JK (6240) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2017
Dark color. Lots of caramel and sugar. Alcohol is there in the aorma and on the palate, and it is certainly one of the strongest beers I have had. Some brandy flavor as well, which works very well with the sweet barleywine. Rich and heavy palate. Excellent beer. skortila (5950) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2017
On tap at cbc. Old note. The aroma has caramel, booze, red wine, dried fruit. Dark red coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet with some bitterness, has cognac, caramel, figs. Full bodied beer. Very pleasant. sudomorph (1175) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2017
Batch #2 2014 bottle.
Pours a clear garnet with a half a finger of tan head that thins to a film.
Aroma has smooth notes of spirit barrel, wood spice, dark fruits, and caramel.
Taste is sweet but not cloying. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, wood spice, hints of red wine, and a drawn out, cognac ending.
Full body with medium carbonation. Syrupy in the mouth with a big, full mouth feel.
Overall this is fantastic. I haven’t had it fresh but I’d saw it was aged perfectly. Big dark fruit, raisins, caramel, toffee, and a smooth undertone of cognac barrel. gopherfan99 (1996) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Bottle (Shared by BVery- Thank you!); pours dark amber with a small beige head; sweet aroma of dark fruits, caramel, and a hint of cognac; taste is sweet with more dark fruits, caramel, burnt sugar, and wood hints; dry finish with some lingering dark fruits and wood thomashall (999) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Bomber shared at tasting. Caramel pour. Aroma is super sweet, cognac, booze. Taste follows, this is a monster, super sweet and boozy, but very smooth. The hype is real!
deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle thanks to SHIG! Pours a near clear copper with a slight ruby hue and a yellowish tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong caramel and cognac with toffee and a bit of booze underlying. Flavor is full caramel and toffee with a good amount of boozy cognac supporting. BVery (10711) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Bomber shared- thanks! Murky reddish orange pour with minor head. Sweet caramel, sticky sweet and boozy. And delicious. Yummy! anstei (2450) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle, vintage dec/2014. Pours dark brown. Aroma is boozy, floral, caramel, nuts. Body is heavy, sweet, sticky. Honey, booze, flowers. Palate is very sweet and long, super warming. Good! thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2017
Batch 2 (2014). The heat on this has completely faded away, and it is smooth, flavorful, and extremely, extremely sweet. It smells like stewed fruits and caramel, and it tastes like sugar-coated fruit cake. Deceptively sweet, like Beelzebub himself. ineedbeer (2203) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Poured from a 750 ml, batch 2 bottle.
Aroma is very malt forward with lots of caramel and toffee notes. Some light toasted bread wiht some burnt sugar notes. Some raisin, fig and date notes. Light oak and cognac character with some light alcohol notes.
Pours a slightly murky brown with some auburn hues and a medium sized, thick, creamy tan head that exhibits really nice retention as it slowly recedes to a thin film that lingers on the edges. Moderate lacing and long legs.
Flavor is very sweet with lots of malt and cognac notes. Layers of caramel with some toffee, toasted bread and brown sugar. Lots of grape notes, raisins, figs and dates. Some medium light oak notes and moderate cognac with moderate alcohol spice in the finish. Lingering cognac, caramel and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and somewhat silky with moderate carbonation. Low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall, the beer is not as hot as I was expecting but its also way sweeter than I was expecting. Its bordering on sickly sweet and the cognac notes seem to accentuate it. More heat, but more sugar and less fruit as it warms.