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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 (1221) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggsbowler (334) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle - pours a dark, murky brown. very thick and syrupy. The aroma is sweet, malty, oak, and cognac. The taste is smooth, malty. Not boozy for a 17% beer. As it hits the back of my mouth, it tastes so luscious and rich. This is impressive in every way. Why can’t more breweries make barleywines like this? Thank you, Anchorage!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Salmoniform (832) - 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!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Poured into a wine glass at a Shelton Brothers tasting at the Wine and Cheese Place. Aroma: Very aromatic, toffee, caramel, biscuit comes out as it warms up, boozey fumes if you get close enough. Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a small amount of tan foam, head dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a nice trail of suds on the glass as you sift it. Taste: Sweet molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze; all of the flavors which were out on the nose come together for a big party. There’s so much going on from start to finish you keep discovering new flavors after numerous pulls. Palate: Full bodied, one of the thickest beers I have ever had, very chewy, a dessert in a glass. Overall: This is one of the finest barleywines I have ever had the pleasure to drink. I couldn’t quite pull out any traces of the cognac barrels but I am sure it is probably hiding in there somewhere waiting for a more experienced palate. Be careful with this one, it will sneak up on you given how smooth it is!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gEUS (1178) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Mike Morse at BBF’14 - thank you man for this real treat. My second aha-erlebnis when it comes to American barleywines; the first one was with the Midnight Sun’s M. This is one of the most balanced barley wines and barrel aged beers from the U.S.: an agreeable nose, full of raisins and sweet wine alike notes such as stewed peach and almond, besides a ton load of peach. Body is creamy and the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweet sticky rich flavours of raisins and caramel and malt.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (268) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMMillsy (1435) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Corked and caged Batch 1 (Dec 2013) bottle from Tipples poured on 7-12-14. Pours a mahogany brown color with some purple--and it pours very viscous looking-and a big light brownish yellow head. The aroma is magnificent coming off this thing and you can smell it across the room. Big dark fruits, figs, oak, molasses, brown sugar, coconut, maybe some vanilla, yum. Flavor is huge sweet brown sugar, figs, cognac, lots of chewey oak, leather, more brown sugar. Good lord it is sweet and intense. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and very little boozy alcohol heat presence. Chewy and thick mouthfeel with low but still present carbonation. What a treat this is. Worth every bit of hype and one of the best Barleywines I have ever had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (2387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1428) - 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
adnielsen (9285) - 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.


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