jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle shared with Vinny, Frank, Alen and Bill. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin off white head and minor lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, caramel, sweet barley & malt, light cocoa, and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly silky. The alcohol suggested in the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste - making this beer extremely drinkable despite it’s high alcohol content. Notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, apple brandy, oak and a light spice. Very nice. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle at the BA Buffalo bottle share. Pours monogamy amber with a off white head. Nose of caramel, oak, and brandy. This theme continues in the mouth with a gentle amount of bitterness to keep the palate from going stale. The body is full with a great creamy texture. Wow, what a treat. McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Muddy brown pour. Caramel apples, apple brandy, oak, toffee and brown sugar on the nose. Flavor rocks out with more boozy caramel apple, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, wood, and a bit of booze. Huge barrel presence here. Very nice change of pace. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, malt, sweetness, vanilla, fruits, caramel, bread. Taste is of bourbon, malt, alcohol, apples, fruits, caramel. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Very good. Intense complexity. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Thanks to markwise for shipping me this 75cl bottle so that I can share it with 77ships, sebletitje and adamjackson and also with some of the Delirium Hoppy Loft staff (the day after Cigar City head brewer Wayne was here and luckily didn’t have a Leon with him to share as well). The 75cl bottle pours murky amber with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up rich notes of brown sugar coated prunes and ripe red apples as well as caramel sweetness mixing with booze and Brandy. The taste is rich and deep with brown sugar notes, a pleasing kettle like caramelization, prunes and sweet earthy dates. It then moves into smooth sweet boozy Brandy notes and some barrel character. The whole beer comes together to attain an amazing Barrel Aged English style Barleywine experience. Another terrific sipper for sure. Love it.
alex4r (82) - - MAR 23, 2013
Muddy/Cloudy brown pour; looks like it was bottled in a swamp. Boozy aroma hits you immediately, barrel characteristics do not hide. Nice syrupy mouthfeel. Barrel characteristics follow the nose when you sip. A tad sweet but not cloying. Woody, malty and delicious. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bomber into a CC snifter. Thick brown pour with small head and little retention. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, apple, booze, vanilla, and toffee. Taste follows the nose with a nice brandy bite. I enjoyed Cognac Church more but this is still a monster and worth having in the cellar. arminjewell (9584) - 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. VsXsV (4415) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown liquid with medium light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, vanilla, toffee, caramel, light port wine, wood and bread. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, light port wine and wood. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice. djd07 (14366) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong brandy, apple skin, wood. Medium mouthfeel with nice booze, apple core, oak, and nice lingering sweet finish, hides alcohol well, very impressive.