BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours out a amber color topped with a small head. Nose is sweet toffee caramel barrel notes and some booze. Taste is more of the sweetness toffee caramel pit fruit bourbon barrel and some vanilla.
vyvvy (5858) - 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 Iíve 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!
kramer (5826) - 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 doesnít kill the malt. The flavor is thick and rich with a heavy caramel and dark fruit maltiness. Itís like liquid raisons. The barrel and alcohol are certainly there, but itís 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.
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!
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably a good beer. But not the right time. Reddish pour from 22oz bottle at Dallas pad. Butterscotch and super sweet aroma. Tastes like a pile of syrup and vodka
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
HMMMM... didnt like this one, a dryed out with brett cognac barleywine doesnt work. Gritty brett flavors fight the sweet base of the barleywine, the cognac flavors seem misplaced. Off. I think its the first miss from these guys, too bad.
Pyrmir (5527) - 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
RobertDale (5435) - 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.
Bragesnak (5394) - 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
jkwood04 (5280) - 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.