BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells sweet and brown sugar. Nothing like Iíve had before. Kind of smokey, brown sugar, rich, and sort of dark chocolate taste. Medium carbonation and takes some time to put this one down. Interesting but not my favorite.
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Holy hell!! This yearís comes in at a whopping 12.8% and somehow manages to be smoother and to show less alcohol than the 10.1% Silva Stout (also a great beer). This beer is a near prefect marriage of brandy and barleywine. Aroma is as good as it gets...toffee, slight earthy hops, hefty dose of brandy, caramel. Taste is similar but I kept going back to stick my nose in the glass. Probably the 3rd best BW (and best brandy) Iíve ever had, behind only King Henry and Abacus. Amazingly smooth and deeeelicious."
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
September 8th, 2012 - My day out at Green Flash - celebrating with that inopportunely named corn hole game and oversized Jenga - came to a close with the heaviest weight fighter there: Sleepiní with Shaggy. I STILL donít know why itís called that (and Iíd love to know) but itís a powerful brew. Even after a full day of broiling in the sun and tasting a whole slew of brews, I get all the regular mainstays of barley wines, including heavy notes of dark fruits like figs, as well as brown sugar, molasses and booze. More curiously, I pick up scents of the sea, sautťed scallops, spinach and sherry. Maybe my nose is friend, but whatever I am or am not smelling, I kind of like it. The taste is sweet at first, and then a little savory. Cinnamon, alcohol and honey splash on the tongue first, followed by the distinctive, deep honey taste of bourbon. After so many beers itís a good thing this one has a little sinew behind it, as it makes a fine cap to a good festivalís day of drinking.
PotjeBier (1694) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with richiesd, big thanks! Bottled 12/18/12. 12.8%. Dark brown color with a reddish hue, somewhat cloudy. Light beige head. Aromaís of (apple-)brandy, cognac, raisin, toffee, a bit umami. Retronasal thereís alcohol, apple brandy, caramel. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, fruity, alcohol, toffee. Rather strong alcohol feel. Medium bodied. Finishes with some toasted wood, fruity, light bitter. Not overdone, rather good!
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Lightly hazed, dark copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is of caramel with a light splash of brandy. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor supplies the caramel and brandy promised by the bouquet. Not exceedingly sweet or boozy. Well-blended and very enjoyable. Thanks to richiesd for supplying the bottle!
cpetrone84 (1380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brown with red edges and bubbly beige head. Nose is strong whiskey and wood, light sweet berry malt. Taste is heavy wood, light vanilla and whiskey. A bit of malt balance but the malt profile takes a back seat. Chocolate, a hint chalky, faint malt sweetness. Body is thick, strong carbonation to balance a big body.
BuckeyeBoy (2720) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle thanks to Darrell. Pours out a ruby amber topped with a sand head. Nose is caramel sweetness pit fruit wood and some hop notes. Taste is as the nose sweet caramel nice rich malts and a good bitterness on the end a very tasty one.
arminjewell (6176) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at GABF, dark brownish red pour with off white head, aroma brought big bourbon, oak, vanilla, into slight earth, spice notes, nice thick caramel, toffee and dark sugary malts, hints of dark fruit in there as well. Taste is a mix of bourbon, oak, slight spice into sweet toffee, dark fruits, slight vanilla, finishing with a hint of grass and spice, though still sweet.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL at SDBW kickoff. Pours a clear, deep red. Excellent foam. Nose is mild savory meat, heavy vanilla, spicy tamarind, hoppy/india red ale or Sierra Nevada style barleywine. Taste is spicy imperial red ale style, dense cake, big vanilla. Sharp, hoppy, balanced palate. Well done.
bytemesis (3157) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with thanks to cocoapuph! Pours clear deep ruby hazel with a large tan head that dissipates slowly, eventually leaving nice lacing. Aroma is molasses, caramel, toffee, figs, brandy. Flavor is sweet, some woody astringence that fades as the beer breathes. Light body, a bit fizzy in the mouth. Fairly hot from the ABV.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark, dark red with a huge off white head.
Smell incredibly strong brandy and rum soaked raisins. It smells like a spirit.
Taste boozy, sweet rum, cake, and fig. Lots of heat. Chewy. Bit of molasses on the tail, fair amount of burn.
Body more carbonated than Iíd like. Full
You can tell there was a lot of barrel to this.