vtafro (4828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour that I brought. Brown pour with tan head. Super sweet, malt and dark aromas. Sweet malt, oak, I guess cognac tones. Very smooth, no ABV in sight.
drfabulous (4799) - 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.
jkwood04 (4769) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle at Split thy Skull barley wine fest. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of toffee, bourbon and oak and vanilla, light bitterness, some caramel and sweet malts, and some faint notes of alcohol. Flavor the same with a really nice blend of the beer and barrel and hidden alcohol. Smooth, thicker texture. A really cool barley wine.
tiong (4734) - 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.
vyvvy (4661) - 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!
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mikkeller Bar, San Fran. Ruby color with some soft Carbonation, no head. Aroma is layers of thick dark fruits with a strong note of cognac underneath. Holy hell the mouthfeel is sticky sweet with the cognac being a lingering element. Very low alcohol in the flavor, extremely smooth and only a light warming sensation after the sip. Warming alcohol on the tongue after the sip is gone. Really like drinking a nicely aged brandy. Would cellar very well
Iphonephan (4444) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at ChurchKey. Pours a clear cola brown with a scant off white head. Aroma of caramel and fruitcake. Flavors of candied fruit soaked in cognac. Smooth and boozy finish. Nice.
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Very sweet, too much so for me.
Pyrmir (4228) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @CBC13. Dark amber with small head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, alcohol and cognac. Flavor very sweet, malt, dried fruit, caramel, honey, wood and alcohol
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.