craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Shared bottle. This is one damn fine beer. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Big aromas - cognac, caramel, dark fruits, light oak. Full body with caramel notes and dark fruits. Sweet smooth finish. The 17% is hidden so well. Bule (2161) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2015
750ml bottle of Batch 2 Dec 2014 bottling. Pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Full flavor of malt and toffee. Cognac flavor is so easy going and the high ABV is hidden well. Some plum fruitiness and a little pepper.
koleminer20 (3591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, batch 1. The pour is a dark brown with some good garnet hints poking through. There is a good mocha colored head that sticks around beautifully. The aroma is great. There is a wonderful roasty male and bright molasses with a solid vanilla. The cognac sweetness is coming through awesomely on the back end. The flavor is equally excellent. Light floral hops and dark fruits are awesome. There is a decent boozy heat on the back end, but the cognac sweetness really helps cut it. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a great carbonation. This is like drinking a delicious egg nog or thin yogurt. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and fruity. Just amazing. aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Aroma of raisins, plumbs and cognac. The taste is similar. The cognac is very well integrated. A little alcohol in the finish. Just a little bit to sweet. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Corked and caged Batch 1 (Dec 2013) bottle from Tipples poured on 7-12-14. Pours a mahogany brown color with some purple--and it pours very viscous looking-and a big light brownish yellow head. The aroma is magnificent coming off this thing and you can smell it across the room. Big dark fruits, figs, oak, molasses, brown sugar, coconut, maybe some vanilla, yum. Flavor is huge sweet brown sugar, figs, cognac, lots of chewey oak, leather, more brown sugar. Good lord it is sweet and intense. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and very little boozy alcohol heat presence. Chewy and thick mouthfeel with low but still present carbonation. What a treat this is. Worth every bit of hype and one of the best Barleywines I have ever had.
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle (got you covered on this too, Mike). Dark brown with golden head. Aroma is amazing, some oxidised sherry notes, sherry, dried fruit, chocolate, dates. Taste is delightful as well, dates, raisins, sherry, tastes like Pedro Ximinez. Very sweet and alcohol well hidden. Excellent 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 don’t mind the thickness on this beer - it’s a barleywine, it’s 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. Don’t pass up if you see it. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
ZOMFG 1000! Thanks Bryce. Somewhat raisiny aroma, but a bit muted. Flavor is fantastic. Big sweet raisins, caramel, bits of vanilla. Fucking fantastic beer. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Pours light brown, dark red. Smells sweet of caramel, vanilla and Candi sugar. Tastes thick with a lot of sweetness, hints of apple, molasses, a bit of peat, and almost no alcohol. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Batch #2. Unclear muddy dark amber with quickly dissipating beige head. Complex, cohesive. Rich. Caramel, toffee, toasty, brown sugar, dark fruit, port, perfectly integrated barrel character. Not much woody, just the cognac. No perceived bitterness or hoppiness, which isn’t missed. Nimble full body. Viscous. No booze. Tips sweet. Desert in elegant beer form.