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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 519   ABV: 17.3%
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1 hop, 1 malt, aged in giant freshly emptied Cognac Barrels.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (4893) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
Tap @ CBC2013. Slight hazy amber color, just some lacing. Cognac and raisin in the aroma, toffee, caramel. Quite sirupy. Caramel malt. Big sipper, I like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Sample @ The Festival. Pours a clear dark amber body with zero head. The nose is super malty and rich with tons of dark fruits and raisons. Some wood and booziness, but it doesn’t kill the malt. The flavor is thick and rich with a heavy caramel and dark fruit maltiness. It’s like liquid raisons. The barrel and alcohol are certainly there, but it’s surprisingly second fiddle to the malt. Not sure I would have guessed cognac in particular though. Thick and chewy body with minimal carbonation and a bit of alcohol heat on the finish. This was pretty darn drinkable for such a huge ABV, even on a fairly hot afternoon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4741) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013, Friday. Dark amber with a small head. Dried fruit, chocolate, oak, some vanilla and light alcohol. Smooth and with a long aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Rating #2500! Keg @ CBC. The pour’s deep amber with a tiny head. The nose is red apples, toffee. Rich cotton candy. Some heath bar candy. A bit of toasted nut and wood, general spices. Expressive aromas. The taste is deliciously supple and rich. Lovely thick toffee and caramel. More caramel-dipped red apples. Only mildly boozy. Nice spicy hop accents. Chestnuts. Full body, soft. Never overpowering. You’d never guess this was 17%. Overall, a fantastic beer. For me, it was the beer of the festival. I’m glad to have tried it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - MAY 27, 2014
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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4107) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
pour @ THE festival, maine. hazy dark brown with a minimal beige head, some retention. tons of caramel, some burnt, booze, dark fruitiness, woody, leather, grassy-spicy but mostly piney make their way through this cloying muddy and syrupy liquid. light carbonation, full body, cloying and boozy finish. more than ok for what it is..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ The BeerMongers... Poured deep ruby/burgundy/mahogany with a thin khaki head. Aroma of vinous distilled wine and oak with mellow fruit. So smooth and drinkable. Not too heavy on the oak or booze. Well rounded with noticeable cognac and sweetness. Nice fruitiness with toasted notes, fruity simple syrup, and a light grainy finish. Unbelievably good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (4028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013, cons 2013-05-04 Copenhagen AR: plums, rasins, English Xmas cake AP: amber sugary, no head F: fizzy, rasins, prunes, grapes


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