mcberko (5360) - 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.
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank at thirdeye11’s birthday party. Very excited to try this one.
The beer pours a brownish color. The aroma is full of brandy, with some nice caramel and toffee thrown in. The flavor is ridiculously complex. I get a lot of apple and brandy notes, as well as some brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. There is also some oak and a hint of vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very worthy beer for rating No. 3,500.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a richer hazed brownish pour, good haze, with frothy brownish deep hazy pour. Richer tannish head dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are rich brandy nose, oak and vanillla, gentle oak, spirit, apple fruit. Intial is richer oak, spirit, some carmelization. Some toasty elements, richer apple spirit, oak, vanilla. Some toast, toffee, and vanilla. Middle offers some apple, toffee, spirit. Backend is dryness, taninns. Gentle apple, oak. Finish is oak, gentle heat, firm carmelized and sweeter malt body. Vanilla, oak, the apple element firmly comes in. This wasn’t bad, less dark fruit emphasis than the regular Cognac version, a touch lighter in punch and intensity though. Solid. I probably liked this a bit more, though I’d say the Cognac was a more impressive beer, richer and more complex.
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, sweet/alcoholic and slightly woody/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Vinny, Frank, Alen and Bill. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin off white head and minor lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, caramel, sweet barley & malt, light cocoa, and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly silky. The alcohol suggested in the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste - making this beer extremely drinkable despite it’s high alcohol content. Notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, apple brandy, oak and a light spice. Very nice.
DrSilverworm (5024) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to starrdogg for opening this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. The nose carries a pretty strong aroma of apple brandy with some nice sweetness coming from that. Malty sweetness with faint fruit and caramel comes behind that. Flavor is a bit too barrel heavy, but still quite nice. A bit of booze, but not too much for a 13.5% beer.
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation hazy dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt and mild vinous. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of vinous and brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, apple chocolate and booze. Malty and caramelly flavor with boozy finish that carries a slight dryness.
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a hazy dark caramel brown color with a medium sized off colored beige head. The aroma and flavor have decadent sweet caramel, brown sugar, barrel notes, apple brandy and vanilla. Thick mouth feel and a sipper for sure. What a treat.