Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a tasting, 5/15/15. Clear copper, thin fizzy tan head, good retention. Aroma of raisin, toffee, cherries, cognac. The taste is vanilla, toffee, cherries, booze, cognac. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild booze, Very smooth. Nice.
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a syrupy caramel brown color with very little tan head and lacing. Aroma of raisin toast, sort of a rum and caramel sweetness and some light oak and molasses. The big sweetness is the first thing you notice in the sweetness. Brown sugar and molasses. The cognac flavor creeps in but surprisingly not an overwhelming amount of booziness. I get the same raisin toast as in the aroma along with a very nice walnut flavor and some woodiness. Finishes sweet with some booziness. Mouthfeel is chewy with a big full body and low carbonation. Some very nice full and complex flavors but I couldn’t get passed the big sweetness. Some age would definitely help this accurate to my palette.
kambei70 (958) - - MAY 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 bottle. 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste from a bottle, big thanks to tmoney99 for sharing. Brown red color. Thin kind of creamy layer of head on the surface, off-white color. Few bits of loose lace. Bigger body, but not slick. Very creamy, kind of thick. Sort of chewy and velvety. Toasty bready malt, some caramel, bit of nuttiness. Kind of earthy. Cognac is evident all around, but not over powering -- perfectly in balance. Touch of fermented sweet yellow apple in the nose. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, mild bitterness. Sweet, but not cloying or overpowering like Samael’s. Pretty smooth for the high ABV. Very nice, well-done stuff overall. Been wanting to try this for a while... Met my expectation
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla, milky caramel, slightly nutty (hints of hazelnut), gets more complex as it warms. Cloudy brown color, bubbly beige head. Sugary and sweet, dates, honey, dark fruits in the background, real toffee in the finish. Complex and delightfully drinkable. Nearly cloying and warming, but no alcohol can be tasted at all. Full body, smooth and milky, slightly creamy. This is definitely a dangerous beer. It?s truly a "deal with the devil."
zebra (1775) - Illinois, 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 (1957) - 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 (812) - 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 (3205) - 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 (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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.