thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep copper, no real head. Nose is sweet caramel, toasty malt, brown sugar, spirit barrel, cognac. Taste of brown sugar, sweet, cognac, some alcohol but not indicative of 17%+, medium body, sweet linger.
vtafro (5907) - 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 (5863) - 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.
tiong (5842) - 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.
Nisse666 (5832) - 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
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, Batch 1, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, alcoholic/fruity and slightly woody/sweet, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!
kramer (5691) - 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.
AirForceHops (5665) - 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 (5610) - 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.
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at CPK tap takeover, London. It pours a deep dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma is lightly tangy tart red wine with loads of roasted malts cocoa and coffee. Taste is lightly tangy sour and big bold sweet vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, very very nice