Steasy66 (847) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black, little tan head. Sweet and boozy aroma, bit of toffee. Taste is quite sweet, some brandy/wine-like qualities. Thick with low carbonation. The beer improves as it sit/warms. Big fig and dark fruit flavors appear. Very good beer, would love to try it in a year.
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with a small off-white head. Interesting nose to this. Tons of banana, brandy, and vanilla. A heavy dose of brown sugar, lots of alcohol, some toast, and a bit of wood. The flavor is a bit harsh and boozy. Lots of brandy, some wood, vanilla, and sweet malt. A mild bitterness, some burnt sugar, toffee, and hints of dark fruit. Could use a bit of balance and less alcohol.
PhillyCraft (3142) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from James. Church on a Hill in brandy barrels. Poured a murk brown color with off white small head. Medium carbonation. Aroma of caramel, toffee, booze, licorice, anise, and malt. Taste is creamy layers of rich apple brandy, figs, toffee, biscuit, vanilla, and light cocoa. For 13.5 this thing is scary, Drank a couple 3 oz pours or so and felt it creep on me in the body but nothing in the taste. Perfect amount of sweetness in this barley. I enjoyed this one alot, even more so then the barrel aged church on a hill.
crossovert (6988) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brandy hit on this.one. sweet and alcoholic apple melds with the alcoholic barleywine adding caramel malt sweetness.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky to have split this CCB brew with J. Morey. Thanks so much.
Poured a Dark brown, almost black with no light shining through at all. Slight foamy tan head, that dissipated to a frothy ring around the edge of the glass while sipping. Smells of brown sugar, toffee and the brandy comes through. Taste is much of the same, but with an amazing warmth in my chest after just my first sip. Burnt sugar, toffee, and dark fruit really broke through after it warmed. This was a Great English Style Barleywine. Non of that sticky resinous Hop feel, like some if its American BarleyWine Brethren.
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to JTMiller03 for this one. Loads of tropical fruit, caramel and roasted malt in nose. Viscous and coating mouth. Notes of traditional barleywine flavors up front, molasses, cereal grain, caramel and nutty booze followed by sweet apple, booze and guava. Really amazing stuff.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by my good friend Dosbeerigos, thanks again brotha! Been itching to try this one and Iím glad it didnít take all that long to finally taste it. Aroma has just so much awesome flavors going on: vanilla, woody characters, slight brown sugar, not overly boozy and surprisingly easily drinkable. One of the best beers of the night!
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 October 19, 2012 tap from the brewery. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Aroma was alcohol and sweet caramel. Taste was the same with some wood and a touch of spice in the finish. Smooth, creamy and medium to thick bodied. Really should have ordered another one of these.
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter at CC brewery: pours a thin, muddy brown. Some caramel light lacing. Little head. The Aroma is amazing here. A blend of sweet dark fruits, caramel and slight alcohol. Drinks with a slight alcohol burn and flavor. Something pleasant here, but overpowered with alcohol in an unblanced way for me. The after taste even more so. Compared to the Church on the Hillís, a slight difapointment for me. Glad I tried it, but dont want it again.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, thick caramel color with light lacing. Vanilla, cocoa and caramel on the nose. Palate is rich and smooth with vanilla, caramel and brown sugar flavors...very smooth considering the abv. FInish goes on forever. Damn Good.