JStax (2955) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by me at Natifest. Pours a clear amber color with no head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with some dry barrel notes. Big sweet and winey notes in the taste. Drier mouthfeel. Low carbonation.
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by JStax - thanks again, Jeremy! Pours a clear, bright red-amber with a small off-white head. Notes of oak, red wine, brown sugar, grass, florals, caramel, maraschino cherry, tannins. Just a hint of oxidization seems to be setting in. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. I much prefer the regular Grand Cru to this one.
b3shine (5301) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to taster at NatiFest. Looks solid; fairly transparent caramel orange with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of darkfruit and oak with a mild vinous presence. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Solid, but not my favorite BA beer they do.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/02/2014: AleSmith Barrel-Aged (Red Wine) Grand Cru... Belgiany beer (fruity, spicy and yeasty) dampered by the red wine. Very good. Fairly light body and well-carbonated, but it helps keep the beer light and palatable. Amber color with lots of flavor. The AleSmith Grand Cru does not disappoint and it on point compared to the previous AleSmith Grand Cru offerings.
DrSilverworm (6275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Thanks to jstax for sharing. He says this is the 2013 version. Aged in red wine barrels. Clear red orange color. Thin ring of off-white head. Dots of lace. Dark fruit, some oxidization. Moderate spicy taste, light to moderate bitter, light sweet. Light tannic taste. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly soft. Light dry finish. Interesting grand cru. Good flavor... but a bit thinner than expected.
Chudwick (2072) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml thanks to JStax - NF14 - strong barrel notes. Raisin and tripel notes. Boozy. Sweet but in check. Nice.
hopscotch (9037) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear deep-copper pour with an orange tint and little to no head. The aroma is fairly restrained, but provides delicate notes of caramel and red wine fruitiness accompanied by rumors of vanilla and coconut. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is alcoholic, acrid and woody. Red-hot, boozy finish. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr!
mcberko (6259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out red wine, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, and a little caramel. Flavour brings out Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and very subtle red wine. The red wine is more pronounced on the nose than the flavour, where it’s more subtle but still definitely there. Finishes dry and vinous. Wonderful stuff.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Matt
Hazy dark red-amber color with small head. The aroma is vinous, with vanilla oak, brandy. Too much carbonation; the mouthfeel is weaker than expected; the malt flavor is caramelly, light residual sweetness, mild wine and brandy touch, a bit dusty too; the final is dry and a bit short.
Good but not impressive.
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared among friends. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a small beige head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak, vanilla, vinous, spices, toffee, raisin, prune. Flavor follows, medium sweet, quite vinous, a bit of tartness on the finish. Medium body, just a bit of heat belying the ABV. Fuck. Not bad, but for some reason I keep getting disappointed by AleSmith BA beers.