Alphadelic (1733) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep black with a huge beige head. A very big, port-fruity wine-grape nose. But in the mouth its vinegary, not much stout flavour there at all. Very sour, very tart. The only present flavour I was expecting would have been the hint of vanilla that is very full on around in what comes across as quite a mess of a beer. I think there was probably something wrong with this.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather tall tan head.
S: Nicely tart from the dark fruit and port aromas. Thereís a fair bit of oak and wine along with a nice sweetness to go with a mild roast and dark chocolate character. Seems to be a strong graham cracker note.
T: Sweet wine/port flavors abound. Plenty of oak to it as well. The roast is somewhat mild and instead the more dominant flavors are dark fruits and sweet graham crackers. Light chocolate notes, perhaps some hints of caramel.
M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
O: This is such a solid beer. Iím not always the biggest port or port barrel aged beer fan, but this is good stuff.
cavery (35) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crazy random share at Woodshop, very kind person poured me some of this after inquiring about some of the beers I brought to share. Pure madness! This thing poured dark with a tan head, not much else in terms of lacing/retention. Dark almost completely opaque body. Smell is a chocolate cherry and slight vanilla. Whoa at the intensity of cocoa and vinous port character. The barrel has consumed the base beer Iíd say, but itís bizarre how intensely the port comes off. Iím baffled but intrigued. Weird beer, not bad at all, just the port went way more of a wine direction than I ever would have thought the base beer to go. Velvet feels with mild to missing carbonation.
bhensonb (9866) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Davis Graduate. Pours black with a little head. Sour, vinous aroma. Full bodied, sour, portish, turning a bit towards sweet burnt malt. All kinds of things - even ash I think. Finishes rather sour. Very interesting. Extremely good ale.
BuckeyeBoy (2338) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 119 of 150 a big thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a thick and rich dark brown almost black topped with a small sand head. Aroma was over the top lots of sweetness milk chocolate, vanilla, roast, and fruit. Taste was just as good as the aroma more of the sweet chocolate. Cherries stood out as well as the wine barrel.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 119/150 - Thanks JohnGalt!!! - Gave up on trying to get this long ago...Pours thick and almost black with a beige rign for a head...aroma is sweet, cherry, milk chocolate, vanilla and dk malt...very enticing...flavour is vinous, sour cherry, toffe, thin coffee and some baking cocoa...much thinner in the mouth than I expected...Iím a big fan of the idea of wine barrel aging, but I havenít really been blown away by too many of them yet...
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Super dark pour with a small head. Aroma is nice and sweet, some sour, grape, wine, sherry, port, and alcohol with some roast and vanilla. Taste is sweet and strong alcohol. A bit winey with some barrel and roasted malts. Bone dry finish and was actually pretty nice to drink. A whole different animal than Barney Flats.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For lucky review #777, time to finally review the notorious, elusive Anderson Valley 7-Year Port Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout. Bottle #122 of 150 picked up the day after the Boonville Beer Fest, waiting several hours at the brewery much to the annoyance of my girlfriend who wanted to go home and wash the mud from the rainy fest off her. Black color with a small, wispy light beige head. Great musty aroma of port, chocolate, vanilla, and berries. Flavor fell a bit short - chocolate, roasted malt, and wood were a bit overwhelmed by a somewhat jarring tart vinous/port flavor. Good but not as well-balanced and smooth as Iíd like. Palate somewhat creamy with low carbonation. Overall I feel like this is a bit too much age for a stout like Barney Flats. AV brews a good imperial stout, and if they would up the gravity of that a little more (up to about 12-13% ABV) and then put it through the same aging process, that beer could be pretty legen...wait for it...dary!
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a small light tan head. Musty, light earth aroma with lots of fruit and rich malt. Malt and rich winey fruit flavor. Medium bodied. Red wine and malt lingers with light darker malts.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2011 On tap at The Davis Graduate. It is no longer on tap there. 16 ounce sample. Aroma is woody with some light vanilla and a bit of cherry fruitiness. Has some underlying metallic choco roasty notes. Pleasant. Lightly transparent mahogany body with a quickly dissipating small khaki head. Starts a bit fruity and lightly astringent. There is a bit of barrel funk present. Definitely some woody and vanilla notes in the middle, followed by a roasty choco smokiness. Lingering barrel flavors last. Pretty tasty, but has a dry, bitter, boozy, lingering flavor. Gets rather overwhelming after about 8 ounces.(8/3/7/3/13)---- ounce sample on tap at the Davis Grad. I got the last pour as the keg kicked. The aroma is really nice with hints of bourbon. There is a noticeable pleasant choco sweet maltiness that is underlying. Well-balanced aroma which has just a bit of underlying funk. Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a smallish tan head present. Starts a little sour with acetic acid funk. Not too bad, very mild acetic notes. Finishes with a light choco and roasted maltiness. A little smoke character is imparted. This is a little thin, but some coffee notes come in at the very end.