ClarkVV (4850) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle, sampled at Ball Square Fine Wines, 12/4/15.
A ruddy brown body has a tan ring of bubbles that rapidly fizzles. Clarity is moderate to moderately-high.
Bourbon, brandy, light milk chocolate and all sorts of brown sugar, vanilla, concentrated honey and other such notes. Itís much more of a Belgian nose than an American barleywine. Though itís still difficult to pinpoint exactly whatís going on here. Certainly the alcohol adds to the aroma but as the beer is going on two years old, itís much more mellow heat-wise. Smells pretty good, overall. If I was pressed, Iíd say dry milk chocolate, soft cherry/strawberry/apple esters, mild toffee and lightly spicy whiskey are the key aromatics here.
Pretty close to still, though very chewy and appropriately attenuated, with plentiful fruitiness, light caramel/toffee sweetness and nutty wood notes with just a touch of light bourbon mixing with the chocolate character. Surprisingly mellow, though maybe thatís not such a surprise given its age now.
It seems like they made a lot of the most recent batch (batch 2?, early 2014?) and have done periodic releases, as well as the De Cacao release (a portion aged on cacao nibs).
Flanfl (443) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown body, no head. Crazy aroma, lots of stuff, coffee liquor, dark toffee, wood, vanilla, sherr notes, vinous, alcohol. As many flavours, oak, dried fruits (plum), toffee, port like notes. Long warm finish that ends bitter and a bit dry. Full body, barely any carbonation.
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample at extreme beer fest, this is great, huge syrup belgian falvors without being clying. The barrel aging added many levels of flavors without adding sweetness. I was a fan.
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery - Chelsea, Boston. Pours clear, honey-amber with a few bubbles for a head; the beer is mostly flat. Rich stuff with signs of mild oxidation, toffee, bread, old wood, mellow leaves, some leathery fruits. Full bodied with soft carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Warming finish with further oxidation characteristics - leather, toffee, well-ripened fruits. Tasty and pretty interesting. But bottles of this beer are wicked expensive.
williamstome (1572) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, Big fruity aroma of apple cider and brown sugar.
Tastes like apple cider, alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a viscous dark rust color, no head. Aroma of big boozy cognac, raisin and toffee. The taste is toffee, big whiskey notes, apples, peppery notes. Medium bodied, very hot. Interesting, but needs aging.
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours deep clear brown with no head to speak of. Sherry, wheat wine, and homebrew smells on the nose. Drinks super smooth. Tastes of sweet dried fruit. Finishes with a nice warming sensation. This is closer to port than beer. Really impressive stuff.
Concealer (1038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear reddish dark brown with no head. Aromas of sherry, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is sweet caramel, sherry, light vanilla and chocolate, bourbon and wood. Full bodied, lingering sweetness.
WillRunForBeer (1814) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at Redstone Beer Fest for Cancer. Pours cloudy dark brown with no head. Smells of flowers and molasses. Starts tart, then syrupy with flavors of raisin, mineral and earth. Quite tasty and hides the alcohol fairly well.
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (shaped like some Port wine bottles) into a tulip. Pours brown with small, lacy, beige head. Aroma of grapes, some bourbon, oak and vanilla, a little spice, plus some light sour/bitterness. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A really interesting beer.