Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. A monster! It’s somewhat clear and deep red-brown in the glass this one. A bit anonymous on the nose at first, so better let it breathe for a while. A while later; oh yeah, lots of sweet dark fudge and caramel here. Not even a hint of the alcohol, but it’s really deep complex and concentrated this. Figs, dates and other sweet dried fruits, some cocoa traces and a strong big good amount of cherry. Mmhhh.. Really nice! Loaded with flavors also, and here you’ll most definitely items can sense the alcohol. Yo can actually almost see and touch it as well. Sticky and concentrated in the mouth with a soft prickling carbonation level. Loaded with dark fruits and some cough syrup. Slightly salty also in a way, a dry the cherry is definitely present the in the taste as well. Lots of taste, perhaps a bit to much? Is that even possible? 03.05.2013
SlackerMads (1929) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at CBC 2013. Clear dark brown with a medium sized good lacing beige head. Rum soaked raisins, sherry, oak ,sweet malty. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation.
tkrjukoff (4154) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC 2013. Pours clear pale mahogany. Aroma is sweet raisins caramel fidges dark fruits malty. Flavor is velvety boozy; as aroma; good bitterness, well balanced.
HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Festival 2013, what a treat this was. The ABV is well-hidden, excellent cognac character percolates throughout the entire beer while still allowing a really cool English barley wine to show through. Sweet but extremely drinkable for a sweet, 17% abv beer. Remarkable.
Lukaduke (2506) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple samples at the Festival 2013. Pours a rich copper caramel color with a trace of khaki foam. The nose is sweet but inviting with caramel, toffee, raisin, coconut covered dates. The palate follows with a nice full round mouthfeel but slick in the finish and not overly sticky.. nice notes of tootsie rolls, malted chocolate, toffee... damn the alcohol on this one is well integrated and not hot whatsoever ! Delicious.
czar (5147) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pour @ THE festival, maine. hazy dark brown with a minimal beige head, some retention. tons of caramel, some burnt, booze, dark fruitiness, woody, leather, grassy-spicy but mostly piney make their way through this cloying muddy and syrupy liquid. light carbonation, full body, cloying and boozy finish. more than ok for what it is..
kramer (5303) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ The Festival. Pours a clear dark amber body with zero head. The nose is super malty and rich with tons of dark fruits and raisons. Some wood and booziness, but it doesn’t kill the malt. The flavor is thick and rich with a heavy caramel and dark fruit maltiness. It’s like liquid raisons. The barrel and alcohol are certainly there, but it’s surprisingly second fiddle to the malt. Not sure I would have guessed cognac in particular though. Thick and chewy body with minimal carbonation and a bit of alcohol heat on the finish. This was pretty darn drinkable for such a huge ABV, even on a fairly hot afternoon.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white head. Big sweet plum and raisins, oxidization and wood. Big and chewy, lots of chewy malt. Sweet and very drinkable for its size. Oxidization, big plums and caramel. Definitely a beer best in very small amounts.
jredmond (5882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a murky brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is heavy booze - some mix between bourbon and cognac, rich caramel, molasses and sweet sugary dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium and not at all harsh considering the gravity. Flavors of sweet molasses, maple, wood, spice, bourbon and light vanilla.
tom10101 (3532) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle @ The Festival. Hazy caramel color with a low beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of cognac, wood, toffee, caramel, alcohol, vanilla and fruity notes. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with cognac, wood, toffee, vanilla, caramel, fruits, alcohol and light bitterness. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Very complex. Too sweet, but it’s a 17,3% abv beer. With a little more carbonation, this could be great!