BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew is nothing short of fantastic....period. Huge vanilla, molasses, oak, brandy-ish. Couldíve sniffed that glass for quite a while. Flavor is more booze and a blast of dates, plums, and raisins (sweet but not cloying).....and yes the heat is there too right till the end. The warming aspect was very appropriate. Too bad I donít have more bottles of this big boy....really top-notch brew.
jcartamdg (3087) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a thin mocha head. Taste is toffee, caramel, cognac, malt. Taste is sweet, malty, cognac, vanilla and oak. Definitely a sipper, so good.
mikem409 (1982) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Color is amber solid head. Aroma of grapes and oak. Taste is thick toffee ?? with lots of barrel.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Batch 2. Deep brown, ruddy copper pour, quickly fading beige head & collar. Aroma is full of huge booze, cognac, floral notes, Apple skins, phenols, tainted caramel, anise, heavy candy sweetness. Flavor is huge caramel candy, melted toffee, anise, licorice, plum, burnt brown sugar, insanely thick mouth feel. Like melted egg nog, heavy boozy finish. Wow.
stoutnick (829) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 December batch #1 bottle. Dark brown mahogany pour. Aroma of mild spirit, alcohol, oak. Taste is mild hop bitterness and fruitiness up front, then big burnt caramel and brown sugar, mild oak, prunes and dates with a honey sweetness (almost port like). Very drinkable for the high abv. Thick and syrupy. Lovely Barleywine- sweet and delicious.
after4ever (7577) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750. Thanks, Sean! Much obliged for sure. Pours an opaque dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan head. Big barrel character on the nose for sure, tons of jammy, berried, fruity, slightly vinous quality layered over the top of toasty caramel malt, nougat, soft chocolate, and other sweet notes. Sticky thick heavy body with sluggish carb. No sign of the booze anywhere; truly a magic trick, or a feat of beer engineering, or something. Smooth and creamy--not unlike drinking a cognac that has been transformed somehow into a beer liqueur. So soft and approachable and completely without any hint of boozy sting. Long mild sweet finish.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours light brown, dark red. Smells sweet of caramel, vanilla and Candi sugar. Tastes thick with a lot of sweetness, hints of apple, molasses, a bit of peat, and almost no alcohol.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours a murky caramel brown with a thin tan head. Good lacing.
S- lots of roasted grains, vanilla and apple cider. Molasses as well.
M- medium to full syrupy and oily body.
T- so sweet and cloying. Lots of sugar cookies, vanilla maple, honey and toffee. Tootsie rolls and grains. Cognac fills the middle. Ending does dry out quickly with some minerals, grass and hoppiness.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
batch 2 bottle. thanks ww. this was a very yummy barley wine. lots of nuanced dark fruit, and cognac flavors opened up as this beer gradually warmed up in my snifter over the course of 40 mins or so. fairly rich, but not overly so, melted toffee and caramel malts. medium to thick mouthfeel. a pleasure to drink.
Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely remarkable red and brown fruit complexity with a luxurious cognac overlay that meshes perfectly. A sophisticated and delightfully mouth coating marvel that is unbelievably smooth and mellow for its 17.3% abv. Beautifully balanced from start to finish. Trade heavily for this one, or donít even flinch at the $30+ price tag, itís well worth it.