zalfv (2) - - JUN 25, 2017 does not count soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, - JUN 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: Woody pipe tobacco wreathed around a ripe, fruity essence: baked apples, pears, prunes, a touch of peach and some raisins, sweetened by a hint of maple syrup and dark rum, shine their way through a curtain of velvety, earthy, oaky, resiny notes from the hops and sherry casks. Alcohol comes through only slightly, mingling with the dry-yet-robust pome fruit scents to lend the impression of Calvados. (I wonder what the Calvados cask version smells like...)
Appearance: Deep, plummy chestnut brown with a bright ruby shine to it. Head is blanched almond-colored, smooth but volatile, and surprisingly large and stalwart - not huge, but big for the style and the ABV.
Flavor: Sweet as hell but full of fruity barleywine goodness and woody, nutty, resiny sherry flavor. Gushingly sweet flavors of white sugar, apple juice, honey, and sponge cake dominate, but the varnishy, walnutty tweak of sherry offers a pleasant distraction. This beer does not have what I would call depth or complexity, but it isn’t boring. I must say, though, it is too sweet.
Palate: Suitably thick, with subdued carbonation. And yet it’s also quite dry - the finish, though sweet, is surprisingly not syrupy.
Overall: I do like the sherry flavor, but unfortunately it doesn’t really do enough to buoy the leaden sugars that overwhelm this beer - nor is it interesting enough to warrant those sugars, or the big ABV, for that matter. I suppose this deserves some points for its totally undetectable alcohol, but then again, a little spicy heat might help to fence in its out-of-whack sweetness.
Aroma of cocoa and caramel
Pours a deep hazy brown with little head which does not linger.
Taste is very well balanced, sherry notes throughout the entire sip. Caramelized oaky flavor. Good amount of malt.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle. Poured an orange no head. Aroma is Sweet sticky booze. Taste is sweet with booze syrup caramel sugar finish.
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5.5 oz. mini snifter from HopCat (Louisville); purported to be "Sherry Cask" on their beer menu. Admins: Please move or delete as you see fit. Aroma: Pleasant semi-sweet raisin-like fruits with slightly lesser nutty/caramel malts. Appearance: Tinted copper with light carbonation and a ring of tan head. Flavor: Definite raisin and sweet fruits at the start; more base beer caramel nuttiness towards the finish, which lingers with alcohol heat. Palate: Light body, slick texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: Definitely glad I had a small pour, would be quite rich otherwise. Still, a neat variation to try; would be fascinating to see the base with a less sweet/more complex Sherry, such as a Palo Cortado or Amontillado, even if they are more volatile. gopherfan99 (1777) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Bottle (brewed in 2010); pours cloudy amber with a thin tan head; aroma of sherry, wood, dark fruits, and a hint of brown sugar; taste is sweet with sherry, dark fruits, brown sugar, and wood; finish is sweet and dry with some sherry notes hman43 (1542) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2017
It pours a cloudy medium brown with little head retention. There is a slight tan head. It has aromas of toasted and breaded malts along with a strong sherry smell. It also has a nut aroma mixed in as well. There are hints of floral and spice hopes. There are also hints of plums. There sherry flavor is clearly present in the initial flavor with a sweetness to it and some wood flavors with toast and bready malts. There are nuts in the background. The hops are barely noticeable with some low fruit. It has a full body, but not quite chewy. There is very low carbonation with alcohol warmth that is pleasant. Overall this is a delightful barleywine that has a complex mixture of flavors.
chinchill (4940) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Cask pour at the 2017 ACAF.
Clear dark brown with a minimal bubbly head.
Fantastic aroma with toffee, bread and sherry. The flavor follows. Perhaps a touch too sweet.
Superb creamy smooth mouthfeel.
wombat23 (1362) - Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2017
275ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a murky copper color with a cream-colored head, which is initially very fizzy and then fades completely away in the first minute or two after pouring. Aroma of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, very sweet malt. Taste is dominated by sweet malt, with additional flavors of caramel, alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of smokiness, oak, fruitcake, cigarette ash, earth, and a bit of cooked vegetable for good measure. Cloying, alcoholic finish. SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2016
2003 Vintage from my cellar.
Clear garnet tinted medium brown with a thin ring of off-white for a head.
Complex aroma of dark dried fruits and brown sugar.
The flavor is very sweet and follows the aroma.
I can’t discern any of the Sherry cask treatment, maybe this has enough Sherry notes from it’s age. This would be much better if not so sweet as the complexities of the beer are nicely done. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Vintage 2008, purchased in 2011 and cellared for over 5 years. Poured from a 275 ml bottle.
Murky copper color with considerable fine to large sediment, no head and no lacing, but plenty of legs.
Aroma of sherry, toffee, prunes, dates and brown sugar.
Taste of brown sugar, toffee, plums, sherry, maple, raisins, charred wood and whiskey.
Very full body and medium carbonation with a fabulously rich mouthfeel.
The occasional larger bits of sediment detract from the experience. (I think I may have to filter the rest.) But otherwise, it seems to have come through the extensive cellaring with aplomb.
A very sweet, but rich and complex beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2016
2008. A little over the top sweet with lots of grain and caramel coming through the port like character. Not bad but not great. Smooth for 11%.