mathieuc (276) - Quťbec, Quebec, - 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!
50belair (1330) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Tony. Brown pour with a tan head. Apple brandy nose. Sweet and boozy with loads of rich caramel malts, dark fruits, and brandy. The body seems a little thinner in this variant. Good mouthfeel and balance.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5 ounce pour on tap at Dark Lord Day. Aroma of smoked walnuts dipped in rye whiskey, boozed-up caramel corn. Appearance is black tint, oily, moderate viscosity, brown head. Taste includes sweet fruit, alcohol, wood-aged dimensions if depth, soothingly complex with deep flavors you can pick off one at a time: vanilla, oak, barley, caramel, and coffee. Palate is medium bodied and balanced. Overall: good not excellent.
beerbaaron (377) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Dark brown/walnut. Small brown ring of foam. Motor oil slick. Dark fruity, sugary, sweet, alcohol/brandy/aged, wood. Clean and smooth. Slightly syrupy. Fantastic sipper.
MikeJslc (469) - Utah, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, hazy, beige head. Huge chewy beer with toffee, brown sugar, bread crusts, raisins, licorice, tobacco, oak, brandy. Lots going on here. Great beer.
DrSilverworm (2705) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, bottled 9/7/12. Shared with the local group. Hazy brown, slightly amber-red color. Thin khaki head. Good spread of dotty lace. Big complex aroma. Caramel, wood, lightly spice, light bright fruit notes. Awesome creamy smooth texture, light carbonation. Not hot at all. Flavor carries the alcohol. Minimal warmth, just a hint of a bite in the finish. Sweeter taste, lightly spicy, pretty rich and decadent, though. Great barley wine.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of brandy, figs, dates, oak, brown sugar, caramel, and white raisins. Flavor of brandy, pralines, dates, pecans, toasted and caramel malts, and brown sugar. The flavor hits mostly the same notes but is toned down from the nose. Medium-bodied, with a malty, boozy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation. Really good barley wine. Iím going to homer this one up like Iím from Florida.
b3shine (2232) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a cloudy brown with thin light beige head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells good too; sweet malt, vanilla, and brandy. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel thatís exceptionally smooth. Incredible!
Dunt (214) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Baron, thanks for the tick! Pours a murky brown in color with a soapy ring of head. Nose is boozy apple brandy with some notes of butter. There is also a decent amount of toffee and biscuit malt. Taste is very smooth, very light booze, light apple brandy, raisin, and rich malt. Moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation, no booze heat, and a moderate finish. Itís a nice beer, but I think itís slightly overrated. We had it side by side with King Henry and Cognac Church and Leon was the worst of the 3.
jtclockwork (5097) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with many thanks to a generous Floridian. Pours reddish dark brown with tan brown head ring. Nose and taste of sweet cordial apple brandy, caramel toffee, rum raisin, plum and chocolate covered dark fruits. Elegant velvety full body. Finishes with tinge of warming alcohol.
Iphonephan (1212) - Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC during the Craft Brewers Conference. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of raisin, plum, fig and molasses with notes of vanilla and oak. Smooth finish and not too boozy.