AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Great Alaska Beer And Barley Wine Fest 2013. Hazy light brown color with tan sheen. Big cognac, vanilla, raison, toffee aromas. smooth mouthfeel with soft co2. Rich dark raison flavors with toffee, cognac/brandy, vanilla, pit fruits----carbonated Angels Share--very good. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafť during Hard Liver 2014:   3oz pour, big and sweet, boozy, some caramel, but not as complex as last years.   Rich fig/dates, lots of heavy raisins, bready... did I mention sweet?   Not as Cognac like as last years, that one had more barrel aging.   This one just seems super big and sweet, albeit its not too cloying.   Good, big, and strong, bit less barrel aging.   Still happy to have tried it tho.   Perhaps next time we can get some bottles to age... ekstedt (6708) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear copper/mahogny, light to medium beige head. Sugary, nutty, caramelly malt aroma, some herbal hops, alcohol extremely well hidden. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet, medium bitterness. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Sample @ The Festival. Pours a clear dark amber body with zero head. The nose is super malty and rich with tons of dark fruits and raisons. Some wood and booziness, but it doesnít kill the malt. The flavor is thick and rich with a heavy caramel and dark fruit maltiness. Itís like liquid raisons. The barrel and alcohol are certainly there, but itís surprisingly second fiddle to the malt. Not sure I would have guessed cognac in particular though. Thick and chewy body with minimal carbonation and a bit of alcohol heat on the finish. This was pretty darn drinkable for such a huge ABV, even on a fairly hot afternoon. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
This poured a medium brown with basically no head. Aroma was lots of dark fruit, caramel, and light booze. Flavor was sweeter than I would like but manageable, lots of dark fruits, pruney, alcohol, not very complex though.
vyvvy (6392) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
At the Anchorage presentation at The Wine & Cheese Place - Holy crap! I may have to come back and up my numbers.... must have again, for now going off my notes. This beer is amazing ~ never have I seen alcohol this well concealed & something over 15% be this drinkable. Pours dark brown with a small dense head. The aroma has brown sugar, soy sauce, ultra rich malt, biscuits, earthy / mustiness, toffee and molasses. The body is very heavy and rich with lots of gentle soft carbonation - not sure if Iíve had a mouthfeel that has matched the one on this for being so perfect for the style. It starts with brown sugar, caramel, earthy English yeast, toffee and sugary sweetness. The finish has a bit of alcohol warmth (no burn, nothing that feels like 17%), dates, figs, raisins and some oak. Amazing beer! RobertDale (6380) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2015
750 ml. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Very sweet, too much so for me. kaser (6217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Probably a good beer. But not the right time. Reddish pour from 22oz bottle at Dallas pad. Butterscotch and super sweet aroma. Tastes like a pile of syrup and vodka thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2016
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep copper, no real head. Nose is sweet caramel, toasty malt, brown sugar, spirit barrel, cognac. Taste of brown sugar, sweet, cognac, some alcohol but not indicative of 17%+, medium body, sweet linger. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Yes, I know this has a release date of December 2014, and I am having it in November, pays to live in Alaska.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was dark brown color with a slim one finger white to slight off white somewhat foamy head that dissipated within a light lacing.
The smell was full of sweet darkened caramel boozy malt.
The taste had a full boozy sweet caramel malty flavor. There is a slight boozy sweet caramel aftertaste that lead to sweet yet dry finish.
On the palate, this sat about a medium to heavy on the body. I donít mind the thickness on this beer - itís a barleywine, itís supposed to be this way. Boy, does this super smooth over my tongue.
Overall, well, Gabe Fletcher, yeah dude, you knocked this one outa the park. Lives up to its hype. Donít pass up if you see it.