CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle for $14. Quite expensive and not what I expected in the least. Quite hoppy for a barrel-aged barley wine. Pine hops are hitting my nostrils a little bit more than I would like. I’m getting a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma are coming through, but they’re not mixing well with that pine hop aroma. The texture is a bit thin -- a bit too thin for a barley wine, in my opinion. The flavor tastes of vanilla, bourbon, and hops. Damn, I mean, this is simply too green, as others have said. The brewers did a great job with the aging aspect, but the hops need to fade before I imbibe this. My only complaint is that this is too hoppy for what it is.
mcberko (6052) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle, pours dark brown with a reddish tint with a big beige head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, molasses, bourbon and oak. Intensely complex flavour of dark dried fruits and chocolate, with a vanilla and oak on the finish. Most outstanding.
coldbrewky (1419) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Pours a deep brown with hardly a head. Deep ruby in the glass. Nose of intense sweet malts with a hint of heat from musty bourbon. Body undulates with light hops and vanilla in the mist. Long sweet malt finish.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Reddish caramel, moderate sudsy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Fruity sweet caramel nose, slightly nutty and malty.   Somewhat of a bright citrus rind background, malty, nutty, bready, and very green.   Seems to need some age, albeit its not that alcoholic and not that sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Needs to be a bit sweeter, maybe more caramel and bright fruitiness.   Nose is decent, but doesnt translate to the tongue very well.   Seems green, without being very big and an ability to age.   Not uber hoppy, not uber malty, seems a cross between an American and an English example.   Almost wished it would pick a side.   Not bad, but seems green and not smooth enough.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is really a top-notch barleywine. Lots of molasses, tons of hops, a good hop bite throughout. A great sipping beer.
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.
gyllenbock (4460) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at SBWF 2010.
Clear amber with a small, creamy head. Very nice aroma of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. The taste was quite complex and very pleasant. Excellent mouth feel, the alcohol was present but did not bother. I would love to have a bottle or two in my cellar.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2010. Clear mahogany with almost no head. Very smooth, round with vanilla and a nice buttery touch. The aroma is boozy but theres none of that in the taste, instead it has a perfect mouthfeel that’s like silk on the tongue. One of my biggest surprises at the festival.
Frovigalning (2933) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at SBWF 2010. It poured a very dark amber liquid with a msall dirty white head. Intense flavour of dried fruit and wood. Also fairly sweet and complex.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 04-10. The pour is a mostly clear, deep, dark ruby color and an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very pleasant with dark chocolate and complementary vanilla, toffee and almonds, dried apricots, some charred bourbon oak, and some spicy/earthy hops. The flavor is similar with more charred oak and vanilla, more earthy hops, some leafy hops emerging, dried apricots still, and fading notes of dark chocolate and toffee. The palate is lively, full, velvety, warm, and coating. The finish is long and warm with earthy/leafy hops, dried apricot, and charred oak notes. A nice version of the style with lots of malt complexity, some balancing hops, and complementary bourbon. A bit similar to Old Blarney from Moylan’s with the leafy hop notes, and malt prominence but balancing bitter notes, but not as well put together. Nice enough to try but not worth paying the price of an exclusive beer.