TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Tap at Chucks, supplied to me by Deyholla. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Taste is surprisingly smooth, toffee, strong but not a burning boozy. deyholla (12702) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at Chuck’s Hop Shop. Pours a cloudy amber with a brown hue and no head whatsoever. Aroma has lots of toffee, caramel and raisin with a touch of booze backing. Flavor has strong caramel and toffee with light bourbon and booze supporting. ACHops (1726) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2016
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours thick murky reddish brown with no head whatsoever. Aroma is huge sweet booziness - notes of port, rum, and bourbon all jump out. Big barrel flavors too, leather, oak, dried fruit. Taste is similar - sweet boozy barrel notes dominate, apple and peach jam, figs, toffee, port, rich aged barrel flavors. Heavy, viscous mouthfeel. I don’t get any Brett here, though it could just be obscured by everything else going on. Plenty boozy, but drinks way easier than 16%. Solid beer. cobaink2 (872) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2016
This is very chocolatey and very boozy. Lots of everything going on here. Lots of really interesting things going on here.
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Pouring at EBF 2016. Pours a hazed brown with a thin tan head. Big coffee, cocoa, roast. Toast, caramel, chocolate, and a touch of peach. Madeira style big oxidation, rather yummy.
Minderbinder (3468) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours mahogany with low to no head. Aroma is of very extreme brown sugar, cardboard. Taste is of molasses, resin, plums, brown sugar, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied, soft carbonation. Overall: Quite heavy, cloying. vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Draft at EBF. Brown muddy pour. Sweet malty, fruit, cognac, brett, oak aromas. Flavors are cognac, light peach, sweetness, booziness and oak. czar (9681) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
tap at EBF 2016. unclear medium dark brown with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. intense fragrant chocolate and raisins, burnt hard sugars - burnt treacle; spicy belgian yeast - trappist-like; sweet coffee, raspberry cake. low carbonation, full body - very thick; almost cloying raisin-spicy finish. very dense maltiness - spectacular (dried) raisins features. much enjoyed this high abv barleywine/sipper. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2016
EBF 2016. Pours a lifeless brown with a slight bubbly rim that doesn’t leave any lacing. Nose is of really dark sugars, not candi but dark unrefined sugars. Really sweet: maple sugar, maple syrup, toffee, demerara, brown sugar. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Really, really sweet and almost cloying but at least there was some bitter alcohol in the finish. Never thought it was this high ABV but I didn’t feel much of the barrel aging or special ingredients either... A bit messy and just too sweet. Still an interesting experiment. ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Draught at EBF, 2/5/16.
Jesus. Did not realize this thing was 16%!! Yikes, and to thing I’m almost always turned off by ultra high abv beers. Wasn’t the case here and I even went back for more a few times.
Not a particularly dark beer, with a deep auburn-amber color, modest clarity and a fleeting beige head.
The nose shows off plentiful barrel notes; raisin, grapeskin, plum, oak and a good dose of rich, malty toffee and vanilla, a la Angel’s Share. Peaches are notable, adding an actual dry, fruity, acidic character to the nose and helping counteract the vast maltiness. Don’t get any brett in the nose, but there’s certainly some vague Belgian character to it; it’s not just a heavy-handed American Barleywine with no finesse or variation. Alcohol, while certainly inevitably notable at 16% doesn’t seem to suggest it’s nearly this high. It helps that the peach notes and cognac barrel cover it up/mix with it, while the huge maltiness soaks a lot of it up as well.
The flavor is the best part of the beer, IMHO. Brandy-soaked peaches are perfectly pitted against, rich, wonderfully extracted malts with layers of toffee, vanilla, raisin and light phenolics/acids from the brett. Soft, malty and with ample, tight carbonation, it’s shockingly easy to drink. The cognac flavors carry through to the finish, but never become harsh/astringent, nor does the sweetness ever get out of control. Really f-in good beer and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it, given my relative indifference to Angel’s Share (though this is quite a bit different than that line).