bhensonb (10213) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of wine, oak and apple. Hazy ripe apricot color with no head. Starts with full mouthfeel, sweet. Light dark fruit - like plum juice rather than plum. The sweetness stays. Wood shows up after a long time. It is very good, but I am not sure that the flavors are complex - the wonderfull alcoholic sweetness gets in the way. It’s grand.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! On tap at Torst. It is hard to imagine a richer, more complex, more interesting beer than this. Actually it doesn’t seem like beer at all, it seems like a different kind of beverage that should be in its own category somehow. There is an aroma of brandy, fresh fruit, lemon, and brett. A wide range of flavors plays along the palate - brandy, lemon, lime, maple syrup, cranberry, punch - wow. It sounds like it might be a mess, but it all clicks. The only weakness is that it is a touch syrupy. This series is one of my all time favorites for sure.
Corrinado711 (67) - - 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 (858) - 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 (732) - 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 (1868) - 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 (146) - 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 (1413) - 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 (1251) - 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 (107) - 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 (1379) - 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.