madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11th January 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, decent pale tan head. Softish palate, light, very mild carbonation. Smooth mellow dark malts with a little dark chocolate. Rich honey underneath. Very pleasant mellow brandy with a light barrel wood. Finishes semi dry. Hangs together really well, the juxtaposition of honey and brandy works very well. Touch of aniseed.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, oak, raisins, and brandy. Flavor of raisins, brandy, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, oak, and vanilla.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours an offwhite head with amber color. Aroma is sweet medium fruit-cherry, brandy, wood. Taste is sweet medium fruit-cherry, brandy, medium malt, lots of wood, herbal hops.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish in color with a finger of khaki colored head. The aroma is certainly of brandy. There is a bit of oak and vanilla in there, but not quite as much of the usual strong caramel/toffee aromas. Just sweet, really. Maybe brown sugar? The flavor is similar in that sense: very sweet. Some caramel and toffee notes, maybe some hop notes in the background. There is quite a bit of brandy flavor, though, which is nice.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy cappuccino head. The bouquet is a marriage of caramel, mocha and brandy with a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. Sweet caramel, brandy and toasted malt goodness. Not boozy or hot, but yeah, tons of great brandy flavor. Toasty, caramely, warming finish. Many thanks to biggsbowler for sharing his bomber with growler and me!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a murky amberish/brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, wood, brandy, caramel, and vanilla. Tastes of caramel, brandy, brown sugar, vanilla, and honey. Some alcohol in the finish.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, light tan head. Sweet aroma of honey, brandy, oak, raisins and dates. Sweet flavor, oak, brandy, honey, dates, figs...bad ass. Thanks to stefanje! Great brew.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with illegible date code... on any of the 4 bottles I bought from the original batch. Late 2011 is the answer. Pours with a large tan head that lasts and leaves good lace over a messy, muddy deep brown body. Oddly murky. Good overall retention. Aromas are huge on toffee, brandy, brandy, stewed/spiced apple, candied dates, musty, molasses, booze, rich wood, persimmon christmas cake, figs, tons of dark fruits, vanillin, alcohol, mild peppery, chewy and mild chocolate. Even more complex on the flavor which starts with milk chocolate, nougat, fig, dark fruits, candied dates, barrel, brandy, dry, molasses, light leather, vanillin, wood, a touch of roast, creme de casiss. Really a HUGE duration. A bit tea like. Very smooth alcohol, mild marmalade, raisins, rich brandy. Feels big, but not as full bodied as expected. Rich, warming, creamy, smooth. Not brash at all, just a very good and somewhat balanced beer. Medium tannins. More tannins as it warms. The more and I drank and it warmed the more I appreciated it. It gets better and more complex. An elegant offering from Coronado!
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber from PUB’R Vice President and Cambodian friend of mine Nunya Fuckenbizness. Pours thick and turbid ruddy muddy Carolina brown, and I see more floaties and particles dripping out of the bottle than I’d like. The head is sparse and short-lived, but laces fairly well. Nose is, <Channels former college football announcer Keith Jackson> Holy Shit, lemme tell ya ’bout the nose, Bob Griese. This one is more complex than the Wing T formation. A complex medley of spirity oak, pruney, plummy, and vinous fruit, molasses, brown sugar, port wine, and cacao. Tastes rich, very oaky, with a huge honey flavor, big citrus, cacao, brandy, brown sugar, and hops. Finishes complex ad delicious. Folks, this is as good as it gets for a barleywine. It does everything it needs to, has no deductions, and ramps up the degree of difficulty with the honey and brown sugar additions and oak brandy aging. I can find no deductions here. What a treat, what a beer, and this beer should be used as the paradigm of what I mean when I refer to the "Beer/Wine/Spirit Triple Point"...and to blow your mind further, throw Mead in there and ponder the unponderable to the point of never being discussed "Quadruple Point of Beer", a concept so revolutionary that it is beyond most people’s comprehesion. I can’t even fathom a Venn Diagram to illustrate this concept yet, but I am working feverishly on it, punks! One of the harder to acquire beers I have yet quaffed, and one of the best yet.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Poured very rich garnet-tinted brown with an easily-resuscitated smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet brandy, vanilla, aged caramel, and brown sugar first, with deeper honey and molasses not far behind.. tangy oak and peppery alcohol brightened up the edges of the nose.. large and in charge, but well-composed. The flavor opened with tangy oak and vinous notes.. dry bready, honey, and toffee support followed.. spicy brandy, warm alcohol, and dry, aged oak on the edges.. finished uber-dry with hits of floral honey and rich brandy.. lovely warm alcohol kick in the nose after the swallow.. excellent stuff! Heavier-bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. fairly syrupy feel to it, and the honey helped coat the mouth.. fantastic brew that I’d love to try again.