rhsiung (1160) - USA - MAY 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750-ml bottle from wlvliquors. clear reddish-brown. barley wine + sweet dark fruit, not boozy. from the label:
Barleywine style ale brewed with galaxy hops. A starting gravity of 37 plato. Aged eleven months in cognac barrels.
Faustian pleasure has consequence, of this you must know
When you go down to the crossroads, expect more than a show
Robert Johnson paid dearly, for talent and fame
His deal with the devil, left only his name
Eternal damnation, no chance for retreat
Save only Mr. Daniels’, stunning cunning fiddle feat
This devil is in the details, diabolical pacts abound
Worldly riches and pleasures, but consequences come ’round
‘Twix barley and beer, there is liquid sublime’
But this devil is in the details, with consequence in time
Thirty-seven plato, a matter of some gravity
A Galaxy of hops, only adds to depravity
Eight months in wood, of Cognac in barrel
Mephistopheles you’re not, and the devil your peril
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beerbaaron (1681) - Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch #2. Unclear muddy dark amber with quickly dissipating beige head. Complex, cohesive. Rich. Caramel, toffee, toasty, brown sugar, dark fruit, port, perfectly integrated barrel character. Not much woody, just the cognac. No perceived bitterness or hoppiness, which isn’t missed. Nimble full body. Viscous. No booze. Tips sweet. Desert in elegant beer form.
MarinEvelyn (682) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Such a rich aroma, almost too heavy and sweet for me. Taste is very rich, cocoa, bitters, liquid caramel and brown sugar awesome.
jcnielsen (2628) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour at What the Funk 2014. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Whiskey, dark fruits, boozy, vanilla, toffee aromas and flavors. I thought it was a bit boozy, but didn’t realize it was 17%, whoa!
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Rich amber with a moderate beige covering.
Nose is rich dark fruit, spice, sweet notes, fruit cake, light wood.
Taste comprises more fruit cake, sticky toffee pudding, light cognac tunes, caramel.
Full bodied, viscous feel, lightly warming alcohol in the close.
Decent barley wine, good balance, drinks well below the ABV.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at a tasting event. From notes. Boozy with caramel, oak, rasin and dark fruits.
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for cracking this. Thick, murky brownish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, toffee, lots of caramelized sugars into a bit of oak, vanilla, dark cocoa into lots of cognac, spirit notes with some brown sugar. Taste was a mix of nice cognac, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar into some toasted, nice dark grain, finishing fairly sweet, very smooth.
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I chugged this entire 750ml bottle by myself. It was flat, slightly oxidized and oh so sweet. Like, literally sugar water sweet. Cloying. Little to no hop presence. Sugary. Thick. Low to no carb.
Positives: booze is completely hidden. Probably due to the sweetness, but most likely also the cognac barrel aging factored in. This is highly chuggable, if you like it sweet. I’d probably drink it again, only because it’s so chuggable and gets you buzzed really quick.
Bacterial (2201) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber pour with a slight head. Massive toffee and vanilla nose. Super caramel taste. Heavy almost syrup. Wow, this needs to be on pancakes.
Ferris (7691) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark sugars, caramel and a touch of wood. Deep brown with a beige head. Sweet. dark sugars, caramel and a lingering sweetness and heat. Some boozy heat, but not offensive. Some berry fruit in the long finish. Easy drinking for what it is, but not worth the crazy hype in my books.