DSG (15035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017
[2/1/17] Bottle at Mystic Brewery in Chelsea. Dark brown. Complex aroma with wine, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, oak, cookies, a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor with vanilla, bourbon, wine, dark fruits, caramel, some cookies. Rounded mouthfeel. Very good. Chalumeaux (1620) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2016 Poured from bottle dark brown with minimal head. Aromas of caramel malt bread brown sugar and vanilla. Taste follows aroma with a nice barrel finish. italianjohn (3193) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Odd Port Wine looking bottle with internal cork .... dark ruby pour with no carbonation even upon opening and no head .... aroma is very quadish, with dark fruits (think plum/fig), candi sugar and some soy sauce in there .... taste is of a quad, dark fruits like plums and figs, sugar, candi sugar, chocolate, soy sauce is more apparent in the taste, for 14% this is incredibly smooth ... reminds me of aged sam adams triple bock I had years ago .... body is flat.... mouthfeel is a bit slick ..... were these guys aiming for this to be a poor mans utopias? some lingering bitterness on the backend finish with dark fruits and candi sugar .... aged well and a solid brew for its abv thornecb (5995) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours deep brown into a snifter. Crackly tan head recedes to nothing. Alcohol-soaked dark dried pit fruit aromas. Dark caramel and hot soy upfront turning to pit fruit before the lasting alcohol burn. jtclockwork (16951) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle- pours dark brown- nose and taste of vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark nuts - medium body
ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2015
2014 bottle, sampled at Ball Square Fine Wines, 12/4/15.Flanfl (812) - Lyon, FRANCE - NOV 22, 2015
A ruddy brown body has a tan ring of bubbles that rapidly fizzles. Clarity is moderate to moderately-high.
Bourbon, brandy, light milk chocolate and all sorts of brown sugar, vanilla, concentrated honey and other such notes. It’s much more of a Belgian nose than an American barleywine. Though it’s still difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s going on here. Certainly the alcohol adds to the aroma but as the beer is going on two years old, it’s much more mellow heat-wise. Smells pretty good, overall. If I was pressed, I’d say dry milk chocolate, soft cherry/strawberry/apple esters, mild toffee and lightly spicy whiskey are the key aromatics here.
Pretty close to still, though very chewy and appropriately attenuated, with plentiful fruitiness, light caramel/toffee sweetness and nutty wood notes with just a touch of light bourbon mixing with the chocolate character. Surprisingly mellow, though maybe that’s not such a surprise given its age now.
It seems like they made a lot of the most recent batch (batch 2?, early 2014?) and have done periodic releases, as well as the De Cacao release (a portion aged on cacao nibs).
Deep brown body, no head. Crazy aroma, lots of stuff, coffee liquor, dark toffee, wood, vanilla, sherr notes, vinous, alcohol. As many flavours, oak, dried fruits (plum), toffee, port like notes. Long warm finish that ends bitter and a bit dry. Full body, barely any carbonation. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2014
sample at extreme beer fest, this is great, huge syrup belgian falvors without being clying. The barrel aging added many levels of flavors without adding sweetness. I was a fan. Leighton (21879) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Draft at the brewery - Chelsea, Boston. Pours clear, honey-amber with a few bubbles for a head; the beer is mostly flat. Rich stuff with signs of mild oxidation, toffee, bread, old wood, mellow leaves, some leathery fruits. Full bodied with soft carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Warming finish with further oxidation characteristics - leather, toffee, well-ripened fruits. Tasty and pretty interesting. But bottles of this beer are wicked expensive. williamstome (1909) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Brown pour, Big fruity aroma of apple cider and brown sugar.
Tastes like apple cider, alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel.