brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours almost black with a small off-white/tan head. Definitely some vinegar. Tart fruit notes such as cherry and blackberry. Maybe a bit of port. The flavor is similarly vinegary. Maye some chocolate and roast, definitely a bit of port and fruit. Medium body and low to medium carbonation.
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromasof port, roasted malt, light dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of port, roasted malt and light cocoa with a crisp dry lingering fruity finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Dark black with a thin finger of chocolate colored frothy head with a bit of red. Fades slowly with some nice lacing.
S - Big roasted and burnt chocolate malts with some sour notes and some dark grape. Bit of booze comes through.
T - Big red grape and sour notes with some roasted chocolate malt in the background. Through the middle, some stronger malt character comes through when some more sourness and some oak. The finish is a mix of sour flavor, some dark grape, and some roasted chocolate that lingers.
M - Full bodied moderate carbonation. Nice and sour with some warming as it finishes.
D - Very drinkable. The port flavor is nicely balanced with the stout base beer.
joeneugs (3244) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Barrel House. It pours black with a brown head. The aroma is strong with sour wine and acetic acid vinegar. Not much roasted malt except for hints of cocoa and wood. The flavor has sweeter notes of caramel that balance the potent hit of vinegar. The finish is rather harsh.
marcus (6498) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the barrel house. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a strong bourbon and chocolate aroma. There is a sour dark malt flavor witih some plum and a warming bourbon trail.