Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2014 ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, some time early in 2008
Similar pour to the double simcoe; mountains of creamy, well-retained head. Clear, ruby-magenta-tinged-brown.
You can really smell the rye, despite the aggressive hopping and it makes for a unique aroma. This had something like 4 or 5 months of age on it, I believe and was not an acidic mess in the nose. More floral with a strong brace of bitter orange-like citrus. Candyish, but not overbearingly sweet. Opens up with breathing, leaving vanilla, strawberry jam and alcohol.
A bit less tame in flavor, unfortunately, though I’ve had far worse experiences with barleywines. The rye helped keep the sweetness manageable, though the hop bitterness came through too much, in my opinion. As well, without any relatively soft malts, the alcohol overdried things, leaving the palate dulled on the end. Not overly complex, but had the hops been less punchy, the dryness would have been more appreciated. Don’t think I finished it.
Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Turn back the clock.
The beer is copper orange with a small off-white head. Light haze. Aromas include apples, brown sugar, yeast, oranges, butterscotch. Sweet and syrupy with prominent honey character. Thick on the palate with low carbonation. Alcohol presence is tamed by time but the beer is still a bit of a chore. Best shared many ways. RussianDragon (578) - - JUN 10, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, still medium orange amber color with virtually no head. Aroma is mild yet medicinal with malt, caramel, toffee, booze and notes of dark fruit. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, caramel, alcohol, sweet candy, plum. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, carbonation is minimal. 6/10/14 jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is of grain, malt and caramel. Taste is of caramel, grain, maple, toffee, malt and honey. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Been a minute. Remember an Earthier malt bomb that was thick. Low carbonation. Sweet but dirty hoppy finish. Confused BW. valpoaj (744) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Obviously well aged bottle at this point - murky brown, thought not totally opaque pour with the thinnest of off-white heads that leaves a lasting ring at the edges of the glass. Aroma is malt, honey, brown sugar, hint of booze - somewhat faint...very sweet! Flavor is quite good - lots of honey, some sweet malt, lightly hopped, some booze at the end. Very little hint of the rye remaining, which is disappointing, but perusing some earlier reviews, I think this may have benefited nicely from the age. Palate is moderately thick, oily, light carbonation, slight burn on finish. Not a half bad beer...definitely better than the ratings had me expecting before open.
Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Aged 5+ years. I enjoyed this quite a bit, the beer was well integrated with a faint cherry sourness offsetting the thick, somewhat spicy brew. Nice warm finish. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. Golden in color, clear look, and has a light white head. The smell is sweet, yeast, rye, malts, cereal, and ok. The taste is sweet, a mingling of fruits, rye, and caramel. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2013
Bomber @ Kaj. Pours slightly cloudy darker amber with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma is fruity malty raisins a bit sourish toasted vinous. Flavor is vinous fruity malty grapes raisins slightly bitter very fresh. Finishes bitter malty fruity. fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
[ Trade by madmitch76 ]. [ Vintage 2007 ]. Clear medium orange amber colour with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, toffee, alcohol, plum notes. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, caramel, alcohol, sweet candy, plum. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
2007 vintage enjoyed October 2, 2012. Carbonation kept over 5 years quite well and very smooth for a barleywine. Bit on the vinous side. Very nice beer which aged very well.