lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a wine glass at a Shelton Brothers tasting at the Wine and Cheese Place.
Aroma: Very aromatic, toffee, caramel, biscuit comes out as it warms up, boozey fumes if you get close enough.
Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a small amount of tan foam, head dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a nice trail of suds on the glass as you sift it.
Taste: Sweet molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze; all of the flavors which were out on the nose come together for a big party. Thereís so much going on from start to finish you keep discovering new flavors after numerous pulls.
Palate: Full bodied, one of the thickest beers I have ever had, very chewy, a dessert in a glass.
Overall: This is one of the finest barleywines I have ever had the pleasure to drink. I couldnít quite pull out any traces of the cognac barrels but I am sure it is probably hiding in there somewhere waiting for a more experienced palate. Be careful with this one, it will sneak up on you given how smooth it is!
jandd1983 (3135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the W&C Clayton. It poured a deep brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of rich malts, some oak, dark fruits, cognac and a touch of hops. The taste was of caramel, toffee, oak, cognac, raisins and other dark fruits with a lot of some booze. Awesome.
andrewje41 (1258) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour at the Brouwers event. Pours dark brown with a dark fruit, boozy raisin aroma. Very bran flavor, and very smooth. No way this is 17%. Drinks easy. Great stuff. Love it.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 750 ml bottle at Ei8ht Ball/The Party Source. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with virtually no head. Notes of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, oak, cake, dried berries, dates, figs, leather. A minor earthiness in the background, maybe a hint of chocolate. Good Cognac character throughout. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, rich mouthfeel. The beer drinks like itís half the listed ABV. Holy smokes. Dangerously delicious.
b3shine (6509) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle to taster. Looks good; semi-transparent hazelnut brown with khaki head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells good too; sweet and malty (but not cloying) with a nice cognac presence. Tastes like it smells with a great mouthfeel that drinks more like 8% than almost 18%. Some mild hops in there too. Very complex for the simplicity of its malt and hop bill. Excellent beer!
50belair (2930) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Thick soupy pour thatís a murky poo brown in color with a fleeting mocha head. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee upfront with the boozy cognac bite in the finish. Huge body with a mind numbing mouthfeel. I would love to have a bottle to sit down for five years or so.....
biggsbowler (520) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - pours a dark, murky brown. very thick and syrupy. The aroma is sweet, malty, oak, and cognac. The taste is smooth, malty. Not boozy for a 17% beer. As it hits the back of my mouth, it tastes so luscious and rich. This is impressive in every way. Why canít more breweries make barleywines like this? Thank you, Anchorage!!!
jtclockwork (10658) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Etched glass bottle at Nickís tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of cognac, oak, dark fruit, toasted nuts, raisin and toffee. Slight alcohol in finish. Full bodied. Delicious.
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by some generous soul at a Portland tasting, thanks!
Clear mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and woody. Flavors of brown sugar, sweet malts, woody and leather
Nice and smooth
djd07 (5894) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong burnt sugar, caramel, oak, booze. Thick mouthfeel with very strong burnt sugar, oak, cognac, sweet finish. Hides alcohol extremely well, really enjoyed this one.