ineedbeer (418) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very fruity with a lot of plum, prune and fig. Medium to medium light oxidation has set in adding some soy sauce and wet cardboard. Medium chocolate, light roast, light tobacco and leather. Some red wine notes as it warms.
Pours dark brown but not quite black with a small dark tan head that quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is similar to aroma but the fruit notes have a more red wine character to them. Still moderate plum and prune but now with a strong red wine element. Light oak notes with medium light chocolate and roast. Moderate tobacco and leather with light soy sauce. Light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low tannic astringency with low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer, but I donít think age has done it any favors. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin and the beer is too small to support all the fruitiness. The age has mellowed the wine notes a bit but added a level of oxidation that really doesnít help the beer.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle @Chrisí for Tampa Wkly Gathering-tan ring-mahogany. A-med malt, sour/acetic. T-med malt, med fruit-sour/acetic/vinuous.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A juicy-fruity-vinous black ale with a awkward wood and other weird stuff. Approximate attempt at something. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when around 12 months of age, a bonus bottle sent to me by MatSciGuy, thanks a lot Levi.
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head quickly dissipating to a bubbly ring of foam.
In long: Nose of burnt marshmallows, car tires, dark fruits. The aroma is not inviting at all but fortunately the rubber/car tires somehow do not show up in the taste. However the taste is kind of a strange mix bag. Roasted marshmallows, construction wood, some tannins, red wine, juicy grapes, vanilla, ink, some liquid caramel, some molasses. Unsatisfying mouthfeel with a juicy body and very low carbonation. Not too sure what to make of this one, certainly not what youíd expect from a Baltic Porter thatís for sure. The vinous character on this beer borders grapejuice territory and the virgin oak (construction wood sensation) is a bit too much for the frail juicy body. A perfect example of poorly integrated barrels. I didnít like it. Listen brewers, I donít work my ass off all day at work to get back home and drink a shitty beer like this, I certainly donít, I never work my ass off at work.
Huhzubendah (2157) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is dark brown with a half inch of beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings a heavy barrel presence. Oak, wine, roast, chocolate. A bit tannic in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-09-2012
badlizard (5519) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with no head. Big red wine, grape, cola, and chocolate aroma. Tastes of grape, black berries, red wine, currants, and chocolate taste with light oak and caramel flavors to the finish with lingering citrus notes on the far back end. Bright oily palate. Very good overall.
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours purpley-black with a transient tan smear. Aroma is strong, plummy dark fruit, with some hints of vinosity. Also a touch of burnt rubber. A pleasure to smell. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is voerripe dark fruit, med dark pitted fruit, a little treacle, some touch of vinosity, and woody astringency. Woodís not super strong, but noticeable.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours purplish black with no head and a plum and treacle aroma. Thereis a treacle and fruit flavor with an oaky wine finish,
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Thorpe429, thank you sir! Dark maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of candied chocolate covered raisins. Taste is slightly sour coffee grounds. OK.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose has some roast and a touch of chocolate. Very, very mild oak and wine character, though I honestly canít say I would have picked it out if I didnít know. A bit more of that in the flavor. Roasty with touch of chocolate and light oak and wine. Body is medium with good carbonation. Pretty good with no flaws, but not something Iíd seek out again.
Errl (1086) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11) Nose is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coconut, wood..Taste is woody, chocolate, coffee, caramel, grape..Palate is thick with chocolate, and wood.