slowrunner77 (1920) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Insanely complex, and a perfect "contemplative yet highly drinkable" brew. Hints at so many things yet was so mellow at the same time. Hard to score and judge for sure. I don’t know how many 10% 750’s I’d like to sit down with by myself, but this was one. Toffee and candi sugar sweetness. Tartness and layers of oak and tobacco and dark fruit from the barrels are all so subtle but definitely all there. 10% blends in seemlessly! I like that this imparted the vinous character from the oak without becoming too wild. The original beer still shines, but this was also a whole ’nother animal. Stuck between 4.3-4, This is better than soooooo many of the 99-100th percentile beers on rb, yet is "only" a 95. :) An underrated gem."
PhillyCraft (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Eric, pours maroon brown with notes of boozy plum, cherries, fig, dates, vino and Belgian malt . Medium bodied with an overall Belgian strong flavor.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Natifest ’14. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit, wood and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a solid beer.
JStax (2980) - 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 (6509) - 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 (5433) - 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 (3010) - 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 (6374) - 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 (2145) - 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 (9161) - 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!