Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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.
Ed5388 (2197) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by dmac! Big thanks bro! Poured a dirty brown color with almost no head. Aroma of brandy, oak, lots of toffee, caramel, and booze. Taste is similar to the nose. Brandy, oak, vanilla, lots of toffee, molasses, hints of lemon zest, and a bit earthy.
dmac (4161) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle via trade. Poured a not so good looking muddy deep brown body with a smaller tight foamy beige head. Aroma is solid, notes of toffee, caramel, wood, toast, slight brandy and wood, touch of vanilla. Body is bigger, softer carbonation, chalky with a lingering aftertaste. Flavor is much lke the aroma, brandy, wood, vanilla, apple brandy, caramel, molasses, toffee and vanilla pudding. Solid beer with very well hidden ABV.
bytemesis (3439) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2012. Pours cloudy hazel, small tan head with some lacing. Aroma is malty, toffee, molasses, vanilla, brandy, apples. Flavor is fully sweet, light bitter, apple brandy prominent. Full body, rich creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
barn0216 (417) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Molasses brown, no foam. Lots of apple in the nose, malty, raisin, fig. Chocolate, ash, cherry, alcohol.
Sarlacc83 (900) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sent to me by Jim. Many thanks!
A: Dark mahogany with a thin cappuccino head.
N: Licorice, anise, toffee, biscuit, and cracker. Toast, vanilla, and alcohol. Bark and bourbon. Figs and dates. Sweet apples, butter, brown sugar, and sugary grapes.
T: Very sweet, but not cloying as Iíve found many a CCB beer to be. Touch of bitterness.
M: Very stick. Heavy body.
O: Probably the best CCB beer Iíve had, and one which I would choose out over the vaunted King Henry. Partly due to the fact KH is not a barleywine, and this is.
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong brandy, apple skin, wood. Medium mouthfeel with nice booze, apple core, oak, and nice lingering sweet finish, hides alcohol well, very impressive.
DuffMan (6974) - 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.
dfearnley (1047) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to goblet at RBAG...thanks Ferris
Aroma of candied fruit, currants, oak, bourbon, brown sugar. Muddy brown due to a bunch of particulates, nice creamy off white head. This is eminently drinkable, quite dangerous. Huge bourbon and oak, raisin, currant and candied fruit. Nice one.
kbudd19 (673) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ferris at RBAG. Dark brown muddy pour with light white head. Aroma is dark fruits, toffee, burnt sugar, very nice. Taste is rich brown sugar sweetness, light vinious notes, oak, mild bitterness, very rich, big and tasty.
Ferris (4749) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Sweet barrel and caramel with toffee notes. Cloudy brown with a brown head. Creamy dark toffee, with some pecan and barrel notes. Long woody sweet finish. Rich on the palate and smooth.