ciocanelu (2466) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 23, 2015
Deep amber color with creamy beige head. Aroma fills the room with dried figs, dates and raisins. Taste is definitely on the sweet side but not cloying at all. Same dried fruits with the cognac notes underneath. Body is heavy and syrupy. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I would have never guessed it has such a high ABV. One of the best barleywines I ever had. ryanfolty (2540) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
December 24, 2015 - bottle purchased during my trip to Seattle in March and opened as part of my dancin’ with the devil night. Batch 2, 2014 bottle. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head that lasted a while. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit and cognac. Taste was sweet and fruity, gets to a point of almost too sugary sweet, but then the cognac comes in to balance things out. One of the smoothest and best textured beers I have ever had. GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle thanks to the man Owen! Pours a luscious deep crimson/burgundy with virtually no head. Aroma pops right out along with the cap. Aroma consists of caramel, fudge, slight hint of oak, Cognac, honey, pancake syrup, molasses. Decadent invitation to what is hopefully a party in my mouth. Taste is thick pancake syrup, warming cognac, sweet molasses, sweet caramel, dates, slight vanilla and a bit of leather/oak tastes. Full, syrupy body and deceivingly drinkable for the ABV. It should be a slow-sipper but is so only for the strong willed. aleigator (945) - GERMANY - JAN 7, 2017
A deal with the devil b2
Pours a dark ember red-brown colored beer, together with a slowly uprising bubbly, beige head, which then disappears all too soon. After swirling the beer, its thickness becomes obvious at the glass, revealing slick alcohol legs, reminding me of drinking a Whiskey.
Complex on the nose, not defined by an overly present barrel though. A vivid, multi layered fruit note mingles perfectly into caramel malts, evoking dried plums, raisins, fermenting grapes and red apples. A toasty nut quality sets itself atop of the malts, soothed by a flowery note. Way lighter on the nose than its abv indicates, due to its awesome balance.
Drinks utmost silk, with a nice creaminess to it, complex and rich, creating a long lasting, awesomly well balanced firework on my palate, with a warming ending.
Tastes of a glazed caramel maltiness, spiced up by matured, gently bitter hops, creating a dried, sugared orange flavor. Ripe figs, dipped into bakers chocolate and wild honey, enriched by sweet cold pressed coffee get completed by a warming raisin, pepper and clove spiciness. Finishes soft, slighty oaken, with a jammy raspberry and juice grape fruitiness, coated by caramel.
A wonderfull sipper. Its not at all over the top/boozy/hot as I expected it to be - instead this showcases an incedible, well nuanced depth of flavors and aromas, which beautifully respond to each other. Another highlight is its mouthfeel. Many Barleywines tend to have a thinner, unpleasant mouthfeel, this does certainly not. It is silk and soft, almost a little creamy, reminding me of having a warming scoop of caramel ice cream. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Festival 2013, what a treat this was. The ABV is well-hidden, excellent cognac character percolates throughout the entire beer while still allowing a really cool English barley wine to show through. Sweet but extremely drinkable for a sweet, 17% abv beer. Remarkable.
djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong burnt sugar, caramel, oak, booze. Thick mouthfeel with very strong burnt sugar, oak, cognac, sweet finish. Hides alcohol extremely well, really enjoyed this one. 50belair (3627) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Thick soupy pour that’s a murky poo brown in color with a fleeting mocha head. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee upfront with the boozy cognac bite in the finish. Huge body with a mind numbing mouthfeel. I would love to have a bottle to sit down for five years or so..... beersighted (134) - - JUL 14, 2014
With a sweet nose, this cognac barrel aged Barleywine is loaded with sweet toffee and rich dates. This boozy friend will treat you well all night then take you home. Stuu666 (13124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, huge thanks to BenH. Pours dark brown, nose is reminiscent of PX, dates, bready, raisins, caramel, taste is rich caramel, sherry fruits. rouhlas (3588) - GREECE - OCT 1, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2017 From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 (ok I m rating it only one festival later :p ). Amber-brown color with small off-white head. Aroma was malty caramel, dried fruits, vanilla?, wood and light alcohol (cognac?). Taste was sweet and light bitter, caramel, fruity wood and light alcoholic. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation. Impressive how well the alcohol was hidden. Great!