BeerandBlues2 (10542) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy deep amber with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is fresh oak, light vinous notes, sweet malt, earthy hops perfumey alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, moderate booze with very little red wine character, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.
Suttree (5407) - 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 (4026) - 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 (947) - 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 (3675) - Lewisburg, 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 (829) - 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 (421) - 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 (1394) - 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 (1578) - 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.