Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Churchkey in D.C. Split with a few buddies.
The beer looks like a muddy cola. Brownish gray and murky with an inch of thick, khaki hued cap. Not a very nice looking beer. However, every other aspect of the beer (all of the important attributes) is fantastic.
The aroma brings the cognac front and center. Additional notes of toffee, oak, booze, leather, brown sugar. Fabulous flavor, carrying every delectable whiff of the aroma into the taste. Rich and smooth. Delicate on the palate with a gentle, silky finish. 17.3% abv?!? Dangerously drinkable. Teeming with flavor, this is a beer to sip and savor. A top notch example of the style. I’d love to have this again sometime.
Iphonephan (3629) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at ChurchKey. Pours a clear cola brown with a scant off white head. Aroma of caramel and fruitcake. Flavors of candied fruit soaked in cognac. Smooth and boozy finish. Nice.
RussianDragon (515) - - MAY 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage in bottle at Church Key. Thanks yourefragile! Pours a still, deep hazy opaque brown. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, wet tobacco, dark fruits, and cognac. Flavor is world-class: cognac upfront with fig, plum, cacao, all inside an amazingly viscous mouthfeel. I was reminded of Melange 3, amazing. Alcohol is well masked.
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
You have to make a deal with the devil to get an Alaska tick. Nice thick barley wine that taste decent consider the huge percentage and potential for being a boozy mess. A little too syrupy for me though. Lots of malt here, some citrus. Plenty of booze. Bottle shared by Travlr or someone at Churchkey.
radagast83 (5043) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ChurchKey. Thanks everyone! Poured a slightly cloudy brown color with an almost non-existent head. Aroma was lots of candy caramel and toffee character, congnac. Flavor is similar, very smooth - almost no alcohol burn, very impressed by this sipper - far too easy to consume though as I found myself returning to this one at least one more time without thinking about the abv implications.
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at CK, thanks to the crew of regulars including Gene, Travlr, gendev, solidfunk, etc. for sharing this shit! Not a pretty pour; cloudy walnut, minimal head. Nose and flavor, however, are righteously stupendous, with big sweet almond, caramel, New England real maple syrup, booze, and just straight yum. Hilariously reminiscent of the other upper echelon AK barleywine (Arctic Devil). Big, decently hot, but stunning.
GenDV138 (1768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Batch 1, December 2013) shared at ChurchKey. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of cognac, caramel, toffee. Tasting notes of caramel, light cognac, toffee, maybe some candied fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel. Very smooth for 17% ABV!
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour at WTF poured a clear drown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, oak, pepper, light cognac and light dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of molasses, oak, dark fruit and light pepper with a smooth dry lingering molasses finish.
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Pours an orangish brown appearance with light lasting head. Aroma is full of dark grapes, caramel, toffee, and some nice tannic notes. There’s some oxidation notes in the nose and flavor but they seem to complete the alcohol in a good way. Raisin, plum, dark grape, caramel flavor. Some heat on the back end but not that bad. By far, my favorite of the festival and a real treat. Only wish I would have had a chance to get another pour.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from bottle at What the Funk!? 2014. Appearance is glowing caramel with no head - good alcohol legs. Big fig, oak, raisins, chocolatey, caramel, rich brown sugar, toffee, candi sugar, and brandy in the aroma. Smells amazing. Taste is rich plum, wood, bourbon, grapey, caramel, brown sugar, cognac, and vanilla with no signs of the high ABV. Slick mouthfeel with soft cabronation. Such a rich and beautifully executed beer. Like drinking a glass of brandy.