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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 519   ABV: 17.3%
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1 hop, 1 malt, aged in giant freshly emptied Cognac Barrels.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s 2013 Hard Liver Fest. Colour...golden amber with a whisp of an off white head. Nose...teeming with dark fruits, esp dark cherries, Zante currants, dark raisins and Brooks prunes, as well as various fruity boiled sweets. Palate... a delicate froth starts the journey, then the bowl of tropical fruit rolls in with Turkish delight, light toffee, and the Cognac. The booze is subtle,which is remarkable as this barley wine is 17.3% abv! There’s a pause of oakiness but it does not overpower, nor does it fully interrupt the afore mentioned flavours. This barley wine is a singularly superb accomplishment and could easily become THE benchmark for barley wine!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Salmoniform (247) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy brown hue with delicate white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is huge malt, vanilla, wood, cognac, plums, cola, raisins, molasses, ethanol. Mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic with a medium full body and good carbonation. Taste is crazy complex with subdued sweetness throughout, an astringent & hop bitterness that is well balanced in the following, and a great mix of ethanol heat in the sweet finish. Overall this is an AMAZING Barleywine that is dangerously drinkable at 17.5% abv!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Aroma of raisins, plumbs and cognac. The taste is similar. The cognac is very well integrated. A little alcohol in the finish. Just a little bit to sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Festival 2013, what a treat this was. The ABV is well-hidden, excellent cognac character percolates throughout the entire beer while still allowing a really cool English barley wine to show through. Sweet but extremely drinkable for a sweet, 17% abv beer. Remarkable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Pours an orangish brown appearance with light lasting head. Aroma is full of dark grapes, caramel, toffee, and some nice tannic notes. There’s some oxidation notes in the nose and flavor but they seem to complete the alcohol in a good way. Raisin, plum, dark grape, caramel flavor. Some heat on the back end but not that bad. By far, my favorite of the festival and a real treat. Only wish I would have had a chance to get another pour.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (12754) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Wow - fantsaticly smooth, Rather high malty, sweetness, raisins, licorice, ok bitter hoppy bite, caramel, light bretty, lovely sooth wooden, dried fruits, toffee. Super...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madmitch76 (13351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
3rd May 2013
CBC. Light haze on this amber beer, no real head. Palate is soft and a little viscous. Mild minerals. Rich sweet malt. Toffee - slighly burned. Nice touches of dry wood and vanilla. Sweet cognac. All comes together in to a big old sumptuous treat of a beer. Best in fest for me! Fabulous!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2013. Really glad I got to try this one -- it was something else. Murky, muddy brown, with a tan head. Booze, caramel, some tart cherry, and gobs of brown sugar on the nose. Huge flavor that covers the 17% beautifully -- I really couldn’t believe the abv was that high. So much malt in here -- the flavor just explodes with dark fruits (overripe cherries), molasses, some seafoam candy, maybe a bit of cacao -- unreal that this much complexity came from a single malt. Huge, and very, very tasty -- I’m quite impressed!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9430) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear amber/mahogany beer with a nice beige head. Fruity aroma, toffee, caramel, cognac, prunes, dades, vinous, floral notes, raisins, brown sugar. Malty prunes flavor, lots of warming alcohol, dades, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, cognac, woody notes, vinous. Huge bodied. Vinous caramel flavor, toffee, caramel and warming alcohol. Huge beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (1473) - SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
Pours reddish amber with minimal tan head. Aroma of sweet cherry, figs, brown sugar, cask. Very sweet port flavor with light balancing bitterness, some butterscotch in there as well. Full bodied and creamy with low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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