DrSilverworm (5920) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
10oz snifter on tap at Lackman. $9. 2012 vintage. Hazy dark red kind of brownish color. Thin off white head, leaves great thicker lace. Nice webs and splotches. As good looking as this could be, probably. Very nice fruity, lightly tropical hop aroma, maybe more so than Fresh double Bastard. Wine barrel seems to bring out tons of good red grape and wood tannic aroma that really helps to smooth the whole thing out, very mellow and easy drinking. I’m always shocked how smooth Fresh double Bastard is, and yet this is even smoother. Bigger body. Super smooth lighter carbonation. Kind of a creamy, full body. Lightly dry texture in the finish, though slightly slick through the crest. Fantastically complex and easy to sip, so tasty. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, light alcohol warmth. Amazing how good this is. One of the most impressive stone offerings I’ve had in a long time, probably since bourbon barrel IRS . Red wine barrel has worked wonders here. Still a very nice amount of hoppy bitterness still very much alive here, and an enhanced tropical fruity yet lightly vinous hop aroma is probably why I liked this so much, combined with a perfect texture and appearance. Fucking good stuff, so glad I dropped by Lackman on my way home just in case.... It ended up paying off handsomely.
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Hops and Pie, hazy reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruits, plum, hints of grape into some wine, oaky notes, nice sweet vanilla, hints of spice. Taste is a mix of earth, spice, some nice red wine, oak, slight grape hinto some dark fruits, lots of caramel, toffee, finishing slightly sweet, dry.
BuckeyeBoy (2612) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a cloudy copper topped with a tan head. aroma is fruit wine notes malt and some hop notes. Taste is more of the wine barrel lots of oak grgrapefruit bitterness and some rich malts.
brokensail (10606) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Barrelhouse 101. Copper pour with an off-white head. Fairly resinous, piney aroma. Some red fruits, wine, and oak. Sweet caramel, some grapefruit, and light alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet with a light bitterness. Oak, wine, pine, and grapefruit. Some wine, red fruit, and caramel malts. A touch of brown sugar and a mild tartness of grape.
IndianaRed (2315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at BitterCreek Alehouse, Boise. In a flight along with the ’11, ’12, and ’13 standard DBs Hazy redish amber with a small but lasting light tan ring. Clumps if sticky lacing crawl down the glad after each sip. Big wine barrel aroma. Sour fruit and muted bitter hops. Lots of woody musty barrel flavor that really suppresses the in-your-face DB IBU onslaught. Long sweet bitter trailer. Soft full palate. Glad I got to try this along side the others for comparison.
bb (6766) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Malt and oak aroma with light caramel. Earth and pine flavor with light grapefruit and oak. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine linger with earth, oak, caramel, and light red fruitiness.