mcberko (12461) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Dieu du Ciel 14th anniversary party, pours black with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of burnt dark fruits, some red wine notes and slight char. Flavour is very complex, with complex red wine notes and some burnt dark fruits. The barrels make this exquisitely complex – waaay better than the regular Isseki Nicho. Excellent stuff.
Lubiere (12403) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark borwn ale with an inexistent head. In aroma, a muskey and woody aroma, soy sauce, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth and woody chocolate malt with woody oaken barrel, quite good and enticing. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.
Benzai (12389) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [from trade with "Youri" -sorry dude, your last name in French, just too hard for me to look up at the end of the tasting- @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Opaque black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, heavy alcohol initially, a hint of wood and vanilla and a touch of ash in the distance. After a while the pinot noire really comes through. Taste malts, clearly pinot noir (or at least red wine) in there and a slight touch of alcohol with some dark fruits. Lovely. One of the best, if not the best red wine barrel aged beers I’ve ever had. Actually, this is the best red wine BA I’ve ever had. Superb!
Ferris (10795) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vinous notes, dark fruit and some booze. Jet brown with a small beige head. Nice vinous dark notes, dark malts, bitterness and a long finish. Very vinous, some chocolate and a long finish. Glad it’s a small bottle.
Sammy (10681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer of the day, thanks Liam. Thick pour, like an Imperial pouter. Aroma of pepper. chocolate, coffee, roast. hoppy, drinkable. Lace sheet.
j12601 (9300) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Sweet and fruity, warm wood and grapes. Chocolate, roast, light wood and musk. Roast and cocoa. Medium bodied, sweet wood and grapes. Long musk, chocolate and bitterness on the finish.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012-12-31. Black body with a nice foamy brown head. Fruity with a mild wine influence, modest dark malt character. 7+ Flavour is lovely, rich dark malt, modest fruity character throughout, light wine, very light roast note. Smooth rich palate with light carbonation. More nuanced than I have described here, lovely stuff. Very very good. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, dark chocolate, resinous hop bitterness, toasted bread and alcohol heat converge over refreshing acidity in this cohesive and creative Barrel-Aged Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Carbonation is fluffy enough to make the residual sugars appear comfortable.
-The finish is a beautiful segue of fruity acidity and specialty malt character.
-I even get some coconut milk and curry paste subtleties underneath it all... Next time I’m opening a bottle, I’m cooking masaman curry to go with it.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.
Bottles and on gravity cask at the brewpub.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4221-20111231] Bottle. Sweet roasted nut grain aroma has a bit of chocolate cocoa. Black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Cocoa roasted wood nut flavour has a long bitter coffee finish. Full body is bitterly balanced. Delicious, impressive. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Plovmand (7670) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at CBC. Pours brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is yeast, darl fruit and light spice. The flavour is darl fruits, light chocolate, spices and some yeast. Light vinous.