vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour that I brought. Brown pour with tan head. Super sweet, malt and dark aromas. Sweet malt, oak, I guess cognac tones. Very smooth, no ABV in sight. caesar (7277) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
Tap @ CBC2013. Slight hazy amber color, just some lacing. Cognac and raisin in the aroma, toffee, caramel. Quite sirupy. Caramel malt. Big sipper, I like. Iphonephan (7264) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at ChurchKey. Pours a clear cola brown with a scant off white head. Aroma of caramel and fruitcake. Flavors of candied fruit soaked in cognac. Smooth and boozy finish. Nice. ekstedt (6976) - Göteborg, 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. AmEricanbrew (6954) - 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.
kramer (6905) - 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 doesn’t kill the malt. The flavor is thick and rich with a heavy caramel and dark fruit maltiness. It’s like liquid raisons. The barrel and alcohol are certainly there, but it’s 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. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café 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... RobertDale (6847) - 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. vyvvy (6731) - St. Louis, 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 I’ve 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!