drink1121 (1) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010 does not count
Shared with kjsv034 from a CC growler with a small hole, so it was a tad bit flat aeventhough we drank it pretty fresh. Great smell of vanilla, dark fruits, booze with similiar taste, but some tobacco thrown in with more dark fruits as well. Great beer, I liked the Zhukov version better, because I dont think the dark fruits go with the beer as well as the roasty stout flavors. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Growler from CCB. Pours a dark brown to nearly black color with big reddish highlights and a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of overripe cherries, toffee, brandy, brown sugar, booze, hints of floral hoppiness. Flavor is sweet and malty with big brandy and ripe dark fruit flavors up front with a nice warming booziness toward the finish. A burst of floral hoppiness kicks in toward the end. Lots of fruit, brandy, and malty sweet goodness. Medium body with a boozy and sweet dark fruit finish. Nice ale. Not quite as good as the apple brandy Zhukovs, but still a stellar beer. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Does it really matter what I write about this? I mean I have been proclaimed a homer and not really a fair CCB rater. Well this shit is good as fuck. Tons better than the original. One of the better BA beers CCB has ever made. Delicious. The calvados barrel really does wonders. Thanks to snojerk for this one. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
tap pours cloudy brown with a tall frothy tan head. Sweet brandy and apple nose with some spicing. Sweet caramel and spice like a rich ice cream. So rich and creamy, the barrel is nice and lends alot of sweetness that mix well with the spiced character of the WWWW. I love it. MeadMe (1683) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
On tap at the brewery.
A: Pours a nice dark brown with deep amber tones showing through. Nice tall brown head with nice retention and excellent lace.
S: Lots of brandy, fresh oak, and brown sugar sweetness. The barrel dominates, but is complimented by the sweetness.
T: Very nice use of the barrel. Like Brandy Barrel beers and this is a tasty one. Lots of malt sweetness up front. Brown sugar and caramel stand out. Deeper sugary tones of molasses can be picked up as well. Sweet dark fruits with light hints of apple. The barrel comes in somewhere in the middle. It plays well against the sweetness. Lots of oak with hints of nice brandy booziness.
M: On the fullers side of medium. Rich, smooth, sweet.
D: Enjoyed sipping on several glasses of this one. Glad I took one for the road.
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2010
POurs a very dark brown with hints of ruby, little to no head. Nose is huge brandy, dark fruits, wood, sweet toffee, cherry, hints of oxidation. Flavor is BIG bold sherry and wood notes, sweet caramel and toffee, dark fruits, figs, raisin, prunes, dark cherries, earthy hops. This is amazing. The Apple Brandy barrel treatments are hands down incredible. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
The aroma is brandy, fruit, roasted malt. The appearance is a deep brown, red hue, tan head. The flavor is beautiful. chocolate, malt, bread, brandy, light fruit - NICE!! Now, it resembles an Old Ale. (Actually, the base beer was the same, the flavor was much nicer than the aroma.) The finish is a mild hop bittering, citrus, sweet, boozy warming. Excellent job on this one.