Decided to check the SG of the Barleywine tonight.
First off, let me just say that using a bucket when the fermentation blows out the side sucks. The sweet beer decided to congeal and create the most difficult seal to break that I have ever seen. It took me ~10 minutes to pry an opening at the top of the bucket.
On to the beer...
The gravity was down to 1.022, giving me a current ABV of 9.8%. Sipping on the sample was surprisingly nice, considering the age of the brew (9 days). The brew isn't harsh, not particularly boozy, and a pleasant malt flavor.
I think this is going to be a VERY good brew, especially once I oak and dry-hop it.