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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 519   ABV: 17.3%
1 hop, 1 malt, aged in giant freshly emptied Cognac Barrels.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (2131) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (2047) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Poured from a 750 ml, batch 2 bottle. Aroma is very malt forward with lots of caramel and toffee notes. Some light toasted bread wiht some burnt sugar notes. Some raisin, fig and date notes. Light oak and cognac character with some light alcohol notes. Pours a slightly murky brown with some auburn hues and a medium sized, thick, creamy tan head that exhibits really nice retention as it slowly recedes to a thin film that lingers on the edges. Moderate lacing and long legs. Flavor is very sweet with lots of malt and cognac notes. Layers of caramel with some toffee, toasted bread and brown sugar. Lots of grape notes, raisins, figs and dates. Some medium light oak notes and moderate cognac with moderate alcohol spice in the finish. Lingering cognac, caramel and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and somewhat silky with moderate carbonation. Low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth. Overall, the beer is not as hot as I was expecting but its also way sweeter than I was expecting. Its bordering on sickly sweet and the cognac notes seem to accentuate it. More heat, but more sugar and less fruit as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1664) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
Merci Yan pour cette bouteille qui faisait lobjet dune longue convoitise de ma part. Robe couleur prune, presque violette. Peu de mousse, bien entendu. la voie est libre pour que se librent aprs toute cette attente en bouteille, des armes de fruits noirs, de raisins secs, de cassonade. On sent les vestige de lalcool franais et malgr les 17% dalcool, cest le fruit sch qui domine. La persistance des saveurs en bouche est ce qui ma le plus tonn. Les saveurs sont courtes. La bire ne manque aucunement de corps pour autant, mais les saveurs meurent rapidement pour laisser place un sucre infini qui enrobe mes joues aprs stre dpos sur mes lvres. Heureusement que leffervescence allge lensemble. Trs bon barleywine dont le nom fait plus de bruits mes oreilles que de WOW dans ma bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1676) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2017
At the Barleywine event. B2. Aroma is caramel, toffee, barrel, cognac, amazing. Appearance is amber brown, clear, light brown head. Taste is sweet, barrel, cognac, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sweet. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, cognac and caramel aftertaste. Overall, its great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4428) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle at a tasting - thanks, Kevin! Dark brown color with a small khaki head. Big aroma. Lots of toffee, some gnac, roast, molasses. Sweet, hot flavor, dark fruits, vinous notes, roast. Full bodied and low carb, fairly hot which is expected. Intense!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (907) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3823) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2017
January 5, 2017. Bottle, batch #2, December 2014, received in a trade with tom10101, thanks!
Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, dark sugars, prunes, figs, raisins, cognac. Taste is sweet malty, dried fruity, smooth warming notes. Full bodied, smooth small bubble carbonation, oily texture. Finish is sweet caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, prunes, warming cognac, hints of oak.
Great one, nice blend of malt and dried fruits and well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1082) - SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2017
A: Deep brown coloured with a light brown head that dissapates fast N: Fresh figs, dates, cognac, raisins T: Sweet dried fruits, hint of coffee, deep barrel flavours O: Wow! Sweet sticky mouthfeel! Very nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (5258) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
(Anchorage A Deal With The Devil Barleywine) Bottle 750ml at home, New Years Eve beer, served into a snifter. Dark brown colour on the body, small and thin beige head, low retention. Aroma of malts, dark fruits, cognac, wood, alcohol, vanilla, marmalade. Taste is sweet with malts, alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits, red fruits, marmalade, wood, little bit of cognac. Thick body, soft carbonation. Great sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (1928) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Batch 1 bottle. Dark reddish brown. Short initial head. Aroma is oxidised, raisin, orange peel, blackcurrant. Taste is deep brown sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, barrel. Drinkability is better than expected. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Svartvit (324) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle shared at deansos. Pours a dark brown/red with a small white head. Sweet caramel malts, red fruits, toffee. Heavy sweet, light bitter.

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