This beer was drank at an initial temp of 47 degrees in a brandy snifter. The flavor/aroma really opened up once it had warmed up a bit.
Appearance - This beer is a wonderful amber/ruby color. Very clear, although with a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. I could see a full pour resulting in a cloudy beer. Small head, retains a bit of foam for the duration. Lacing is good, but not exceptional.
Smell - Malty smell, with little/no hops aroma. Very slight alcohol smell.
Taste - Pleasant alcohol flavor, not too overpowering. Nice bitterness to work with the residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Think and creamy, which works quite well with the strength.
Drinkability - This beer scores fairly high here, considering it is a barleywine. The 22oz went went down very easily, and paried well with spent grain chocolate chip cookies.