Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Absolutely remarkable red and brown fruit complexity with a luxurious cognac overlay that meshes perfectly. A sophisticated and delightfully mouth coating marvel that is unbelievably smooth and mellow for its 17.3% abv. Beautifully balanced from start to finish. Trade heavily for this one, or don’t even flinch at the $30+ price tag, it’s well worth it.
zebra (2097) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2015
750-ml bottle from wlvliquors. clear reddish-brown. barley wine + sweet dark fruit, not boozy. from the label:neepsntatties (1973) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Barleywine style ale brewed with galaxy hops. A starting gravity of 37 plato. Aged eleven months in cognac barrels.
Faustian pleasure has consequence, of this you must know
When you go down to the crossroads, expect more than a show
Robert Johnson paid dearly, for talent and fame
His deal with the devil, left only his name
Eternal damnation, no chance for retreat
Save only Mr. Daniels’, stunning cunning fiddle feat
This devil is in the details, diabolical pacts abound
Worldly riches and pleasures, but consequences come ’round
‘Twix barley and beer, there is liquid sublime’
But this devil is in the details, with consequence in time
Thirty-seven plato, a matter of some gravity
A Galaxy of hops, only adds to depravity
Eight months in wood, of Cognac in barrel
Mephistopheles you’re not, and the devil your peril
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On tap at Brouwer’s 2013 Hard Liver Fest. Colour...golden amber with a whisp of an off white head. Nose...teeming with dark fruits, esp dark cherries, Zante currants, dark raisins and Brooks prunes, as well as various fruity boiled sweets. Palate... a delicate froth starts the journey, then the bowl of tropical fruit rolls in with Turkish delight, light toffee, and the Cognac. The booze is subtle,which is remarkable as this barley wine is 17.3% abv! There’s a pause of oakiness but it does not overpower, nor does it fully interrupt the afore mentioned flavours. This barley wine is a singularly superb accomplishment and could easily become THE benchmark for barley wine! biggsbowler (625) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle - pours a dark, murky brown. very thick and syrupy. The aroma is sweet, malty, oak, and cognac. The taste is smooth, malty. Not boozy for a 17% beer. As it hits the back of my mouth, it tastes so luscious and rich. This is impressive in every way. Why can’t more breweries make barleywines like this? Thank you, Anchorage!!! gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottle shared by Mike Morse at BBF’14 - thank you man for this real treat. My second aha-erlebnis when it comes to American barleywines; the first one was with the Midnight Sun’s M. This is one of the most balanced barley wines and barrel aged beers from the U.S.: an agreeable nose, full of raisins and sweet wine alike notes such as stewed peach and almond, besides a ton load of peach. Body is creamy and the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweet sticky rich flavours of raisins and caramel and malt.
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Wow ... poured 2014 batch 2 from a bottle into a snifter. Aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, raisens, and prunes. Appearance is a hazy golden brown. Reminds me of a cloudy maple syrup. Taste is outstanding. Has just the right sweetness paired with caramel and dark fruits.The palate is creamy and viscous going down very smooth. Excellent mouth feel. The high abv is well hidden in flavor but not in impact. A great beer and wish I had more of this. I highly recommend this English Style Barleywine. Cheers! kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Umm, wow is this good. Quite possibly the best barleywine I’ve had. Huge sweet molasses taste. Drinks like a fine Cognac. I’d actually fork over $35 per bottle any day for this. Tons of dark fruit taste. Absolutely no sour notes, which is wonderful. Sometimes you get that from barrels. I’m not really sure what else to say, but WOW!!! Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy brown hue with delicate white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is huge malt, vanilla, wood, cognac, plums, cola, raisins, molasses, ethanol. Mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic with a medium full body and good carbonation. Taste is crazy complex with subdued sweetness throughout, an astringent & hop bitterness that is well balanced in the following, and a great mix of ethanol heat in the sweet finish. Overall this is an AMAZING Barleywine that is dangerously drinkable at 17.5% abv!! lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Poured into a wine glass at a Shelton Brothers tasting at the Wine and Cheese Place.
Aroma: Very aromatic, toffee, caramel, biscuit comes out as it warms up, boozey fumes if you get close enough.
Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a small amount of tan foam, head dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a nice trail of suds on the glass as you sift it.
Taste: Sweet molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze; all of the flavors which were out on the nose come together for a big party. There’s so much going on from start to finish you keep discovering new flavors after numerous pulls.
Palate: Full bodied, one of the thickest beers I have ever had, very chewy, a dessert in a glass.
Overall: This is one of the finest barleywines I have ever had the pleasure to drink. I couldn’t quite pull out any traces of the cognac barrels but I am sure it is probably hiding in there somewhere waiting for a more experienced palate. Be careful with this one, it will sneak up on you given how smooth it is! BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This brew is nothing short of fantastic....period. Huge vanilla, molasses, oak, brandy-ish. Could’ve sniffed that glass for quite a while. Flavor is more booze and a blast of dates, plums, and raisins (sweet but not cloying).....and yes the heat is there too right till the end. The warming aspect was very appropriate. Too bad I don’t have more bottles of this big boy....really top-notch brew.