anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @the brewery. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty dry wine, raisin and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy woody wine and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody wine finish with hints of dark fruit.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head. The wine gives the beer a very fruity aroma. Lots of grape and red fruit notes with plenty of oak, too. Very sweet from all the wine as well as the natural sweetness of the brown sugar, caramel, and toffee notes. The flavor is slightly oxidized with a hint of chocolate. Good caramel and brown sugar and tons of red wine and red grape flavor.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Slightly hazy toffee colored beer with a cream colored head. Caramel/toffee aroma with big fruit and light barrel notes. Fruity, caramel flavor with light earth and light barrel notes. Medium bodied. Fruitiness lingers with caramel/toffee and some earthiness.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mohagany brown with a fizzy tan head. Strong aroma of molasses caramel sour grape and oak aroma. Tart caramel molasses and raisin taste with big wine and oak flavors on the back end and a smooth grape finish.
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Ballast Point. Pours a deeper hazy brownish amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, wine notes, tobacco, vanilla and woody notes. Flavor
of oak, tobacco, dark fruits, toffee, nuts, wine and vanilla.
JohnnyJ (4357) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone Oakquinoz 2012. Orange/amber pour, thin off-white head. Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, raisin, red wine grape, and oak. A pretty good barleywine, but to sweet for me.
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown amber color. Huge vanilla oak nose, chocolate and oranges. Amazing nose. Lingering oak. Hit you upside the face with oak and chocolate. Very balanced mouth. Smooth Luscious finish. Lingering brown sugar finish.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Father’s Office Santa Monica. Slightly hazy very deep Ruby with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Big tobacco bourbon nose with some caramel toffee notes--only getting a hint of red wine. Ah, there you are. Definite red wine going in the flavor, along with a little bourbon. The wine dries out the caramel and toffee notes very well. I thought it’d taste like Angel’s Share by the aroma, but the Syrah changed it considerably. Dark dry fruits--namely red grapes--are aplenty. Not getting as much leathery tobacco, but is still present. Semi-dry with bitterness at a 3 that lingers. Some boozy alcohol noted warming my throat and belly. Big full syrupy body with light prickly carbonation. Very good. The Syrah did get stronger in the aroma as it warmed up.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Old Grove. Pours a caramel color with lots a red hues
Soapy eggshell head. Aroma is candied sugar, hops and some vinous motes. Taste is sweet with lots of alcohol burn! Some bitterness and vinous notes too. Full bodied and sticky, but really hot.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draft @ the Hollingshead party)Honestly this was kinda a mess.I did not care for the wine characteristics in it.It just didn’t melt together like I think it should.