jmgreenuk (10339) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 5, 2013
Tap at The Mikkeller Bar. Poured a dark mahogany colour with and orange hue. The aroma is rich fruity and alcoholic. The flavour is rich bitter and with an oily texture. There is lots of alcohol based liqourice but it doesn’t dominate. A truly awesome beer, but I’d prefer a lower ABV so I could drink more of it! deanso (10271) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAY 4, 2013
Sample at cbc 2013. .
Thin tan head. Clear deep amber pour. A very smooth brew. gyllenbock (10025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013, Friday.
Dark amber with a small head. Dried fruit, chocolate, oak, some vanilla and light alcohol. Smooth and with a long aftertaste.
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 750ml ][ Texas Liquor Carlsbad ][ $35 ][ Tasting Snifter ][ 2.28.15 ]DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2015
>> Pours tepid deep amber with red highlights, weak head, ring of grayish foam remains. Nose is cherry Twizzlers, red candies. Taste is pure sugar, maple syrup, red cherry juice....pretty one note and cloying. I mean, had this next to Hill Farmstead Aaron and it was night and day. Big waste of money and very disappointing.
Taste from a bottle, big thanks to tmoney99 for sharing. Brown red color. Thin kind of creamy layer of head on the surface, off-white color. Few bits of loose lace. Bigger body, but not slick. Very creamy, kind of thick. Sort of chewy and velvety. Toasty bready malt, some caramel, bit of nuttiness. Kind of earthy. Cognac is evident all around, but not over powering -- perfectly in balance. Touch of fermented sweet yellow apple in the nose. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, mild bitterness. Sweet, but not cloying or overpowering like Samael’s. Pretty smooth for the high ABV. Very nice, well-done stuff overall. Been wanting to try this for a while... Met my expectation
douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Bottle sample at Belmont. I got a 5 ounce or so glass. Very expensive, but a cool way to share. Pours a dark mahogany color, small ring of a white head. The aroma is big sweet malts, raisins, almost a plum pudding element, heat. The flavor is actually not very hot, sure it’s crazy sweet and big, but not hot. Loads of raisins, vinous cognac but not a ton of barrel, super sweet malts, brown sugar. The flavor works well for what it is. Hell of a beast. Reminds me of some of the bigger Avery beers. Could use fifty years or so.
Had it again thanks to Jeff. Just awesome. Super smooth, huge. Bumped up from 4.0 to 4.1. solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
You have to make a deal with the devil to get an Alaska tick. Nice thick barley wine that taste decent consider the huge percentage and potential for being a boozy mess. A little too syrupy for me though. Lots of malt here, some citrus. Plenty of booze. Bottle shared by Travlr or someone at Churchkey. arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for cracking this. Thick, murky brownish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, toffee, lots of caramelized sugars into a bit of oak, vanilla, dark cocoa into lots of cognac, spirit notes with some brown sugar. Taste was a mix of nice cognac, dark bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar into some toasted, nice dark grain, finishing fairly sweet, very smooth. The_Osprey (9673) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Keg at CPK as ’Anchorage A Deal With The Devil Barleywine’, 17.3%. Very dark purpley brown, no head at all. Looks a little imposingly boozy…and it is. Aroma is sweet toffee, some salted caramel, sherry and bovril umami. Body is quite rich, smooth and oily. Taste is sweet sugar syrup, creamy fruits, not too boozey. Actually it’s pretty drinkable for something so strong. Pretty impressive but a bit on the sweet side for my taste. czar (9609) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
pour @ THE festival, maine. hazy dark brown with a minimal beige head, some retention. tons of caramel, some burnt, booze, dark fruitiness, woody, leather, grassy-spicy but mostly piney make their way through this cloying muddy and syrupy liquid. light carbonation, full body, cloying and boozy finish. more than ok for what it is..