copper color with no head or lacing. caramel start with hippy finish. Bourbon is mild but gives oaky notes with slight tannins. Med body with light carbonation. Overall a nice offering.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   2010 500ml.   Reddish caramel, deep and dark, huge fluffy sandy head, strong spotty lacing.   Strong candied citrusy notes, soft bourbon, a little bit of marmalade and vanilla.   Very light alcohol too.   Smooth on the tongue, bourbon, a little faded, light citrus peel and marmalade.   Not too bright, perhaps a little over the hill, but still smooth and tasty.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Soft graham cracker and dull caramel on the finish.   This one was good, but it wasn’t bright whatsoever.   Hides its ABV very well tho.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Good, but not as good as I was hoping for, expecially at $17 a pop.
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2013 On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma is boozy, vanilla, hoppy, sweet. Taste is similar with some bitterness on the end. A heavier beer but not much carbonation. Very warming alcohol finish. Overall a good barley wine.
alexsdad06 (5236) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle picked up by brew3crew. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white film. The aroma has caramel, toffee, oak, light bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits and earthy hops. The flavor has much of the same; caramel, dried fruits, more bourbon than on the nose, vanilla, earth, citrus and oak. The barrel smooths this one out, maybe a bit too much.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml cork and caged bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! 2010 is on the bottle, but I guess this was released much more recently. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, earth, rye, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, dried fruits, leaves, and brown sugar. Simple. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, earthy, sweet mouthfeel and modest carbonation. A little thin and subdued. Maybe this should have been released sooner.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle, courtesy of artmcd8, at Dog Days Tasting. Alcohol, nutty and oaky. Sweet and malty with light hop character. Smooth nose with some licorice. Dark coppery amber clear with thin lacing off-white head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Sweet with raisin, alcohol, bourbon and oak, and vanilla. Still hot with lots of warming. Heavy viscous sweet finish.
TheJester (1775) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cole’s. Simply a beautiful beer to look at - amber, with a fluffy tan head. The aroma is mild - probably a draught thing. But the nose is dominated by oak. Tonnes of smoke in the flavour - it’s almost like peat. Syrupy body. Lots from the barrel, but the base beer is not quite obscured. Boozy finish. What a barleywine should be.
Syzzer (580) - Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6-4-12 @ Venti’s on tap: Light bourbon color, Head around rim lasts. Alcohol present, bitter finish. Alcohol over powers. 8.05 BD 8Ben- tasting alcohol, tastes kinda like bock
Beerman6686 (4169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a dark orange color with a beige head. Aroma was dark fruits, barrel, hops, and burnt sugar. Flavor was similar, a lot more hops than expected for this being 3 years old. Light barrel and some sweetness. Alcohol is subdued luckily.
artmcd8 (1485) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2013 2010 Bottle thanks to docjitsu. Shared at dog days tasting. Pours a reddish copper color. Aroma of bourbon and dark fruits. Tastes a bit harsh and astringent. Oily thick mouthfeel with proper carbonation.