Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
Amber with small head. Aroma of caramel and fruit. Flavour with some malt and alcohol
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
czar (5339) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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..
djd07 (5285) - 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.
Beerman6686 (5151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a medium brown with basically no head. Aroma was lots of dark fruit, caramel, and light booze. Flavor was sweeter than I would like but manageable, lots of dark fruits, pruney, alcohol, not very complex though.
solidfunk (4979) - 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.
Nisse666 (4787) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
drfabulous (4618) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce pour at the Beer Trappe. Big sticky caramel toffee brown sugar barley wine that is pretty awesome at such a high abv.
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Anchorage presentation at The Wine & Cheese Place - Holy crap! I may have to come back and up my numbers.... must have again, for now going off my notes. This beer is amazing ~ never have I seen alcohol this well concealed & something over 15% be this drinkable. Pours dark brown with a small dense head. The aroma has brown sugar, soy sauce, ultra rich malt, biscuits, earthy / mustiness, toffee and molasses. The body is very heavy and rich with lots of gentle soft carbonation - not sure if I’ve had a mouthfeel that has matched the one on this for being so perfect for the style. It starts with brown sugar, caramel, earthy English yeast, toffee and sugary sweetness. The finish has a bit of alcohol warmth (no burn, nothing that feels like 17%), dates, figs, raisins and some oak. Amazing beer!
tiong (4541) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013
Pours dark reddish with a tiny head. Aroma of tart notes, hints of wood, oak and malts. Taste is smooth, malty and wooden with hints of syrup, oak, cognac and vanilla. Finish is malty and warming with loads of wooden oak notes, hints of tartness. Nice, quite balanced and tasty barley wine.