Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was this really 15.2 percent? Pours a surprisingly moderately carbonated mahogany pour with tan head. Aroma is sherry, oak, caramel, toast, and nuts. Taste is sweet up front with a drying finish. Just amazingly good and far exceeded expectations.
kraddel (3454) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Barely Legal Tasting Room . 2011 edition .
Pours dark brown, with a copper shine .
Smell is intense brandy and wood .
Taste is honey, vanilla, brandy , dry , bit sweet, walnuts . Dry ( from the wood ) Bit of portorization . Easy drinkable . Shocked by the ABV , expected like 8 ...
Very nice ! but dangerous ...
vtafro (3563) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with no head. Very sweet, some brandy, oak and malty aromas. Very sweet malt, vanilla, oak and brandy flavors.
charule (1155) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Binnys. Poured dirty brown with light tan head. Aroma boozy oak sweet gentle brandy candy. Light carb med bod. Very nice balanced sweet brandy taste with brown sugar char.
kbudd19 (645) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Thick muddy brown pour, with light brown creamy head. Aroma is butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, very rich and enticing. Taste is, medium mouthfeel, oak, followed by sticky caramel sweetness, with a smooth finish and no real trace from the booze. A real good sipper.
Ktwse (2082) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown with no head. Aroma of dates, prunes, figs, raisins, muscovado, brandy and port barrel. Pretty much any sweet dried fruit you can imagine and some booze with that... Taste is mellow sweet, boozy, dark dried fruit, barrels, lingering sweet finish. Medium full, creamy body with a fair bit of carbonation to smoothen it all out a bit. I think some of the carbonation is a result of the aging, and itís definitely doing the beer good! Very warming, though, and very boozy.
beertholomeus (823) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brown color with off white head. Oak, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, brandy and soy sauce aroma. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, soy sauce, oak, brandy, malt and booze flavors. Full body and mild carbonation. Oak, chocolate, vanilla and booze finish.
Dr_MedievAle (185) - Alabama, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma: plum, caramel, apricot. appearance: dark amber pour with off-white minimal head. very little retention. lively carb bubbles, though. taste: medium sweet and salty caramel sauce, plums, and cola flavors dance lightly with bitter and charred oak. ends on a spicy alcohol note. palate: medium body, creamy texture with refreshingly live carbonation
good stuff, but the barrel integration is nowhere near that which we see in bourbon county brand barley wine. but, hey, not everyone can be jordan; some have to settle with being lebron.
bhensonb (11248) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from ReedM. Thanks a bunch. Pours dark brown with a transient tan head. Aroma is brandy with brown sugar. Full bodied. Itís very brandy, with oak and moderate treacle. Subtle oak. Extremely wonderful ale. Next time calvados barrels!!!
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a transient beige head and a marvelous treacle, brandy and brown sugar aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses that is so complex it is hard to describe. There is vanilla, celery, brandy and oak as well as some tastes I cannot identify. Kudos to North Coast.