LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a deep magogany with with a soapy tan ring.
Aroma: Sweet cherry pie, apples, brandy. Brown sugar.
Taste: Brown sugar, maple sugar, brandy, wood, burnt sugar. Not particularly bitter or hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Full creamy carbonation.
Overall: Magnificent. Ready to drink now, and way to easy for 13.5 % abv.
davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 07 Sept 2012 on the label. 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature. Enjoying this alongside a glass of Lairds Applejack. Huge thanks to a generous BA for this, you know who you are!
A - Bordering on clear and murky, the body is a deep vibrant red-brown color. Small one finger light khaki head forms and settles into some edging with massive bubbles. Low amount of lacing but a swirl produces some alcohol legs as well as a nice cap.
S - Huge notes of toffee, caramelized dark fruits, and brown sugar initially. Then comes the subtle notes of apple brandy. Oak and spicy apples with a long boozy finish. Complex and rich.
T - Wow. Even better than the aroma. You find all the stereotypical english barley wine notes here. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Then comes this amazing apple brandy finish. Its rich and buttery with notes of oak, vanilla, and sweet apple liquer. Complex and intricate, this seems to be the perfect barrel to compliment a barley wine.
M- Thick and coating without coming off as syrupy. The 13% abv is apparent in only a smooth and light burn on the end that only serves to compliment.
O - Iíve had King Henry, and Iíve had Abacus. This beer is my favorite compared to those two giants. Maybe its because Iím a sucker for anything stuffed in an apple brandy or Calvados barrel, but this is just amazing!
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date: October 06, 2012
Source: Beerfest, HOToberfest 2012
Appearance: muddy brown, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and brown sugar aroma
Flavor: sweet sugary flavor, brown sugar sweetness, touch of chocolate, sweet caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
joes (70) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark beige, small head on a clear, brown beer. Aroma of sweet malts, alcohol/whisky, raisins and other dried fruits. Taste of chocolate malts, toffee, a hint of licorice, raisins, dark fruit. Quite dry for this kind of beer. Good one.
erickok (3050) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
No real head, dark brown body. Raisins, wood, earthy, concentrated fruit, dak malts, even some licorice. Enormous amount of flavour, concentrated fruits, barrel aging. Some throat warmth. Awesome,really really good and fits my taste well. (At ZZT V)
Benzai (6269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 75cl bottle @ ZZT V. Hazy red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, sweetness, barrel aged clearly. Taste malts, lightly alcohol, liquor, wood, barrel aging clearly, but to me the brandy BA is very close to bourbon, though I donít know whether theyíre close, but to me itís very similar to bourbon. Anyway, itís good! Full body, medium to full carbonation. Absolutely amazing!
DutchDrebus (3368) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ZZT V. Ruby to brown colour, no head. Smells heavily sweet, wood, hazelnut, raisins. Tastes heavily sweet, lots of wood, some bourbon barrel taste, whisky, hazelnut. Full body, warming, soft carbo.
mikem409 (1457) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks matt! Pours dark brown with khaki head fads rather sudden. Bug malty sweet barrel and apple aroma. Taste is splendid medium thick sweet and booze the barrel works marvelously
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Cigar City. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is a nice burst of caramel and toffee with vanilla, some toffee, some wood, some nice brandy notes, mild booziness, and some more quaffable brandy. Flavor is a delectable balance of brandy, wood, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Medium in body and another home run from CCBís barrel program.
lhharris (25) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and the brandy comes through. Taste toffee a dark fruits and some apple. This was just awesome picked up a bottle to put away for a few months, but will be hard to keeps from drinking sooner.