ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
December 24, 2015 - bottle purchased during my trip to Seattle in March and opened as part of my dancin’ with the devil night. Batch 2, 2014 bottle. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head that lasted a while. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit and cognac. Taste was sweet and fruity, gets to a point of almost too sugary sweet, but then the cognac comes in to balance things out. One of the smoothest and best textured beers I have ever had.
rxeight (2579) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rusty copper color. Very sweet and sugary. Candy like. Boozy but well balanced
teorn88 (6459) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at CPK tap takeover, London. It pours a deep dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma is lightly tangy tart red wine with loads of roasted malts cocoa and coffee. Taste is lightly tangy sour and big bold sweet vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, very very nice
MrTipple (3586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: intense caramel, molasses, some spices, anything sweet that comes to mind. Appearance: hazy brown, no head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: intense sweets, creamy, full bodied, molasses, toffee, some barnyard / brett, slightly toasted flavours in the finish. Overall: excellent Barley Wine, incredibly sweet, doesn’t give the ABV away. Pint at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at CPK as ’Anchorage A Deal With The Devil Barleywine’, 17.3%. Very dark purpley brown, no head at all. Looks a little imposingly boozy…and it is. Aroma is sweet toffee, some salted caramel, sherry and bovril umami. Body is quite rich, smooth and oily. Taste is sweet sugar syrup, creamy fruits, not too boozey. Actually it’s pretty drinkable for something so strong. Pretty impressive but a bit on the sweet side for my taste.
Advocate_Ames (570) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown color with a very good head. The aroma is of oak and sweet cognac. There is notes of vanilla, nutts, figs, toasted bread malts. Tasting, sweet caramel syrup, malts, soft cognac flavor, vanilla, light bitterness, and an enjoyable dark fruit presence. The body is very heavy and thick. It masks the alcohol very well too. The finish is delightful, blending the ingredients and leaves a sweet aftertaste. Overall this was outstanding for being such a big beer.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. This was a big boy for sure. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Brandy/cognac, dark fruits, nutty, wood, and vanilla. Yep, alcohol in the finish and definitely a sipper.
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
HMMMM... didnt like this one, a dryed out with brett cognac barleywine doesnt work. Gritty brett flavors fight the sweet base of the barleywine, the cognac flavors seem misplaced. Off. I think its the first miss from these guys, too bad.
ciocanelu (1321) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color with creamy beige head. Aroma fills the room with dried figs, dates and raisins. Taste is definitely on the sweet side but not cloying at all. Same dried fruits with the cognac notes underneath. Body is heavy and syrupy. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I would have never guessed it has such a high ABV. One of the best barleywines I ever had.
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, batch 1. The pour is a dark brown with some good garnet hints poking through. There is a good mocha colored head that sticks around beautifully. The aroma is great. There is a wonderful roasty male and bright molasses with a solid vanilla. The cognac sweetness is coming through awesomely on the back end. The flavor is equally excellent. Light floral hops and dark fruits are awesome. There is a decent boozy heat on the back end, but the cognac sweetness really helps cut it. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a great carbonation. This is like drinking a delicious egg nog or thin yogurt. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and fruity. Just amazing.