77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
Joint bottle with Martinus. Obtained in a trade with sfr26. 650 ml. bottle / good sized sample @ RBBWG V. Pours quite murky dark amber brown pretty much no head, different appearance from what I expected. Overall, very different from what I expected. Nose is thick syrupy mocha, mocha, molasses, dates, molasses, sugar, huge amount of sweet dough, sugar. Taste is very thick dough, dates, sugar, dates, vanilla, warming, candy, huge amount of dough, bread, sugar, dates, molasses,… Thick dough body, dates. Interesting, sweet enough that you don’t notice the ABV. Interesting and nice even if not what expected. Really huge on the sweet dough. tderoeck (9735) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-697) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Little cloudy reddish brown beer, small aery beige head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Alcohol, bit sourish, vinous, sour apples, earthy, red sour berries (red currants), caramel, bit sugary, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, full body, syrupy texture. Taste: pretty sweet, sugary, syrup, caramel, very fruity, some cherry and raspberry jam, lots of alcohol, sour notes, bit spicy, chilies or the alcohol burning? Aftertaste: more burning, pretty hot, alcoholic, sugary, some vanilla, sourish, lemon juice, cooked fruits, jam, alcohol punch.
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. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2015
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 jmgreenuk (9457) - 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!
douglas88 (9194) - 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. gyllenbock (9177) - 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.
czar (9085) - 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.. solidfunk (8964) - 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. b3shine (8875) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2014
750 ml bottle to taster. Looks good; semi-transparent hazelnut brown with khaki head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells good too; sweet and malty (but not cloying) with a nice cognac presence. Tastes like it smells with a great mouthfeel that drinks more like 8% than almost 18%. Some mild hops in there too. Very complex for the simplicity of its malt and hop bill. Excellent beer!