hopeye101 (44) - Draughthouse, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a couple of samples at the Extreme Beer Fest.
Poured from a pitcher with little apparent head.
Appearance is a dark, dark brown, almost black, not quite.
Aroma was oak ,vanilla, some caramel notes also.
Taste was very complex. The oak was not as prominent as in the smell. It blended well with the malt and hop flavors to bring out a wonderful array of tastes. Raisin, carmel, vanilla, woody oak fantastic.
The alcohol was well hidden and not noticeable at all until it warmed the gullet.
Mouthfeel was silky smooth. A little more carbonation would’ve made it a 5.
Drinkability - excellent. I hit the booth a couple times for this.
Definitely one of my favorites. This makes me weak in the knees every time I taste this.
Serving type: on-tap
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unique and unique, for a barley wine. Combo of barley wine and Belgian strong. Wine like flavor if elderberries. Hops of earthy English barley wine. Some oak and cigar box in there. Well balance with all the unique flavors.
Criz (177) - - APR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome barrel aged beer. Raisin, date, vanilla aromas. Review from memory.
MrFecesious (1191) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at neighborhood. Pours a diseased black blood brown. Unreal aroma of brandy, wood, vanilla, caramel / maple, plum. Taste is sweet. Palate is chewy, sticky, soft. I'd turn into a cannibal if a person were marinated in this.
snoworsummer (2959) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Barrel Republic. Pours murky brown with a thin, off white head. Tastes like smooth strong alcohol, lightly astringent, very strong raisin, dried dark fruits, earthy malt, light licorice. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins, booze, astringent, dark fruits, woody.
721Lance (72) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2009 bottle, big brandy wine aroma with some intense fruity and dark oak nose. Flavor of sweet alcohol heat and plenty of different malts. Nit too bad on carbonation considering. Definitely for the angels.
Valgreen (732) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Fermentoren. Slightly hazy, oily brown. lots of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, in both taste and aroma.
Stuu666 (5611) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is oak, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, taste is similar, dark fruit, rich and boozy.
connor0415 (47) - - MAR 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured a muddy dark brown with little bit of head and lots of lacing. Lots of vanilla and caramel, lots of brandy barrel but well balanced. Overall it was an awesome beer, the barrel aging was done perfectly and the 14% abv was well hidden
ElCapitan22 (203) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At almost 15% we don’t expect any lacing or head retention, and we get none. Smells like brandy, butterscotch and raisins. Tastes identical to that with a buttery, rich finish. A nice winter beer but not one that you have several of.
cobaink2 (150) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brandy brarrel version. Love the raisens and oak that really steer This beer. Lots of burnt cInnamon as well. Comparing this to the burbon barrel. The burbon may be my favorite of the two. The burbon may be a bit more smooth.