Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with an off white head. ARoma is pine, oak, caramel, residual sugar, alcohol. Taste is pine, earthy, alcohol, fruit, beet juice, a bit sour.
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Wine and malt aroma. Red wine and malt flavor with light caramel and oak. Medium bodied. Oak and a light tartness lingers with malt and wine.
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Bistro BABF.Nose is hoppy, toffee, raisins, and a sour hint. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is light funkiness, bitterness, and toffee.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite unique. It pours a hazy amber with no head. The taste is an interesting mix of sour fruit, Brettanomyces, and a little caramel malt from the base barleywine. Pine hop flavors are ever so slightly present. Overall, the barrel-aging and fruit is just too intense with this one. It’s adventurous and interesting, but even a 10% barleywine wasn’t a big enough beer to stand up to the barrel flavors.
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, grape, oak, vanilla and toffee. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of oak, grape, toffee and light vanilla with a crisp dry tart finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-amber color; fizzy, mixed-bubbled off-white head with minimal lacing. Nicely tart red and dark fruits in the aroma; fruit rollups, complex fruit leather and maltiness; quite solid; some caramel and cardboard. Relaxed carbonation; lots of peppery notes, red fruits, light alcohol, and a solidly toasty, peppery barrel character; solid beer, drinkable, minimal alcohol if any, but nothing exceptional. Medium finish of toasted malts, basic sugar, and touches of soft woodiness.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruddy brown with no head. Tart funky nose and flavor with a sour ale like influence. A decent amount of pine as well. Thinnish body.
bhensonb (13610) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Bistro BA Fest. Pours dark reddish amber. Aromas of sour, cherry and malt. Favor is sour, malt and dark fruit, like cherry. Finish is smooth, sweetish, but touch of bitter. And woody.
marcus (8687) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro Barrell Aged Fest. Pours reddish amber with a modest beige head and a sour brett aroma. There is indeed some pine in the flavor, which also has a syrupy sweetness to it.