hopwine (357) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nose is dominated by brandy barrel character. Flavor brings toffee pudding, chewy caramel, Creme brûlée, oak, dried fruit. Mouthfeel is very silky and soft, it’s buttery in an oak-y and non diacetyl way.
MrHangover (2541) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, thnx to bytemesis, shared with kermis and JulienHuxely. Pours a hazy brownish beer with a small light tanned head on top. Aroma of congac, barrel characters, some vanilla, loads of caramel, molasses, cinnamon and a dark fruity presence as well. Flavor is very sweet, light boozy, lots of brandy in there, a bit spicy, big wood influences. Very much complexity in there, overall very sweet. Amazing well balanced, big woody characters, very malty. Amazing strong, full bodied beer with low carbonation. Amazing stuff
mcberko (6703) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Vintage. 375mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is gorgeous, with loads of dark fruits (prunes, dates and figs), brandy, and brown sugar. Flavour is luxurious, with complex notes of brandy, dark dried fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Quite alcoholic without any cloying sweetness or uncomfortable burn. Elegant and complex. A world class barley wine.
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep reddish/brown with a fizzy light brown head that fades fast.the aroma makes my eyes light up.i get chocolate,figs,raisins,cotton candy,alcohol,brandy,vanilla,and oak.the flavor is much of the same with some butterscotch and toffee thrown in the mix.reminds me a lot of this years angels share.
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Matt, corked bottle, vintage 2011
Brown color, small head. The aroma develops positively; it has subtle and great notes of dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, alcohol; light tobacco later; gorgeous. The alcohol is so strong that the body perception is affected; lean malt flavor, moderately sweet, some vanilla, lightly biscuity, a lot of alcohol. Good beer, too boozy though.
Ferris (4499) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Boozy and brandy, a bit of a burn and caramel. Deep copper with no head. Fig, raisin, toffee, raisin and a long sweet brown sugar. Fantastic except for the nose. Decadent and brilliant.
JulienHuxley (3272) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared by Johan at his place, thanks mate. Deep brown chestnut pour with ring of white foam. Aroma is really enticing, tons of sweet malty notes, caramel, light brandy, raisins, super complex. Taste is rich, sweet but never cloying, very well hidden alcohol, super tasty, rich caramel, toasted malt. Palate is full bodied, mouth coating, really comforting warmth. I haven’t appreciated a malty American beer this much in a while, this reminds me how much I loved old stock.
kermis (5433) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared big thanks to MrHangover. Pours dark brown with a ring beige head. Aroma of molasses, leather, raisins, tobacco, wood, overripe dark fruits, fudge and brown sugar. Flavour is heavy sweet but in a great and no way cloying way. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Awesome!
italianjohn (2351) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep Amber brown pour with a thin ring of off white head ... Aroma is of booze, raisins, brandy, oak, caramel malts, a bit nutty and roasted malts .... Taste is of brandy, oak, raisins, caramel malts, little nutty, dark berries, some warming booze and a dry bitter bite .... Finish is dry sweet and malty with a lingering brandy and oak .... Brandy really comes through in this complex brew
Ed5388 (2148) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml c&c bottle (2011) shared by dmac! Poured a clear dark brownish Amber color with almost no head. Atoma is boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, brandy, oak, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with some dark fruit note, lots of alcohol burn, and some sweet marshmallow in the aftertaste. Solid stuff