mathieuc (1568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot Tommy! Magnificient deep brown with a thin white head that sticks. There is a little alcohol in the aroma which must come from the apple brandy but it is pleasing and a good sign of what is to come. There is also a lot of sweetness in the aroma: brown sugar, caramel... you know the drill. Taste is full of sweets too but never cloying. There is a little alcohol burn but this only reinforce the fine spirit aura that this marvelous brew has. At times I thought this could have been labeled as an Old Ale too. Not sure how I could ever pick a winner from KRE, this, King Henry, MoaS, Cuir 100% BBA (we had them back to back on a quiet afternoon... woot!)... they were all exceptionnal in their own ways!
tom10101 (3157) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by Gillard, huge thanks! Reddish brown with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is delightful with malt, caramel, fruits and strong but not overwhelming apple brandy notes. Taste is sweet and rich but not cloying with malt, caramel, apple brandy and strong fruity notes. Medium to heavy body. Warming alcohol. Like JulienHuxley previously said, it’s quite port-like. This is the best Barley Wine and the best CCB beeer I’ve tasted so far. We drank this one and King Henry back to back and, in my opinion, Leon was way better. Great complexity and balance. A wonderful beer and a great sipper
JulienHuxley (3539) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany pour, not quite clear with off white head. Aroma is quite boozy, rich malty notes, old ale, wood, vanilla, calvados. Taste is boozy, rich caramel malt notes, warming alcohol, lightly roasty. Palate is rich and hot, not too sweet, smooth and port-like. Very nice BA barleywine.
ansjelaah (1516) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ZztV, donker bruin, niet helder, bijna geen schuim, zoet, caramel, krentjes, barrel aged, hout, drop, beetje kofgie, chocolade als nasmaak, beetje sterk
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chad’s birthday. Brown-orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is brandy, fruity, and tart. Taste is lots of brown sugar, caramel apples, booze, and spice.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Wood, brandy, dark fruits, some brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. For 13+%, well hidden.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Thanks Markwise. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Taste is sweet with some barrel notes. Some vinous notes too. Thinner bodied with some heat on the very end. Really good beer.
thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 (750ml) cloudy medium brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is so rich, sherry, raisin, caramel, date, endless complexity, vanilla. Taste of rum raisin, caramel, sherry/brandy, big barrel, amazingly delicious. Creamy finish, lasting, almost no hint of alcohol whatsoever.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy brown pour. Caramel apples, apple brandy, oak, toffee and brown sugar on the nose. Flavor rocks out with more boozy caramel apple, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, wood, and a bit of booze. Huge barrel presence here. Very nice change of pace.
Sledutah (5215) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Hazy brown with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Brown sugar, brandy and woody
Taste:Brown sugar, toasted, dark fruit and woody