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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 519   ABV: 17.3%
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1 hop, 1 malt, aged in giant freshly emptied Cognac Barrels.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, huge thanks to BenH. Pours dark brown, nose is reminiscent of PX, dates, bready, raisins, caramel, taste is rich caramel, sherry fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1242) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Darkest brown, opaque and murky with a heavy small ringed tan head. Big fresh wholemeal soaked in booze. Rich, scraping the mixing bowl treacley sweet. Dessert wine edge with a roasty malt burn. Very sticky. Finishes sweet and cumbersome brandy buzz. For a barely wine it’s rich with the same burn you’d expect.

Bottle, Fancy Al Fresco Tasting, Cheers BenH

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (2387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle (got you covered on this too, Mike). Dark brown with golden head. Aroma is amazing, some oxidised sherry notes, sherry, dried fruit, chocolate, dates. Taste is delightful as well, dates, raisins, sherry, tastes like Pedro Ximinez. Very sweet and alcohol well hidden. Excellent

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7075) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle, BenH. It pours deep brown with a tiny white head. The nose is rich, wood, vinous, brandy, cognac, stewed raisin, malt loaf, dirt, toffee, burnt cake and earth. The taste is rich, oily, brown bread, malt loaf, crystal, earth, burnt cake, screen, warming brandy booze, umami action and other stuff. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Big malt loaf action. Too sweet for the likes of me.... But enjoyable in small scoof measures.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14708) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at home... Deep black... No head... Dark sweet fruits.... Soft sweet licorice nose soft fruits... Soft sweet toffee fruit... Soft malts... Juicy roast... Light toffee malts

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leveejr (108) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at city beer. Batch 1. Pours a dark brownish color with minimal head. Slight soy sauce on the nose with subtle caramel. Taste is big maltiness with a cherry flavor. No oxidation on taste. Phenomenal sweetness balanced with a nice boozy heat. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel. Overall excellent beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homer321 (1969) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle at City Beer. Nose is a strong malty, boozy, vanilla combo. Very much reminds me of Thomas Hardy. Seems to be a bit oxidized with a vinous character. Like fruit roll ups sort of. Pour is a murky brown. Minimal off white head. Taste is straight amaze-balls! A moderate vanilla and cream character up front. Strong fruitiness after that. A lot of cherry. Just a wonderful malt, bready taste rounded off with a sticky sweet character. Oxidation doesn’t really come across on the palate. Medium mouthfeel but a bit low of carbonation. Not flat but close. Just a light his when the cork came out. Leaves a sticky sweetness on the lips. Definitely a bit of boost in the finish. A light warming in the ears, but doesn’t seem 17%. Well made on that aspect. A wonderful delight.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4882) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-697) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy reddish brown beer, small aery beige head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Alcohol, bit sourish, vinous, sour apples, earthy, red sour berries (red currants), caramel, bit sugary, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, full body, syrupy texture. Taste: pretty sweet, sugary, syrup, caramel, very fruity, some cherry and raspberry jam, lots of alcohol, sour notes, bit spicy, chilies or the alcohol burning? Aftertaste: more burning, pretty hot, alcoholic, sugary, some vanilla, sourish, lemon juice, cooked fruits, jam, alcohol punch.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersighted (110) - - JUL 14, 2014
With a sweet nose, this cognac barrel aged Barleywine is loaded with sweet toffee and rich dates. This boozy friend will treat you well all night then take you home.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMMillsy (1435) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Corked and caged Batch 1 (Dec 2013) bottle from Tipples poured on 7-12-14. Pours a mahogany brown color with some purple--and it pours very viscous looking-and a big light brownish yellow head. The aroma is magnificent coming off this thing and you can smell it across the room. Big dark fruits, figs, oak, molasses, brown sugar, coconut, maybe some vanilla, yum. Flavor is huge sweet brown sugar, figs, cognac, lots of chewey oak, leather, more brown sugar. Good lord it is sweet and intense. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and very little boozy alcohol heat presence. Chewy and thick mouthfeel with low but still present carbonation. What a treat this is. Worth every bit of hype and one of the best Barleywines I have ever had.


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