superspak (6008) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2017
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/5/2015. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, and red wine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, peppercorn, smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Mildly increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, and red wine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, peppercorn, smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, dark fruit, cherry, apricot, apple, sherry, red wine, light chocolate/cocoa, peppercorn, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small pleasant warmth with a bit of booziness lingering after the finish, but not overwhelming. Overall this is an insane barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between rich malts, fruity yeast, and barrel character. Not overly drying from the ABV and barrel presence. Lacking the butterscotch notes of some previous barrel aged versions; but still nails it on all levels, with even more added complexities. A highly amazing offering. stevoj (5569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2016
750ml bottle at share on 6/11/16. Nice medium amber body, small airy head dissipates quickly. Cognac, boozy aroma is a bit over the top at first, but settles down. taste continues with the boozy vibe, and a bit of a sweet burn. Dark grains, and lots of molasses, finishes hot and sweet.
jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle share, thanks Darrel. Pours a deep auburn brown with a small wispy beige head. Big time sweet aroma of cognac, vanilla, and wood. Taste is rich and full of sweetness. The cognac barrel plays a major role. Vanilla and toffee. Another big sweet desert beer from the Bruery. IndianaRed (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared at SteveOJ thick smooth and a bit syrupy chocolate and cynic flavores some light coffee flavors as well BuckeyeBoy (8469) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
750ml bottle pours out copper amber topped with a small fizzy head. Nose is full booze cognac barrel sweetness wow big booze. Taste is more of the big booze cognac hits you hard and a nice big sweet end.
Bule (2255) - California, USA - APR 24, 2016
750ml bottle pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Sweet port flavors and the cognac stands out. Boozy without harshness.
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Tasted from 750ml bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Vanilla, cognac, brown sugary sweetness, vanilla, and woodiness. markextrae (4485) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2015
Bottle sample, poured a deep chesnut Brown colour with a non lasting head. Leasing Some small white bubbles on top. Lot’s of thick sweet cognac in the nose, toffee, sweet caramel malts, yeast, burned rubber, and a strong alcohol notice. Taste of vanilla, riped fruits, sweet malts, the cognac barrel adds more fruit notes compared to all the bourbon versions. But somehow i’m getting a rubber note in the end. Can’t say it’s a big improvement on the bourbon versions. It’s even a big more sweet ineedbeer (2255) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma is malty with nice fruity notes as well. Good raisin and grape character with a bit of alcohol spice. Light oak and some caramel and toasted bread.
Pours similar to the others. Dark, murky brownish red. Moderately sized, tan head with good retention. Light lacing and long legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with quite a bit of malt and toasted bread. Good caramel and toffee. Lots of dark fruit and cognac character. Moderate bitterness with some alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice variant with a good cognac character. This works better than the Portuguese Brandy with more beer character left behind. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle @ Every Bruery Beer Tasting. Hazed copper pour with a small khaki head. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Definitely some brandy, a bit of white wine, baked apple, and some spice. Flavor is big on the caramel and dark brown sugar. A bit of vanilla, oak, white grape, and brandy. Some sweet cooked fruit, particularly golden raisin and plum. Has some nice characteristics, but as with all of these beers, not something you can drink a ton of.