tcon25 (125) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Draft pour at brewery, absolutely amazing, one of the best beers I have ever had. Dark almost black pour, barrel aroma, such a smooth beer, I don?t have many words to describe this beer.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Badge-Whore Bowl (OSU vs AL) tasting on 01/01/2015. The beer is a hazy dark brown color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit, oak and cognac. The finish is oaky and slightly vinous with a cognac aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
after4ever (6404) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Thanks, J! What an amazing treat. Pours an opaque near-black mahogany. No head or lace. No carbonation. The usual LA. Big earthy sweet tobacco-y nose with tons of juicy cognac and brandy sparkling on the nose. Sticky thick flat body. Holds your lips together if you let it sit on ’em. The mid-palate rolls through every flavor you can think of in a barleywine, from leather and tobacco through peat and earth through roasty caramel, raisins, toffee, juicy vinous berries, vanilla, and oak. It’s hugely complex but infinitely subtle and harmonious at the same time--unveils itself at whatever pace you want to taste into it, showing the different surfaces of the flavor profile like an origami. Wonderful beer.
Beerman6686 (4874) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a murky ruby red to brown with a non existant head. Aroma was of figs, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee and chocolate. Flavor was nice blend of dark fruits, deep caramel, chocolate and barrel, like an even bigger angels share. Pretty good, just under carbed of course.
artmcd8 (1927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark reddish brown with no head at all. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, plums, raisins. Taste is on the sweet side with a slight alcohol kick. No carb at all makes it feel thinner than it should.
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with essentially no head. Big dark fruits, slighty oxidized, brandy, caramelized sugars, figs, raisins, semi-roasty, and alcoholic aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, earthy, bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and nutty. Slick mouthfeel with no carbonation. Not bad, but the lack of carbonation really hurts it.
Experiment_Ale (1070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours murky toilet water orange. Aroma is big musky fig that is pretty nice, rounded caramel syrup, burnt sugar. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, figs.
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Steve_0’s house, thanks to Stephen. Pours a murky brown appearance with little head. A bit smoky, leathery, goopy caramel, fig, dark grape aroma. Very dull carbonation. Brown sugar, dark grape, caramel, Skör / toffee flavor. Booze is somewhat smooth. Flavor is ok but the carbonation is fucked. Pretty decent.
Fritz123 (1199) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at the Funky Buddha MBCP release party. Snifter. Pours a muddy brown pour with a thin rimmed white head. No lacing. The nose is first BOOZE! Man I thought I was going to be drinking a cognac or brandy. (Well close I guess.) Vanilla, malts, and dark fruits are present but the booze and wood barrel really dominate. The same with the taste. I really get the booze and barrel overwhelmingly. The vanilla, dark breads, and nuts are also present. Some spice. Medium-full body, low carbonation. I thought it was a very novel beer.
olr1984 (1179) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle drank on new years eve. pours a dark hazy brown with zero head. Big brandy and oak aroma. taste is the same with lots of vanilla toffee cognac. great beer.