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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Baltic Porter aged in French Oak that did three turns of Cab Sauv from a well known California winery in Napa Valley. Barrels were somewhat neutral so French Oak Heavy Toast spirals added to barrels about 4 months and remained till barrels were emptied. Spirals soaked in Cab Sauv for 48 hours before being placed in barrels.

First in a series of wine barrel experiments for FiftyFifty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Reddish black, thin ring of foam. Smooth, rich chocolatey cherry aroma - really nice smelling stuff here. Smooth palate, with some cherry, some chocolate and a nice winey, woody note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of Todd. Thanks, man! Pours a dark cola color; a reddish hue throughout; thin, fine-bubbled medium-tan head with solid lacing. Cocoa, bitter chocolate, and a prominent acetic / vinegary notes in the nose that slightly overshadows the vinous notes. Medium body; moderate CO2; lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, and a very lightly tart citrus character on the perimeter; some red wine notes show through as well; the acetic note doesn’t follow through from the aroma. Medium-length finish of bitter chocolate and a red fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at Blue Palm’s Third Anniversary. Pours with a deep brown body and a small tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of roast, smoke, dark fruits, vinous, red wine. Flavors of roast, smoke, dark chocolate (bitter), craisins, and pastries. Lightly carbonated and a touch on the thin side. Some read wine on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle… Mostly clear black lager with no head. In the aroma, roasty mocha and fruity acidity really stand out. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is a well balanced marriage of red wine, wood and bitter dark chocolate. Finishes tangy, roasty and woody. This tasty rarity was courtesy of wavers1. Thanks, Baker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Big thanks to hopscotch. Bottle. Reddish brown pour with thin tan head. Cabernet wine and roasted malt aromas. The taste is a little bland with very mild sour qualities. Deep roasted malts, oak, and red wine flavors....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2011
(Bottle shared by Mike!) Pours a dark brown color with a red hue. The tan head is thin. Aroma has wine, chocolate and berries. Sweet with berry/wine notes most prominent. The roasty bitterness from the porter is still detectable. Thin bodied with a slick/oily texture. Dry, winey finish. This was a nice unique beer. Not my favorite of the bunch, but it went over well with everyone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Thanks to tall and bald.(mike)...pours a nice dark brown color. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, red wine and toasted malt. Flavor is a wonderful mix of chocolatey porter and red wine. Some woody flavors are pronounced in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
A: The pour is dark brown in color with a small, light tan head. S: Smells like what you would expect. There is quite a bit of roasted malt aroma to it and some dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The red wine is quite strong with lots of red fruits and oak notes. T: There’s a nice bit of vanilla to the flavor along with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Lots of red wine flavor to the beer giving plenty of red berries, grapes, and oak. M: Medium in body with a somewhat low carbonation. O: Better than I had expected, if you don’t mind back-handed compliments. Pretty good, certainly better than Open Container.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
12oz pour @ Maproom Friday. Black with a khaki head. Nose is roasted coffee, roasted malts, and fresh coffee beans. Nice on the palate, great coffee flavor, toasty finish, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
On tap at the Map Room (Chicago, IL). Missed last night’s event, but called up after work and lo and behold, it’s still on! My true 2300th. Pours a nice blackish brown hue, a good murky haze, darker with browner edges. A small laced tan ring dies to a loose ring with just a touch of lacing. Small. Aromas are a bunch of red fruit and red wine, a good dry wine initial moves into burnt marshmellow, cocoa, and vanilla. Some smoothed out toffee, caramel. Touches of estery fruit, wet oak, with more flourishes of red wine, fairly subtle. Sweeter overall, without that winey kick I was hoping for. Initial is medium bodied, tart and dry red wine up front, wet oak, big vanilla tannins move into some mellow roasty malts, touches of cocoa, more vanilla, and marshmellow. Dries out more, well roasted, and a ton of vanilla from the oak comes out in the backend. Marshmellows, red wine, roasted malts, dry coffee and roasty ashy malts. Fairly bitter and dry, the barrel really has taken hold but not with nearly as much red wine as anticipated, a lot of vanilla that moves in with that moderate red wine dryness into the backend. Pretty pour, powerful oak, with a lot of things going on. I don’t feel it’s the best meshing of flavors but it’s a solid experiment with powerful oak (though vanilla starts to overcome, red wine back into the fold in the flavor and backend). Very interesting, if not a little rough around the edges. The red wine is great on the nose, but dies out a bit on the flavor element. Aroma really came on. A great beer regardless.

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