jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet caramel aroma with dark fruit and grapes. Maybe a hint of orange. Sweet flavor with caramel and dark fruit. Hints of grape, chocolate and brown sugar. Finish is smooth and sweet and similar to the flavor with an added hint of citrus.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - "Brewed in 2010 with Cannonau Grapes". Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a short beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, grapes, sweet malt, soft grains, and caramel. Taste is big caramel and dark fruit notes with more grape in the background, powdered cocoa, soft grains and candyish notes. Body is medium-full with a soft, creamy carbonation. Ends with more dark fruit, grapes, caramel, sweet malt notes, and grains.
Tmoney99 (10545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex malt, dark grapes and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced grape sweet flavor with a medium to heavy grape sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
jtclockwork (8173) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black. Wonderful full aroma of toffee, caramel, molasses, red grapes, orange peel and barley grains. Taste is the same, but less powerful. Medium body - maybe a little light for the ABV, but still satisfying.
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Reddish-black or dark brown in color without much head to speak of. The aroma is rather vinous with a considerable roast/charcoal presence. Complex for sure, with some dark chocolate. The flavor is like a red wine/porter hybrid, very roasty with bitter chocolate notes. Medium-bodied with a low, wine-like almost, carbonation level. A nice unique beer overall.
Zarin (202) - ITALY - JUL 9, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: fruits, grapes, yeasts
Appearance: dark ruby
Taste: complex, winey, a bit of acid, quite perfect. This is elegance!
Palate: full body
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big red wine character comes through in the aroma and flavor. Light chocolatey-ness and yeasty-ness reminds me of a chocolate malted.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one at the UDRBM, 31-07-2010. Black colored brew. Dark fruits in the aroma. Flavor has malts, coffee, spices, some dark fruits. Creamy.
dEnk (3773) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ meeting.
Deep brownish black, small tanned head.
Aroma of liquorice, caramel, coffee and peat.
Flavour is bittersweet of coffee, malt, spices, some earth, some metal and dark fruits. Very creamy.
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL cobalt bottle, at least a few years old. Poured rich garnet-tinted brown with a lovely cap of deeper beige head. The aroma picked up a blend of dark and milkier chocolates paired with sweet vanilla, molasses, and toasted nutty notes.. a touch of tart oak accented, but it carried through very little vinous character.. most excellent cocoa impression on the back. The flavor also had a lot of chocolate character.. darker notes at the core laced with alcohol-fueled molasses, and sweeter vanilla and cocoa notes extending outward.. nutty sweetness and light earthy bitterness on the edges.. light oxidation gave a welcome extra layer of character.. finished dry and lightly-roasted with a little bit of rough rubbing alcohol. Medium-bodied and kind of slick on the palate, not really catching itself until it got to the back.. tart oak complemented the brew, but again the vinous character was almost a nonentity.. overall a very tasty and enjoyable brew!