mabel (8425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[8379-20160529] Bottle. Very, very wet oak aroma. Black body with red hues and a quick foamy off-white head. Red wine and oaky wine barrel and then even a little more woody oak in the flavour. Medium body is quite smooth and lovely. Very tasty but all oak and wine. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Garage Project 91 Aro, Wellington, NZ)
jercraigs (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2016-05-29. Dark brown body, nice beige head fades. 3+ Aroma is intensely oaky, with a boozy vinous red wine character that smacks you in the face on first sniff. Flavour has similar strong red wine and oak character. Lovely mix of malt and red wine below. Vanilla oak grows as you go on. Smooth average bodied palate, low carbonation. 3+ Some lovely moments but the rich oak character is overpowering for me. 6-7/3/7/3/14 2015 Vintage bottle at Garage Project - Aro 91, Wellington, NZ.
Capa (2572) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting concoction. Red in color. Full of grape and vinous flavor. Sweet. Fun. One is enough for me, though.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Black pepper, earth and black grapes coalesce over this creative crew’s enjoyable bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the deep chestnut brown.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-The mouthfeel is once again silky, a recurring theme in what I know of their lineup so far.
-The flavor profile is cohesive.
omega (885) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lovely beer that has charm and character. Dare I say a lager that I like? The addition of the noir from Escarpment (one of NZ finest) makes this a beer to savour.
Pdubyah (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ok, I thought this started off really strongly and then didn’t have the legs to carry it. But it is a nicely mellow and enjoyable beer that is neither sharp or bitter, neither is it too sweet or cloying. I don’t know what a wine drinker would think of this. Overall it’s enjoyable and makes a really pleasing change to over-hopped beers that I could be drinking.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was a surprise and I am pleased to report it was a pleasant surprise. Gorgeous red mahogany colour with a cream coloured head and an aroma of red-grape juiciness. The flavour was dominated by the juiciness of the pinot noir, which was sweetish without being cloying and endearing - like a favourite niece. Not the most lengthy finish, but I would have happily gone back for seconds if time allowed.
beer-yum (1244) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicious companion brew to their ’white’ Sauvin Nouveau. I prefer the latter myself but would gladly drink this in its stead.
inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Smells slightly fruity but that’s less exciting than the taste. It starts off very beery, dark malt, but sidles quickly into slightly sharp winey fruit, unsurprisingly not unlike a very young pinot noir. The experience ends with chocolate bitterness that lingers amongst the grape. Enjoyable, and not just for the mutant wine-beer value.