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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ The BeerMongers... Poured deep ruby/burgundy/mahogany with a thin khaki head. Aroma of vinous distilled wine and oak with mellow fruit. So smooth and drinkable. Not too heavy on the oak or booze. Well rounded with noticeable cognac and sweetness. Nice fruitiness with toasted notes, fruity simple syrup, and a light grainy finish. Unbelievably good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (976) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2014
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (290) - - MAY 5, 2014
2013 vintage in bottle at Church Key. Thanks yourefragile! Pours a still, deep hazy opaque brown. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, wet tobacco, dark fruits, and cognac. Flavor is world-class: cognac upfront with fig, plum, cacao, all inside an amazingly viscous mouthfeel. I was reminded of Melange 3, amazing. Alcohol is well masked.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2014
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Brown pour, reddish tinge to it, and a nice off white head. The flavor is quite impressive and the ABV is hidden remarkably well. Sweet, dark fruit, cognac, brandy, vanilla, caramel, golden raisins, doughy, really smooth for such a big beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle shared by some generous soul at a Portland tasting, thanks! Clear mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and woody. Flavors of brown sugar, sweet malts, woody and leather
Nice and smooth

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3611) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013

Pours dark reddish with a tiny head. Aroma of tart notes, hints of wood, oak and malts. Taste is smooth, malty and wooden with hints of syrup, oak, cognac and vanilla. Finish is malty and warming with loads of wooden oak notes, hints of tartness. Nice, quite balanced and tasty barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
CBC. Hazy brown witha lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 030513

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11101) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
Tap @ CBC 2013.
Pours lovely chestnut brown with a small, creamy film head. Aroma is sweet, nutty, toasted, vinious, port, oak, raisins and plums. Low carbonation, lovely dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, light sticky caramel, oak, sherry, plums, apples. Warming but never sharp. Exqusite balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Session 1. Pours dark amber with a creamy, yellow-beige head. Nose of caramel, dates, figs and toasted bread. Big sweet flavor with moderate bitter earth, leaves, rich and nicely toasted sugars, sweet bread, raisins and other ripe berries. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish (much, much less than you would expect given the ABV) with rich, darkened sugars, some bitter burnt toast, lots of ripe fruits. Great beer. One of the festival’s best.


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