Fielding (58) - - APR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a big fan of sour ales. Luckily this doesnít taste like one. Appreciated the dark fruit notes in the aroma and flavor. Beautiful deep red-brown color.
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear rubied brown with a medium, fizzy and effervescent off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and light caramel malt, grapes and vinous notes, oak, earthy and wild yeast. Flavor is malt forward with grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon, oak, light bitterness, and a lush body that finishes dry. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another huge thanks to Armin! Bottle pours deep burnt ruby with an off-white head. Aroma reminds me of a freshly dumped Lodi Zin barrel (including the slight alc twinge), even though I can definitely get the Cab presence. Notes of black cherry, raspberry, caramel, plum, tobacco, and oak. Flavor is tart with additional notes of vanillin, pepper, and a definite red wine presence. Overall body is moderate, tannic, and the finish is dry. I know that a lot of people donít seem to be "fans" of this one, but I can really appreciate what they accomplished here. This one really blurs the lines and boundaries of beer/wine.
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Ari. Pours a clear deep red with a grayish head that starts and remains throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of tart dry red fruit with hints of barrel. Flavor starts with sweet dark fruit with backing oak and earthy fruit.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from The Dood. Thanks, Scott! The 2nd sour from this recent Barrel Aged Series release. Pours a reddish copper hue, some red wine darkness in the body as the beer looks very red wine hued in body. A lively carbonation and small whitish head settles to tiny ring, laces minimally. Deep reddish hue glows deeply. Aromas are lush and rich, firm red wine grapes, dry and fruity, dry tannins with some good red wine tannins, wet oak, touches of vanilla, and firm bretty funk, cobwebs and dust. A firm lactic acid quality of lemons, touches of vinegar, cherries, and more grapes. A deep fruity nose, red wine, and luscious red wine on the more fruity side, with some great lively aromas. Really digging this. Initial is a little less lively, offering lots of red wine, thinned body that is quite quaffable up front. Some soil, grapes, kiss of black cherry. Gentle toast. A lighter feel on the palate, slick, with some big dry red wine tannins into middle and finish. Some warming alcohol coats the esophagus on the way down, touches of acidity, vinegar. Red wine and Cab grapes really dry this out leaving a lasting dry Cabernet dominance. Touches of dryness, gentle funk, oak, and a touch of vinegar like sourness. Really, the red wine elements take this beer over. A bit rough for me in the finish but as compared to a red wine, it really hits the mark. Overall, itís a very interesting and impressive effort.. but why put in all that effort just to recreate the red wine experience.. A less complex one at that. Touches of prickly carbonation, sourness, and red wine dance up front. A bit rough into the finish, a solid beer and interesting move into the red wine realm. Overall, Iíd take Muscat over this likely.. But they both have strengths and weaknesses.. And their big ABV kicks seem to detract from some of the nuance they do and could further offer. I honestly feel like I just had a glass of Cab.. Yet without the complexity of the really good ones.
craftbeerdesign (2158) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Ratman197. Pours a deep ruby with a small off white head. Vinous nose with light oak, seeping undeveloped Brett and light grape notes. Med body with tart grape juice, light oak, wine barrels and deep fruit notes. Vinous finish with tannins, oak, grape skins and light Brett. Should get even better with more time.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle nottle is ressish purple. aroma of huge red wine, vinaigrette, and cherry juice. flavor is of blackberry fruit and skin, light red wine, and some grape skin...finish is slightly dry...this is the most wine i have ever experienced in a beer, and think that this beer needs a bit of time...
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ratman. Pours with a clear red grape hued body with a tan ring of foam. Aromas are hugely of wine, medium cherry, tannin, tobacco, and mild earthy funk. Huge Cab character! Flavors are earthy, tobacco, wine grape, tannin, cherries, pepper and a mild funk. To be honest it tastes like a carbonated french cab. Medium to lively bubbles, dry, and not particularly funky. Funk.
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown pour, off white head. Aroma is almost all cab Sauvignon grapes with some oaky notes. Flavor is dry, tart, red wine, light yeast. Good. But this one needs time to develop.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy red-orange pour with a tan head that receded very quickly, almost soda-like fizzy quality to it. Aroma is grape jam, hint of oak, hint of vanilla, smells slightly tart. Medium-full body, low carbonation, low alcohol warmth, 11% is hidden pretty well. Starts off slightly tart, sweet on the mid palate and finishes a little on the dry side. I expected more out of this one. I look forward to seeing how it is with a year or two under its belt.