Corrinado711 (80) - - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter pours a translucent deep orange with very little white head. Aroma of light, sweet brandy and malt. Taste is similar to the aroma with a very light, well balanced boozy finish with acidic fruit. Very interesting palate with a light Mouthfeel with almost no carbination. Very unique.
olr1984 (1060) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle pours a dark golden wheat with zero head very slow pour but still a lot of sediment. Sweet malt and barrel aroma. Sweet malt apple light fruit oak taste.
dfearnley (940) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle to mason jar...yep, needs must and plastic cup just wouldn’t do.
Oak, caramel, lactose, brandy, and apple.
Beautiful clear deep red with a thin creamy white head.
Full on brandy, caramel, lactose, and orange.
I must say, it’s a little thin, but slick, oily, and incredibly well balanced for an 11.5% barley wine. Congratulations on an amazing beer.
Ferris (3890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2003 - Prunes, cherry, brown sugar, vinous and oak. Very clear maroon with a thin beige head. Tons of brown sugar, raisin, touch of oak and alcohol. Finish is boozey with some dark fruit again. Held up well for its age.
matty (187) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz. bottle. Pours a muddy brown color with plenty of sediment. No head. Aroma of toffee, earthy notes, wood, reminiscent of sherry, and some sour wine. Lighter in body with a thick, sticky mouth feel. Taste of wood, sweet malt, brandy/sherry with some warming alcohol in the finish. Good ale, but will take some time to finish.
ContemplateBeer (1529) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle; thanks to my friend Isaac Fox for this unexpected treat! Aroma: No question about the Calvados (apple brandy) presence here; it’s the prevalent theme no doubt. Otherwise, there’s some toffee/ nougat, oak and tobacco. Appearance: Hazy tinted copper/amber pour with a light ring of white head. Flavor: Really nicely balanced between the Calvados and the base beer; a little sweeter than Calvados, but still rather nice. Could have used a couple more years, but very good now as well. Palate: Light body, slick texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Nicely done treatment, an improvement on the base beer IMO.
BOSSbrewer (1592) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. 2011 version. Really nice. Pours golden with no head. Very sweet. Almost sherry like. Just wonderful.
Dr_MedievAle (164) - Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed in 2010. Appearance: dark apple juice. Creamy off white head. Aroma: milk chocolate, caramel/candied apple, oak and calvados/whiskey. Quite an amazing aroma, actually. Taste:sweet chocolate and sweet apple. No balance. Palate: thin, little carb. Finishes dry with a stale bread aftertaste.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
translucent dark copper with a thin beige head and minimal effervescence. full body, but with enough alcohol to cut it, and low carbonation.
aroma: lots of brown malt, a bit of roasted malt, burnt wood, smooth alcohol. no hop or yeast character.
flavor: raw russet potato skins, bread crust, apple brandy, warming alcohol, woody tannins.
wonderful calvados character, but certain aspects of the beer are unpleasant. it is unique and has a "picturesque" character that takes my mind to far-away countrysides i wish i could visit.
kermis (4938) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sampled at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont. Pours hazy orange with barely any head. Aroma of caramel, very sweet and boozy, wood, earth, raisins, toffee and alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.