pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Deschutes Public House, referred to as Little Big Red. Deep amber, came out super foamy from the cask. Hoppy citrus aroma. Mellow caramel taste, with slight hints of citrus hops. Very smooth, with a lingering sweetness.
neepsntatties (1750) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample from Pavlov Badzewski. Colour...hazy orange with no head. Nose...funky fruit with orchard fruit pits and sweet spice. Palate...tart, funky and sharp with bittering and sappy oak. The cab sauv is present but fairly light. The quercus, however, is strong! The finish is long and kind of oxidized.
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber) clear amber, fine white bubbles. Nose of honey, light barrel, light pine and mix of citrus, quite malty. Taste of honey, light umami, touch grapefruit, tad herbal also, very unique, the wine barrel really makes a unique beer that tastes different than anything Iíve had.
NeuroPliny (242) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a waxed bottle. Pours copper-red with an off-white head. Aroma is like a sour gueze. Flavour is grape skin, sour mash, Cabernet, cinnamon, and yeast. High alcohol. This is unique. A red ale that is reminiscent of a lambic.
mcberko (14074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy ruby red with a small off-white head. Aroma is pretty hot, with lots of candied sugar and bready caramel malts. Flavour brings out light oxidation notes, bready malt, and very light vinous notes. Very little barrel to this and not much complexity. Leaves something to be desired. A miss from Deschutes.
douglas88 (8336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the brewpub in Portland. Great beer. Pours a reddish copper color with a medium white head. A big almost funky wine nose, berries and sweet oak. The flavor is sweet caramel, fruity hops, massive dry earthy wine, vinous, a bit of funky grape filling in. Very flavorful and soft. Excellent.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz, waxed bottle. Poured a cloudy amber color with an off white head. Citrus, fruity, caramel, wood, and a trace of the Cab. I would say the barrel aging on the subtler side.
slowrunner77 (9946) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Donít know where to start with this one. Iíve alway been a fan of Cinder Cone, and this is a double version of that aged in multiple wine barrels and blended back together. While bearing little resemblence to the base beer, you can pick out the same malts...there are just more of them. Toast and berries on the nose. Risiculously smooth and no alchohol showing. Deep complex flavor of oak, berries, toasted and carmel malts, berries and dark fruits, and a veeeery light sweet/tart thing going on. Really refined and enjoyable. Worth every penny, though this is the most expensive Deschutes beer Iíve ever seen."
kaser (5567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet Carmel candy taste. Massive beer. Cabernet barrels make sense after trying it. 22oz bottle share. Draft pour as part of a flight at Deschutes brewery in Portland.
mar (5239) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber with a thin off white head. Nose is big rich malts, wood, light wine, and caramel. Chewy palate, bold grape notes, caramel, chewy smooth finish.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, J! Pours a clear medium amber with light tan head. Big toasty caramel malty nose with soft citric notes. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Toasty caramel mid palate, not a lot of dimension or presence to the flavor. Soft finish.