Mad_Ferret (521) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany colour. Off white head. Nose is thick with boozy cognac and sherry aromas just like description says. Sticky and sweet. Taste is cognac, caramel, some fruit and nuts. If there is any chocolate there its very faint. Wait...ok itís there. It has a nice warming boozy finish. I actually enjoy it, though I haveínt been so swept away by other beers with rum/whiskey/oak etc. in them.
Linnet (937) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Copper colour, medium off-white head.
Aroma: Earthy hops, fruity, marmalade, honeylike, warming.
Flavour: Sweet warming, hoppy, malty, marmalade, canít find the cognac.
Mouthfeel: bit thin.
Total: well made, but nothing special.
thewolf (10532) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. [thank you, feldthaus]
Pours clear, light hazy orange amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and mild oaky notes. Medium carbonation, light creamy and somewhat oily mouthfeel. Flavour is rather sweet, mildly vinious, caramel, light oaky, red apples. Some cognac sweetness. Quite delicious with a good, dry finish. Sweet, but nice.
thebeertourist (4520) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours deep red copper with a smallish head. Yellow apples aroma. Well-balanced yellow apples flavours, some bitterness. Despite the nice presentation, this ended up a disappointment.
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber orange. Smells initially of cognac, though you can later pick out individual fruits -- grape and orange -- and oak. Flavor is a balance between the cognac characters in the aroma and a light tart bitterness (perhaps from the barrels and alcohol flavor). The immediate finish is of this tart character, which slowly unveils a reprise of warm cognac.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour was light ruby and copper in color with a short lasting head. Aroma was complex with with sweet oak, vinous characters, medium vanilla, and caramel biscuit notes. Carbonation was a bit high, so I decided to let mine degas just a bit. Once there, the flavors were superbly well blended and complex with oak and cognac, then moving towards the deep caramel and lightly toasted malt characters. The body of the beer is medium to light, but still sweet from the cognac and vanilla oak. Alcohol is well hidden in this brew, making it dangerously drinkable. I prefer this one over No. 1 for the better blend. Iím looking forward to No. 3.
theSlipperyPen (226) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle no. 23494 pours amber with a quickly receding off white head. Held to the light one sees a yellowing of the edges and a few golden highlights. The nose is stunted at first and requires time to breathe. I was surprised to have the bottle give out a loud pop and then a short gush as Iíve never had the same happen with any of the Vintage range. Maybe itís just a bit young and excited. Now the marmalade and the mild hops are to be found. With a bit more time the wood develops but itís a subtle aroma. In the mouth the cognac is easily discernible but well matched to the orange rind and toffee malt. Again one can trace the wood; itís there as an edge to the brandy rather than possessing any bold character of its own. As for balance, this is mostly sweet but already a bitterness has developed, which promises an improvement with aging. The mouth feel is medium to medium thick with fine carbonation. The finish turns up the wood, though this is more of a pine or cedar quality. Thereís nothing of the vanilla laden oak of some other barrel aged beers. Finally the marmalade of the nose and the palate lingers. This is a restrained, even subtle, beer. Itís certainly respectable, but a part of me wishes John Keeling wasnít so reserved about his reserve.
cgarvieuk (12170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask at GBBF 2010 ... dark copper ... sweet toffee juicy fruit malts .... soft cherry malts ... soft fruits ... low carbonation ... lots of cherry ... light brandy...nice
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2010, 3rd Aug 2010. Copper amber. Alcohol is definitely apparent. Nose has orange peel, fresh citrus characteristics. Rich flavour, lots of marmalade and caramel. Nice but a bit too fresh perhaps? Would be good to sample again in a few years.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earlís Court 03/08/2010
Sherry aroma. Golden coloured rich on the palate and very strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a bitter full malt finish.