Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Courtesy of mrebekstectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, faint molasses, and brandy
It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a very thin ring. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, raisin, molasses, and fruit. The finish has moderate brandy, apple, and booze. It’s full bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 Bottle: Murky, dark brown copper body, fully opaque except for at the very top. Beige head, recedes quickly to a collar. Aroma has big notes of big raisins, sweet caramel, warmth & sweet apple brandy, wood, & a big, sweet plum presence. Some molasses in the finish, too. Taste is very smooth for being 13.5% ABV... Caramel, toffee, sweet booze soaked raisins, plums, caramelized sugar, sweet apple brandy, wet oak, some cocoa dust, & a little bit of tannin in the aftertaste. A touch of licorice, maybe? A very nice barley wine with a solid apple brandy presence. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle from trade. Aroma and flavor is pure toasted caramel and booze. Not really complex, just fucking awesome. Great beer! arminjewell (9636) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thick reddish brown pour with thin tan head, aroma is big brandy, sweet sugar notes into some slight tart apple, some red fruits with cherry, hints of oak go into lots of molasses, dark sugars, hints of fig, plum in there as well, almost a dark chocolate note comes through as well. Taste is great, nice balance of big sweet cherry, vanilla, brandy, and oak notes go into a slight yeasty and earthy malt, nice dark fruits come through with a touch of cherry, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. Well done. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. From notes. Boozy with oak, vanilla, caramel and a little fruit. I would love to drink this again.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours coca cola colored with a slightly lighter colored head. Some sediment.
Smell is amazingly complex, brandy and tobacco, red fruit.
Taste sweet, cherry, bit of brandy, bit of coco.
Fuller bodied. Very rich.
Very good. JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2013
Medium yellow-tan head over muddy red-brown beer. Sharpish, rather acidic nose; fruity and alcohol. I smell Bourbon, rather than brandy, though, vanilla included. Sharp flavour, again, but here rather alcohol than acids. Sweetish, if bitterish lined beer. Many chocolate notes (both black as milkchocolate). Faint vanilla, wood, ethanol, sugar. Unspecified dark fruit. More vanilla retronasal; warming up liquorice and plums. Bit burning MF, alcoholheat. Texture is viscous, oily; obviously low carbonation however not flat at all. Rather classical sample of barrel aging. Good, but nowhere spectacular. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 750 bottle-thanks BVery @RBSG-Minni-dissipating offwhite-hazy dk amber. A-sweet med/dk fruit, brandy, wood, spice. T-spice, boozy (but @13.5%...), sweet med/dk fruit, brandy, wood.
150220-the rough edges have smooved nicely. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is dark brown with with minimal head. Tons of barrel, brandy and a little apple on the nose. Incredibly smooth for 13.5%, good barrel and apple. hallinghansen (3192) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ Champions League night, thanks dedollewaitor. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma is dark fruit, apples, oak, caramel, vanilla. Flavour is oak, dark fruit, apples, light alcohol, caramel. This is great.