dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap better weather fest: App: s black with thick tan head. Aroma of malts and roast with a sweet brown sugar marshmallow back end. Taste is aroma but not as sweet with a bit of barrel oak coming through. Palate is thick and chewy. great winter beer. quite nice.
Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate, wood and tannic alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy complex sweet toasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
alexsdad06 (3824) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle via trade (sorry the name rubbed off). Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma had wood, roasted malts, dark fruits and red wine with mild sweetness. The flavor had a nice blending of red wine vinous notes, wood, and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate. medium bodied and pretty tasty. I like what the barrel did for this.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, vinous, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, vinous, light ash, and cherries.
b3shine (3513) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells good; malt and wood. Tastes like it smells with nice red wine notes. Good on the palate too. Nice!
anders37 (14730) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a fruiy roasted malty red wine aroma with hints of chocolate. Sweetish roasted malty oaky red wine and dark fruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roastred malty fruity oaky winy finish.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark brown color, light brown head. Poured at Blue Palms during RBSG. Aroma starts out with some roasted malt and dark cherry and then carries over to some nice red wine notes. Flavor has big presence of a nice bold red wine, cherries, roasted malt and some chocolate.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Blue Palms during RBSG 2012. Pours darkest brown with a thin tan ring of head. Sweet coffee aroma, iced coffee, sugar. Flavor is heavy on the wine and barrel, with vinous acidic grapes and wood. Tastes like more of a brown ale, maybe because the wine has thinned out the body and added some astringency. Aftertaste of generic coffee with minor wine notes. A little too modest in body and flavor.
brokensail (9154) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours black in color with a small tan head. Nose is roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit, and oak. Quite vinous with lots of red wine aroma, light smoke, and a bit of tart berry. The red wine character is very strong on the palate. Dark, roasted malt flavor, some chocolate, charred oak, and a bit of tart red fruits/berries. Nice full body on this.
KyotoLefty (5573) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG 2012. Chocolate and red wine nose. Sweet milky flavor, with berries, vanilla, chocolate and a sour tang. Nicely smooth body. A strange, rather original beer.