Frank (3204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is really just a mess. It’s cloudy brown and headless aside from a few stray bubbles. It’s pretty mild in the nose, slightly fruity w/ a touch of coconut. This is thick and sticky sweet w/ a sort of pretzel-like malt character and not much else aside from raisins and some tobacco-ish oxidized malt. I am not sure why someone would want to drink this.
Holmen1 (3133) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra fat på CBC mai-13: barley wine er godterier for greie gutter, og denne er intet unntak. Brun ravfarge, klar og fin med beige skum. Så kommer aromaen opp og jeg greier ikke vente lenger. Barley wine lagret på cognacfat, ah so smooth. I toppsjiktet denne kvelden.
Steve_0 (3031) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from bottle at What the Funk!? 2014. Appearance is glowing caramel with no head - good alcohol legs. Big fig, oak, raisins, chocolatey, caramel, rich brown sugar, toffee, candi sugar, and brandy in the aroma. Smells amazing. Taste is rich plum, wood, bourbon, grapey, caramel, brown sugar, cognac, and vanilla with no signs of the high ABV. Slick mouthfeel with soft cabronation. Such a rich and beautifully executed beer. Like drinking a glass of brandy.
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the W&C Clayton. It poured a deep brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of rich malts, some oak, dark fruits, cognac and a touch of hops. The taste was of caramel, toffee, oak, cognac, raisins and other dark fruits with a lot of some booze. Awesome.
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Batch 2. Deep brown, ruddy copper pour, quickly fading beige head & collar. Aroma is full of huge booze, cognac, floral notes, Apple skins, phenols, tainted caramel, anise, heavy candy sweetness. Flavor is huge caramel candy, melted toffee, anise, licorice, plum, burnt brown sugar, insanely thick mouth feel. Like melted egg nog, heavy boozy finish. Wow.
BenH (2819) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (got you covered on this too, Mike). Dark brown with golden head. Aroma is amazing, some oxidised sherry notes, sherry, dried fruit, chocolate, dates. Taste is delightful as well, dates, raisins, sherry, tastes like Pedro Ximinez. Very sweet and alcohol well hidden. Excellent
Huhzubendah (2795) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Churchkey in D.C. Split with a few buddies.
The beer looks like a muddy cola. Brownish gray and murky with an inch of thick, khaki hued cap. Not a very nice looking beer. However, every other aspect of the beer (all of the important attributes) is fantastic.
The aroma brings the cognac front and center. Additional notes of toffee, oak, booze, leather, brown sugar. Fabulous flavor, carrying every delectable whiff of the aroma into the taste. Rich and smooth. Delicate on the palate with a gentle, silky finish. 17.3% abv?!? Dangerously drinkable. Teeming with flavor, this is a beer to sip and savor. A top notch example of the style. I’d love to have this again sometime.
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Thick soupy pour that’s a murky poo brown in color with a fleeting mocha head. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee upfront with the boozy cognac bite in the finish. Huge body with a mind numbing mouthfeel. I would love to have a bottle to sit down for five years or so.....
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL capped bottle shared by further. Ruby brown color small head. Lots of beige lacing. Big caramel and burnt sugars malt aroma, alcohol present but not rubbing alcohol. Strong but not too strong. Flavor lots of raisin, again big malts like aroma very sweet biscuit crust. Very sweet finish but not off putting. I was going in ready to hate but I was very surprised. Sweet thick mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
GenDV138 (2659) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Batch 1, December 2013) shared at ChurchKey. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of cognac, caramel, toffee. Tasting notes of caramel, light cognac, toffee, maybe some candied fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel. Very smooth for 17% ABV!