Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big port merlot Taste. Dark brown. Rich though tad thin mouthfeel. Ok drinkability.
Stuu666 (4743) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is dark fruit, sherry, taste is caramel, sweet chocolate.
Danyel (1196) - Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very winey, sweet, lots of dark fruits, figs, raisin, chocolate. Taste is rich, medium to till bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, fantastic.
Salmoniform (1137) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from tap to glass. Deep copper red hue with fizzy brown head. Aroma is wood, wine, figs, toffee, caramel. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a wood dryness and an ethanol finish. Overall this is a great brew.
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Drew
Dark brown color with dark red shades, and brownish head. The malts in the aroma are heavily caramelized, some old wood, no hops, hence very British. Good body strength, with moderate residual sweetness; dark caramel and dark malts flavor, a bit dusty and oxidized; warm alcohol and fair bitterness. Very light vinous note, that could be the Port. Nutty.
Very good, very similar to the second incarnation of Thomas Hardy’s Ale, although with a tad less character.
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark mahogany with light chocolate shake head, light fine-bubble lacing / Rich nose of dark fruit, coffee, tobacco, caramel / Full body, chewy, creamy, sweet but with excellent balance, light heat, and light bitterness on finish / Flavors of prune, date, caramel, coffee, tobacco, oak / Nice.
AgentAle (891) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is rich malts, molasses, slight smokiness and light wine notes. Taste is rich rich toffee, molasses and malts. Brown sugar notes here too. Finishes rich and sweet. Some light bitterness and liquor snap. Appearance is a dark amber with a thin pearl head that retains poorly.
Gerbeer (2108) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany with light head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of dark caramel and sugar, sweet malts, and dark raisins, and alcohol. Flavors of malt extract, dark fruit/figs, tobacco, leather, and brown sugar. Hot. Complex and very nice, but ABV is very noticeable.
dfinney23 (1957) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor includes port wine, molasses, dark fruit and toffee.
Bahumat (126) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Evil Twin Torst Back Room - Port Barrel Aged Barley Wine. -- Aroma: Hm. Not a lot to recommend here. Not much aroma, and the aroma’s more of malt than anything else, some rum and raisin in the nose. 4/10. -- Appearance: Pours very pretty thick, syrupy brown-black with almost no head. 4/5. -- Taste: Port, rum, lots and lots of alcohol present in the flavor. Fruitiness that’s pleasant, from the grapes. Long cocoa and coffee finish, along with the port. 8/10. -- Palate: Syrupy thick and smooth, with a gentle astringency and long, pleasant finish. Alcohol level diminishes from the pleasure of the finish, I think. 4/5. -- Overall: This is a really nice experiment, and a great alternative for those days you want a good beer but also want something experimental and different. As an experiment, this beer is a success. A shame about the lack of good nose, but everything else about this beer is going on well. I wouldn’t want this but a few times a year, but I think when I do I’ll appreciate it deeply. 15/20.