maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours ack with a dirty tan head. Nose is very dark chocolate, bordering on bitter cocoa, with mildly tarty berries, black cherry like, brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Not overly sold on Pinot and stout integration. It’s really quite sweet and mildly tarty. Very soy and vegemite like as it warms which I hate. At 16% it’s a huge one and the heat isn’t overbearing in any way. I just don’t think the barrel goes with such a big beer. Normally love 8 Wired stuff but this one isn’t doing it for me
Jmar33 (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost no head, thick and syrupy looking body. Really sweet tasting with lots of wine characteristics. Couldn’t tell whether this was a wine flavoured beer or a beer flavoured wine, but whatever it was it was mighty enjoyable!
myrda (101) - - JUL 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Clairement vieillie en fut puisque le boisée ressort énormément au nez. Sombre, sans mousse. A presque le goût exact d’un vin rouge, aux arômes de cerises, cacao et poivre. Chocolat noir. Tout en un : dégustation de porto et chocolat.
SuperTiti33 (787) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noire opaque. Léger collet beige/brun. Nez: sucre/alcool. Boisé. Chocolat. Biscuit à la Mélasse. Réglisse. Cacao. Bouche: légère acidité style vin rouge. Texture de vin. Chocolaté. Petit fruit rouge. Un peu d'agrume (orange). Très boisé. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Excellente.
Muggus69 (1609) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Embassy Hotel, Brisbane
Sinister looking black beer with thin dense brown head.
Seriously complex nose; dark chocolate, espresso, toasty oak, serious Pinot-esque mulchy undertones, port-like dried fruits.
Thick, fortified-wine-like, warming, low carbonation, lingers long on the palate, there’s actually a bit of tannin & structure there.
Palate continues with dark stouty chocolate & coffee notes combining with dank oak & funky Pinot red fruits and forest floor complexity. A touch of tartness cuts through the richness. Warming finish, alcohol not shy.
A truely unique beer - it’s not just oak aged, you can actually taste Pinot Noir nuances. Very fortunate to have tried it!
jtclockwork (11248) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of port wine, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate liqueur and desert wine. Full bodied. A bit sweet.
wvhoran (454) - Tasmania, - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown to black with no head to speak of. Lots of Pinot straight away. This really needs a big snifter and some time to open up. The wine eventually makes way for a lovely warm cocoa quality, kind of sugary, a little burnt. The flavour... big Pinot notes, a decent alcohol hit which is unsurprising. Chocolate. There is a lot of sweetness here but the tartness and tannins of an immense wine-barrel character really cuts through the sweetness. I’m not sure if the pinot mellows the stout, I think it’s presence is too strongly felt.
czar (6006) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours unclear very dark brown, almost black with a very nice crema, good retention and lacing. aromatic bourbon more than vinous notes, but eh, roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt hazelnuts, maple and vanilla - never overwhelming, cola, resin, dirt, bitter coffee, warming booze, red fruity undertones - berries and raisins - very lightly tart too, wood and tannins. low carbonation, medium to full body - oily, surprisingly not cloying, maple syrup and molasses-like sweetness, bold bitter coffee-piney-tannic finish. good stuff.
Stuu666 (7325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, liquorice, sweet chocolate, rich, dry roast malts.
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color, no head. Dark chocolate/espresso aroma, wine or brandy notes, moreso wine i guess given how rounded the smell is. Gives it a little sweetness. Similar flavor, a bit of cherry or vanilla, more prominent ash note from the roast. Alcohol is subdued initially but it warms on the tongue toward the end. Wood comes out in the finish. Great example of a big stout that trends bitter rather than sweet, and the wine gives it a fairly unique character.