kramer (4550) - 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 (6585) - 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 (4846) - 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 (2079) - 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!
madmitch76 (12968) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3rd May 2013
CBC. Light haze on this amber beer, no real head. Palate is soft and a little viscous. Mild minerals. Rich sweet malt. Toffee - slighly burned. Nice touches of dry wood and vanilla. Sweet cognac. All comes together in to a big old sumptuous treat of a beer. Best in fest for me! Fabulous!
anders37 (15273) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ CBC 2013. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody dark fruit and caramel aroma with hints of cognac. Sweetish malty woody spicy dark fruit and caramel flavor with hints of cognac. Has a sweetish malty spicy woody dark fruit and cognac finish.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at anchorage brewing. What’s this monster beer doing on tap at the end of the aisle of barrels?!... Pours a deep mahogany, mostly opaque, must dark brown hue... Rich toffee and caramel nose, dark fruits, raisins, molasses and a clear and present cognac barrel presence. Full and sweet, dessert-like and delectable... Flavors encompass a deep rooted toffee and caramel nougat focus that pair immediately with boozy fruit cake, dark fruit and the ilk. Barrel is smooth and cognac adds a mild sweet spirit aspect that meshes quite nicely. Full bodied, touch sticky with a lighter level of carbonation that matches naturally with the aformentioned... Really incredible all around. Excellent sipper to be enjoyed in small amounts.
Leighton (9616) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Session 1. Pours dark amber with a creamy, yellow-beige head. Nose of caramel, dates, figs and toasted bread. Big sweet flavor with moderate bitter earth, leaves, rich and nicely toasted sugars, sweet bread, raisins and other ripe berries. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish (much, much less than you would expect given the ABV) with rich, darkened sugars, some bitter burnt toast, lots of ripe fruits. Great beer. One of the festival’s best.
pentaz (830) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CBC 2013. Pours clear amber with a small off-white head.
Aroma is very sweet with toffee, caramel, raisin, toasted malt, dried fruit, nuts, prune and cognac. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium+, texture is sticky, carbonation is soft. Finishes warming but without bite. Quite enjoyable.
yespr (29415) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap. Pours clear and golden amber with a fully gone head. Aroma is spiced, phenolic and caramelish. Bitter and roasted malty, spiced and herbal. Phenolic and caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty finish.