luttonm (6004) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Portland tasting. Dark cherry wood brown, fairly clear. Thin ring. Dense apple cider spice. Chalkly. Fair. Light vegetal caramel. Ok, quite vegetal.
SudsMcDuff (8319) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brandy? did you say brandy? gotta love anything to do with brandy! unless it’s a girl named brandy. because all brandys are either crazy or terrible singers. i’d try avoid both. but this beer is awesome. deep malt, brandy, and wood. smooth mouth. medium finish. a bit soulless but tasty stuff.
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a hazy copper with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is toffee, candy sugar, brandy. Medium mouth, strong booze, caramel, sweet, very good.
Sarlacc83 (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Belmont.
A: Mahogany body with a cappuccino head.
N: Brandy, toffee, pine, earth, some cherry, raisin and prune, licorice, touch of molasses. Touch of iron and minerality. Some char.
T: Sweet and slightly bitter.
M: Medium body, creamy carbonation, a touch of alcohol burn.
O: A solid barleywine with some good brandy notes.
slowrunner77 (11659) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Tap at PDX Green Dragon. Pretty standard barleywine (in a good way) before the barrel. Strong on both malt and hops, though with the extra aging, the malt and the brandy win out. Good job with not overdoing the brandy and oak."
JaBier (7705) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest V on 7/11/14. Clear brownish copper in color with a thin tan head. Aroma of booze, caramel, toffee and malt. Malty and caramelly flavor with some chocolate notes before a boozy finish.
after4ever (8019) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a rich dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Big peaty chocolatey nose, showing oak as well. Creamy thick body, almost sticky, lively carb. Peat and chocolate and brown bread and nuts and cola knocking around the mid palate, along with some soft vanilla and oak counterpoint. Very, very nice.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Had also had on draft in April 2013 when Oakshire Public House opened. Pours a dark brown, fairly cloudy little to no head. Aroma sharp, brandy forward, dark fruit, oak, really nice. Body thick, rich, full, with a lingering brandy flavor. Something a bit sharp about it, too, could be brandy, maybe not, but the bottle is tasting surprisingly less mellow than I remember the draft being. A good beer, but not amazing.
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Holiday Ale Festival, listed as Oakshire Brandywine. Pours a dark copper color with a medium beige head. A sweet brandy nose, some toffee and dark candies. The flavor is more heat, a bit of sweet dry malts, rum cake, light oxidation. Marmalade. Quite good. Unusual.
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very darkly ruddy with a light tan head. Aroma is cinnamon!?! Full bodied. A little heat. Flavor is brown sugar, winy grape, brandy, oak, and once again cinnamon. Or is that a combo of brown sugar and chocolate? Great stuff. Has sort of a brandy burn.