madmitch76 (16860) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Paul for this treat. Light haze on this dark brown beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Palate is softish and slightly dry. Sweetish malts carry mild chocolate. Smooth barrel induced vanilla with mellow sweetish cognac. Dried fruits before a little spice. Pretty approachable for such a big beer.
Leighton (13022) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours clear auburn with a fine, beige cream head. Rich toffee aroma, some ripe fruits, bread. Big sweet flavor, lots of brown sugar, toffee, bread, mellow leafy hops, toasty bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, more rich sugars, brown sugar, toffee, bread, figs. Awesome. Big and sweet but I wouldn’t say too much. Decadent.
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with no head. Smell is almost all barrel. Tons of brandy, oak, toffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Mild booziness and lots of dark fruits. Flavor is super sweet, brown sugar, caramel, barrel, brandy, and vanilla. A bit of dark fruit sweetness, alcohol heat, and toast.
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Very dark, almost black beer with a small beige head. Malty vinous aroma, almonds, cognac, prunes, figs, vanilla, woody, dades, milky, banana notes. Woody flavor, warming alcohol, prunes, figs, dades, caramel, banana, cognac, almonds, dry nutty notes, grapes, toffee, molasses, milky notes. Alcohol finish, almonds, vinous, prunes and figs. Very nice!
Tmoney99 (11468) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown color with an averagefrothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate, alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
Theydon_Bois (11111) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at HUGE Friday, big thanks to Paulo for this treat, 03/01/14.
Murky mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering that this to edgework and a pond.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, dark malt, fruit loaf, sweet brown bread, dark fruits.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, brown sugars, boozey tones, sweet, candied sugars, dark fruits.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light boozey twang in the finish.
Solid barley wine, a little sweet at times but generally a good all round balance.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Name: Church on a Hill
Date: November 04, 2012
Appearance: opaque dark brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and caramel aroma, fruity winey sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, vanilla brings out the richness of the chocolate
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
daknole (10009) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to ibrew2or3. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a foamy head. Aroma is loaded with whiskey notes, oak, rich toffee, raisins, port, prunes, molasses. Flavor is rich and very sweet. Boozy, caramel, plums, molasses, dark brown sugar. Wow.
hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours clear and dark brown with Longhorn-orange sparkles and a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma delivers loads of caramel, dates and fruity cognac with an afterthought of toasted oak. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor is a luxuriant swirl of caramel, cognac and toasted oak. Finishes caramely, sweet and sticky. Unlike the untreated version, this is not at all hot or boozy. That’s not a knock on Church on a Hill, it’s the simple truth. The Cognac barrel has taken what I considered a stellar English-style barleywine, sanded away the few rough edges and added both vinous and fruity layers of complexity. Awesome, world-class bottle of beer! Thanks go out to biggsbowler.
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Darkness Day 2012 shared by Armin. Thanks! Pours a dark reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Raisin/grape, somewhat vinous, dark caramel, roasty malty, a bit oaky aroma. Smooth and tasty, plum/raisin fruity, fig, a bit woody, caramel flavor. Pretty tasty stuff- would love to try again.