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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1632) - 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 (9533) - 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. Thereís 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (3970) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong burnt sugar, caramel, oak, booze. Thick mouthfeel with very strong burnt sugar, oak, cognac, sweet finish. Hides alcohol extremely well, really enjoyed this one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2507) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Thick soupy pour thatís 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.....

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersighted (125) - - JUL 14, 2014
With a sweet nose, this cognac barrel aged Barleywine is loaded with sweet toffee and rich dates. This boozy friend will treat you well all night then take you home.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (4008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craigís, huge thanks to BenH. Pours dark brown, nose is reminiscent of PX, dates, bready, raisins, caramel, taste is rich caramel, sherry fruits.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (13895) - 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 (16335) - , 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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewje41 (783) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle pour at the Brouwers event. Pours dark brown with a dark fruit, boozy raisin aroma. Very bran flavor, and very smooth. No way this is 17%. Drinks easy. Great stuff. Love it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prufrockstar (1209) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Huge thanks Matt for buying the bottle over my objections / requests to split it. I owe you. Dark brown clear pour. Beautiful. Cognac, caramelized brown sugar gone so far that itís almost burnt; dark brown sugar, toffee, figs, plum, so much dark caramelized sweet goodness. Like you know what I want and donít give a damn about subtlety. So here we are, in the mikkeller sour room, taking an impromptu tour back to where the kegs and bottles and cold rooms are because beer people are fucking good people (shout out to John, the bartender, and Matt again, the friend/bottle purchaser), and how fucking objective can I even be about a great intense fucking monster of a beer amidst so much a coolness of experience? Some day, I may find myself in possession of a bottle of this (ha) and some day I may put blinders on and try to objectively forget this prior experience, and maybe then id say some bullshit about this being okay and strong and hot and boozy and blah blah blah. But tonight, this is awesome. Fucking awesome. Big and sweet and rich as fuck, but thatís what I expected, thatís what I wanted -- a larger than life beer for just the right night.


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