StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
650 Ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a brownish color with red highlights and it has a small off-white head that recedes to fine ring. The aroma is malted grains and some grapes. The flavor is sweetened grapes, old sweet tarts and sort of chocolaty malts. The palate is smooth with overly fizzy carbonation. Finishes long and unpleasant with lingering acidic fruits. Overall: This is really weird. I’m not a fan.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the taproom. Murky reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of vine fruits, malt and oak. Medium-bodied with flavors of red wine, oak and earthy malt. The finish is fruity with a vinous oak and brown sugar aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
BucannonXC5 (1131) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: June 21, 2015
Consumed: June 24, 2015
Poured 1-to-2 fingers of brown, mahogany, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head.
Could see light bubbles on the top, but that’s it. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top. (Sight - 3.25)
Smelled boozy dark berries - raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry - plums, purple (red) grapes, oak, light white wine, apple cider, cherry and some red wine notes. (Smell - 3.88)
Tasted at least as good as the nose. Really like this. Getting dark berries as in raspberries, boysenberries and cherries. Also toasty malts, plums, slightly sour purple (red) grapes, brown sugar, apple cherry cider and vanilla oak. (Taste - 3.88)
Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)
I really liked this beer. Would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.00)
3.91 88 B+
Marheb (3377) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bête étrange qui mérite une certaine dose de patience et d’ouverture. C’est grosso modo un énorme biscuit hyper floral qui se boit aussi facilement qu’une mild. Le moût de raisin est là tout le long, imperturbable.
JohnnyJ (4988) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at the brewery. Brown, reddish pour, with a light tan head. Sweet malts, bread, grape, brown sugar, oak, banana, somewhat tannic, and muddled dark fruit. Not my thing.
djd07 (6441) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark amber with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is oak and strong grape. Medium mouth nice caramel, grape, oak, light booze, very good.
Blairgus (3463) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7 mar 2015, bottle. Ruby. Nose is soft bananas and bready alcohol. I don’t smell any grapes. Med body and moderately fizzy. Once again I taste wet banana bread rather than grapes. The longer I drink this te closer I get to tasting something like grape jelly. Alcohol isn’t prominent but it is malty and sweet. Nice enough. Not great.
wchesser (1533) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewery. Purple tinted brown. Nose of caramel malts, red fruit. Red grape juice, toasted sweet malts, dried red fruit. Decent stuff.
bytemesis (4935) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy chestnut, small beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is rich caramel, toffee, some vinous qualities, a bit of oakiness, dark fruits. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, a fair amount of acidity, sharp, vinous, dark sugars and dried fruits, oak tannins, grapevines, a bit earthy. Lingering sharp bitterness and some alcohol heat. Medium body.
sturmthis (941) - Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Brown color with no head. Taste is a more boozy white wine. Very smooth beer.
kathouse (1308) - Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear and deep red with a touch of foam around the edges. Primarily a sherry type aroma with some sweetness from the malts. Medium body. The wine and light fruit flavors dominate the profile and much of the old ale becomes lost. Too me, this was more of a carbonated wine than grape enhanced beer.