andrewje41 (992) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour at the Brouwers event. Pours dark brown with a dark fruit, boozy raisin aroma. Very bran flavor, and very smooth. No way this is 17%. Drinks easy. Great stuff. Love it.
phaleslu (7108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 750 ml bottle at Ei8ht Ball/The Party Source. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with virtually no head. Notes of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, oak, cake, dried berries, dates, figs, leather. A minor earthiness in the background, maybe a hint of chocolate. Good Cognac character throughout. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, rich mouthfeel. The beer drinks like itís half the listed ABV. Holy smokes. Dangerously delicious.
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle to taster. Looks good; semi-transparent hazelnut brown with khaki head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells good too; sweet and malty (but not cloying) with a nice cognac presence. Tastes like it smells with a great mouthfeel that drinks more like 8% than almost 18%. Some mild hops in there too. Very complex for the simplicity of its malt and hop bill. Excellent beer!
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Thick soupy pour thatís a murky poo brown in color with a fleeting mocha head. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee upfront with the boozy cognac bite in the finish. Huge body with a mind numbing mouthfeel. I would love to have a bottle to sit down for five years or so.....
biggsbowler (440) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - pours a dark, murky brown. very thick and syrupy. The aroma is sweet, malty, oak, and cognac. The taste is smooth, malty. Not boozy for a 17% beer. As it hits the back of my mouth, it tastes so luscious and rich. This is impressive in every way. Why canít more breweries make barleywines like this? Thank you, Anchorage!!!
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Etched glass bottle at Nickís tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of cognac, oak, dark fruit, toasted nuts, raisin and toffee. Slight alcohol in finish. Full bodied. Delicious.
Sledutah (5575) - Utah, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by some generous soul at a Portland tasting, thanks!
Clear mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and woody. Flavors of brown sugar, sweet malts, woody and leather
Nice and smooth
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong burnt sugar, caramel, oak, booze. Thick mouthfeel with very strong burnt sugar, oak, cognac, sweet finish. Hides alcohol extremely well, really enjoyed this one.
pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Once again another treat shared by cparles at Ianís. Pours mahagony with no head. There is a lot going on in this nose between the cognac, oak, fruit, chocolate, maple syrup and a nuttiness. As it opens up the cognac begins to take over a bit more and the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Full bodied, mild+ carbonation, somewhat dry at first, interesting for sure and glad I got to try this.
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, reddish tinge to it, and a nice off white head. The flavor is quite impressive and the ABV is hidden remarkably well. Sweet, dark fruit, cognac, brandy, vanilla, caramel, golden raisins, doughy, really smooth for such a big beer.