charule (1279) - 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 (709) - 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 (2229) - 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 (883) - 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 (197) - 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 (11511) - 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 (6773) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
been on my wishlist since early í09, so i thought iíd drink this before i got on a plane to asheville. .. . deep tawny .. light foam .. . barel, tons of brandy, sherry, cognac, and opaís celllar .. . quite damn hot .. rich and complex, but a but to thin to make it great .. an experience though!! .. . iíve milked cow, what have you ever done!?!
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Leighton. Brownish pour with a modest off-white head. Big roasted peanut butter. Very moreish and rich. Mild signs of oxidization. Honeyed red apple skin, grape juice. Supple rich sweet malts. Like drinking a relaxed pair of old jeans. Toasted nuts, caramelized pears. Mild tart fruits and wood to keep things interesting. Full body, rich and smooth. Very accomplished.
dfroms (348) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Garnet-colored with no head. Aroma is rich prunes, brandy, cherry, rye bread, caramel, port. Taste is sweet caramel and port, cherry, boozy heat, molasses. Some prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little too light. Hot. Aroma is the best part.