GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL shared at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a muddy, reddish mahogany. No real head. Nose is very intense Twizzlers candies, some paper. Taste is quite nice- spices, ginger, baked cherry, toffee. Rich, dense body. Calvados heat is muted, not overpowering, though hard to pinpoint as Calvados. Doesn’t come across as barrel aged except for some gained oxidation in the nose.
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours a dark brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Boozy nose with notes of malt and dark fruit. Full-bodied with a brandy character and notes of figs, malt and wood. The finish is vinous oak and bready malt, leaving a lingering ripe fruit aftertaste. Good beer overall.
Meilby (8917) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2015, Red Session, København
Pours hazy brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, vanilla, oak, alcohol, brown sugar and dried fruits. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, vanilla, oak and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
crossovert (8803) - 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.
mcberko (8670) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, sent from Elliesbrown (thanks a lot, Zack), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of various deep dark fruits, apple, a bit of brandy and caramel malts. Flavour of rich caramel malts, apple brandy, deep dark fruits and a bit of candied sugar. Very complex, with a very deep flavour profile. Sweetness is medium, with a high complexity from the apple brandy without the barrels ever taking over. Finishes on notes of apple, brandy and caramel malts. Great stuff, but perhaps not as amazing as the ratings suggests.
arminjewell (8462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thick reddish brown pour with thin tan head, aroma is big brandy, sweet sugar notes into some slight tart apple, some red fruits with cherry, hints of oak go into lots of molasses, dark sugars, hints of fig, plum in there as well, almost a dark chocolate note comes through as well. Taste is great, nice balance of big sweet cherry, vanilla, brandy, and oak notes go into a slight yeasty and earthy malt, nice dark fruits come through with a touch of cherry, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. Well done.
Scopey (8455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jack at THE others tasting. It pours cloudy deep brown with a small light tan head. The nose is dark fruit, jam, sweet over-ripe apple, blackcurrant, caramel, wood, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is toast, wood, varnish, cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, apple brandy, leather, caramel, spice, jam and nice bitter bite with a warming finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky-mouth-feel. Tasty and well-balanced.
JorisPPattyn (8280) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium yellow-tan head over muddy red-brown beer. Sharpish, rather acidic nose; fruity and alcohol. I smell Bourbon, rather than brandy, though, vanilla included. Sharp flavour, again, but here rather alcohol than acids. Sweetish, if bitterish lined beer. Many chocolate notes (both black as milkchocolate). Faint vanilla, wood, ethanol, sugar. Unspecified dark fruit. More vanilla retronasal; warming up liquorice and plums. Bit burning MF, alcoholheat. Texture is viscous, oily; obviously low carbonation however not flat at all. Rather classical sample of barrel aging. Good, but nowhere spectacular.
DrSilverworm (8151) - 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.
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014, I believe by Ferris. Dark amber, creamy off white head. Big toast and sweet bourbon aroma. Sweet apple bourbon and toffee flavours, moderately bitter. Lovely balance, deep malt structure. Superb.