arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for cracking this. Thick, murky brownish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, toffee, lots of caramelized sugars into a bit of oak, vanilla, dark cocoa into lots of cognac, spirit notes with some brown sugar. Taste was a mix of nice cognac, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar into some toasted, nice dark grain, finishing fairly sweet, very smooth.
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white head. Big sweet plum and raisins, oxidization and wood. Big and chewy, lots of chewy malt. Sweet and very drinkable for its size. Oxidization, big plums and caramel. Definitely a beer best in very small amounts.
kermis (9070) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Mikkeller. Pours cloudy dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, bread, raisins, overripe dark fruits and brown sugar. Flavour is heavy sweet. Extremely thick mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Very nice, but too strong.
phaleslu (8969) - 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.
DuffMan (8822) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Beautiful deep orange brown with a thick, persistent golden head. Incredibly rich malty aroma, sponge toffee, brown bread, spicy raisins, woody undertones. Can a beer smell warm and inviting? This one invokes that feeling for sure. Big chewy malty palate, sticky but not cloying with the expected malt density that the aroma suggests. The cognac imparts a wonderful alchemy to this beer, spicy and rich without being boozy or harsh. A magnificent sipper.
olio (8742) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ CBCí13.
Pours copper color with no head. Aroma of malts, caramel and ripe fruits. Flavour of caramel malts, nuts, some ripe fruits and chocolate. Very malty and dry palate. Nice.
marcus (8606) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with almost no head and a massive treacle and cognac aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses and brown sugar flavor with lots of cognac. Complex and tasty.
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared with drsordr. Pours a murky brown color with some scant bubbles. The aroma and flavor have big sweet caramel, dark fruit, Port character, smooth, no carbonation, some woody character, though I donít get much cognac barrel, I like this but couldnít do it by myself.
djd07 (8036) - 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.
douglas88 (7962) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Bottle sample at Belmont. I got a 5 ounce or so glass. Very expensive, but a cool way to share. Pours a dark mahogany color, small ring of a white head. The aroma is big sweet malts, raisins, almost a plum pudding element, heat. The flavor is actually not very hot, sure itís crazy sweet and big, but not hot. Loads of raisins, vinous cognac but not a ton of barrel, super sweet malts, brown sugar. The flavor works well for what it is. Hell of a beast. Reminds me of some of the bigger Avery beers. Could use fifty years or so.
Had it again thanks to Jeff. Just awesome. Super smooth, huge. Bumped up from 4.0 to 4.1.