Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Waxed top bottle. Geez, those things are a pain. Anyhoo, brownish red, loose khaki colored head. Smells like wine, vanilla, and some subtle cherry-like notes. Taste is lightly tart, some vanilla, some red wine. Seems like some tannins come through as it warms.
nearbeer (3724) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml waxed bottle. Nice aroma of red wine, oak, vanilla and a touch of earthy chocolate. Tastes of the same mix, and develops more into lightly tart, dark berry wine with a touch of peppery-cocoa spiciness. Near-medium body has a good balance, smooth low-medium carbonation and shows only a touch of the 9%. Obviously this one has lots of flavorful help from the barrel, but I don’t think the currently listed commercial description "The Knickerbocker Red is placed in Cabernet Barrels to age" is all of the story. How does barreling a mediocre 7% abv American Amber turn it into a tasty 9% Belgian Red?
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - I wanted to like this one, but I don’t love the base beer so barrel aging it in wine barrels didn’t make it any less boring. Anyway, it’s dry and astringent, not getting as much wine as I would like.
DiarmaidBHK (3395) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from wish you were beer. Pours ruby red with a thin khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Has a bit of red wine thing on the nose. A bit watery on the tongue. I expected the barrel influence to be larger than this. It does hide the booze well.
Nero55 (720) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Taproom. Hazy red/brown with small tan head. Aroma or red wine, oak, and some floral notes. Medium body, strong oak notes, some bitterness, and a slight tartness. The oak really overwhelms.
Malaclemys (386) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taproom, draft pours red-brown with brown head. Aroma is heavy oak, fruity solvent, wine, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is oak, vanilla, bourbon-like, slight tartness. Bitter finish with some alcohol warmth. Medium-light body. Interesting beer, maybe a bit too bitter to go with the very woody flavors.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Poured a slightly hazy reddish amber. Big, fruity, vinous aroma. Flavor is dominated by oak, vanilla, and some woody earthiness and bitterness; no yeast or funk to speak of. The brewer I talked to acknowledged that the wood blotted out the Belgian notes. But, man, the power of that barrel. Pretty tasty nonetheless.
Itzjerm (1287) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An improvement to the knickbocker. But still not really impressed. Very thin on the tongue. Bitterness is balanced out. Slight Sour Barrel flavor.