DesertDevil (620) - Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750-ml bottle. Very sweet aroma of fresh brandy, cloying caramel, hot booze, and a surprising touch of vinegar. Semi-cloudy deep copper in color. Super sweet taste of rich brandy, decadent toffee, burnt sugar, cinnamon, pie dough, raisin, and Tootsie Roll with a minor acetone flavor. Sticky texture; hot, sweet finish. An interesting Anni variant but the brandy is still a bit too sweet for my tastes.
ineedbeer (1038) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a Sucre.
Aroma is fairly malty with quite a bit of spicy wood notes. Some raisin and dark fruit. A nice spiciness to it and a lot of wood.
Pours brown with a bit of a rediish hue and a moderately sized, tan head with moderate thickness. Head shows good retention as it recedes to a thin film, thicker on the edges.
Flavor is fairly sweet with a lot of raisin. Quite a bit of oak and tannins. Fruit and oak tannins add a touch of acidity, but not in a tart way. Moderate bitterness and a bit of alcohol warmth. Moderate dark fruit notes.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really interesting variant. The Portuguese Brandy character is very odd but works pretty well. Kind of briney and not as fruity as expected.
swoopjones (6709) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Crabbapple bottle tasting. caramel colored pour, fuller body, caramel toffee forward, dark fruits, raisins, vanilla. Brandy is pretty aggressive. boozy, rich, adds more vanilla, sweetness & booze. very nice
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong brandy, wood, raisin. Medium mouthfeel with strong brandy, dark fruit, brown sugar with lingering dryness. Very impressive.
Rando7 (771) - Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours medium murky brown with one finger tan head. Aroma mainly the Sucre old ale with caramel. taste sweet caramel/toffee with brandy, some mustiness and vanilla. Thick palate. Finish mainly the caramel and brandy, slight oak. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Fairly sweet with the brandy and caramel.
brokensail (12367) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Sucreversary. Cloudy amber pour with a small off-white head. Tart raisin and brandy on the nose. Lots of grape, caramel, plum, and vanilla. Slight vanilla and maple. As always, lots of sweetness to this. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, and raisin. Some tart raisin, plum, and grape. Decent amount of brandy, some booze, and vanilla sweetness. Light oak on the back end.