Rasmus40 (20854) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
CBC. Hazy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. 020515 Theydon_Bois (19545) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to Jason for liberating this one from source.
Hazed mahogony brown with no head.
Nose is dark toffee, wood, booze, sugars, dark fruits, dates, brandy notes, treacle toffee.
Taste comprises booze steeped dark fruits, brown sugars, woody tones, dates, prunes, boozey sticky toffee pudding.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
A complex barley wine that is well balanced, the brandy is pretty subtle, decent stuff! rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2015
Draught at CBC 2015, red session, with Ken, Colin and Reuben. Very dark brown beer with a nice beige/brownish head. Vinous fruity aroma, caramel, chocolate, raisins, licorice, figs and dades. Fruity licorice flavor, raisins, figs, caramel, warming alcohol, some nuts, some toffee. Very good!!! harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2015
On tap at Craft Covent Garden, black dark brown colour lasting thin tan head. Some barrel age. Again it’s a big beer. Unsubtle. Mostly just huge and overwhelming. Some barley wine character kicks in. Just a bit aggressive for me. Sone apple. mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Elliesbrown (thanks a lot, Zack), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of various deep dark fruits, apple, a bit of brandy and caramel malts. Flavour of rich caramel malts, apple brandy, deep dark fruits and a bit of candied sugar. Very complex, with a very deep flavour profile. Sweetness is medium, with a high complexity from the apple brandy without the barrels ever taking over. Finishes on notes of apple, brandy and caramel malts. Great stuff, but perhaps not as amazing as the ratings suggests.
TBone (17580) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Tap at CBC2015. Dark brown color, small brownish head. Aroma has toffee, alcohol and wood. Full-bodied. Sticky sweetness, alcohol and toffee. Heavy stuff but very nicely balanced sipping beer. chrisv10 (17466) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2015
CBC. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, toasted with notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruits, oak, wood, toasted, warming, sweet with notes, little vanilla of alcohol. jtclockwork (16602) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2015 Bottle with many thanks to a generous Floridian. B1. Pours reddish dark brown with tan brown head ring. Nose and taste of sweet cordial apple brandy, caramel toffee, rum raisin, plum and chocolate covered dark fruits. Elegant velvety full body. Finishes with tinge of warming alcohol. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Mahogany pour with a small off-white head. Interesting nose to this. Tons of banana, brandy, and vanilla. A heavy dose of brown sugar, lots of alcohol, some toast, and a bit of wood. The flavor is a bit harsh and boozy. Lots of brandy, some wood, vanilla, and sweet malt. A mild bitterness, some burnt sugar, toffee, and hints of dark fruit. Could use a bit of balance and less alcohol. Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ Milan-PSV after warm up. Trade with AdamJackson. Pours deep ruby brown with a small creamy head. Nose is complex and vinous. Thick caramel, oak, apple, brandy, fruit and liquorice. Exceptionel. Thick and syrupy flavor with notes of apple, caramel, fruit, wood and licorice. Vinous and soft. A sipper with lots of depth and complexity.