davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 07 Sept 2012 on the label. 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature. Enjoying this alongside a glass of Lairds Applejack. Huge thanks to a generous BA for this, you know who you are!
A - Bordering on clear and murky, the body is a deep vibrant red-brown color. Small one finger light khaki head forms and settles into some edging with massive bubbles. Low amount of lacing but a swirl produces some alcohol legs as well as a nice cap.
S - Huge notes of toffee, caramelized dark fruits, and brown sugar initially. Then comes the subtle notes of apple brandy. Oak and spicy apples with a long boozy finish. Complex and rich.
T - Wow. Even better than the aroma. You find all the stereotypical english barley wine notes here. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Then comes this amazing apple brandy finish. Its rich and buttery with notes of oak, vanilla, and sweet apple liquer. Complex and intricate, this seems to be the perfect barrel to compliment a barley wine.
M- Thick and coating without coming off as syrupy. The 13% abv is apparent in only a smooth and light burn on the end that only serves to compliment.
O - I’ve had King Henry, and I’ve had Abacus. This beer is my favorite compared to those two giants. Maybe its because I’m a sucker for anything stuffed in an apple brandy or Calvados barrel, but this is just amazing!
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Thanks to JTMiller03 for this one. Loads of tropical fruit, caramel and roasted malt in nose. Viscous and coating mouth. Notes of traditional barleywine flavors up front, molasses, cereal grain, caramel and nutty booze followed by sweet apple, booze and guava. Really amazing stuff. 77ships (9776) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2013
THX! to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this one. 75 cl. bottle sampled. Pours a darkish brown & a mocha head that mainly consist of some bubbles on the side of the glass. The barrel is HUGE on this one, decadent & rich nose of fine ‘brandy’ – couldn’t pinpoint it as brandy speicifically since I am not sure if I have ever head brandy but this is certainly something different & distinct from other barrels – enjoyable alcohol riding over a strong sugar sweetness, molasses, getting more very red grapes than apple here, oak, alcohol soaked dark fruits, sticky candy,… This big, taste is similar, HUGE barrel, sweet alcoholic brandy with molasses, oak, caramel, sweet booze, strong in the finish with caramel, dark fruits, red grapes, raisins soaked in brandy, warming. Thick, slick, lesser carb. this is one big beer, flirting with going over the edge but stays on the right side. Total sipper. knickskicks (1162) - - MAR 12, 2014
Murky brown reddish pour. Nose is sweet caramel, big apple brandy, a touch of salt. Taste is apple brandy sweetness, caramel apple, a touch of salt. Sticky viscousy mouthfeel. Benzai (15586) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 75cl bottle @ ZZT V. Hazy red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, sweetness, barrel aged clearly. Taste malts, lightly alcohol, liquor, wood, barrel aging clearly, but to me the brandy BA is very close to bourbon, though I don’t know whether they’re close, but to me it’s very similar to bourbon. Anyway, it’s good! Full body, medium to full carbonation. Absolutely amazing!
erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2012
No real head, dark brown body. Raisins, wood, earthy, concentrated fruit, dak malts, even some licorice. Enormous amount of flavour, concentrated fruits, barrel aging. Some throat warmth. Awesome,really really good and fits my taste well. (At ZZT V) ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 October 19, 2012 tap from the brewery. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Aroma was alcohol and sweet caramel. Taste was the same with some wood and a touch of spice in the finish. Smooth, creamy and medium to thick bodied. Really should have ordered another one of these. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Lucky to have split this CCB brew with J. Morey. Thanks so much.
Poured a Dark brown, almost black with no light shining through at all. Slight foamy tan head, that dissipated to a frothy ring around the edge of the glass while sipping. Smells of brown sugar, toffee and the brandy comes through. Taste is much of the same, but with an amazing warmth in my chest after just my first sip. Burnt sugar, toffee, and dark fruit really broke through after it warmed. This was a Great English Style Barleywine. Non of that sticky resinous Hop feel, like some if its American BarleyWine Brethren. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 (750ml) cloudy medium brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is so rich, sherry, raisin, caramel, date, endless complexity, vanilla. Taste of rum raisin, caramel, sherry/brandy, big barrel, amazingly delicious. Creamy finish, lasting, almost no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle at fletchfighters tasting. Thanks guys! Pours a cloudy brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel, dark fruits, hints of brandy and woody notes. Taste is high sweet with a medium bitterness. Alcohol hidden VERY well, no way you’d know is 13.5%. Absolutely stunning!