jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber poured into a shaker. Pours a lightly cloudy brownish purple with minimal off-white head. Aroma of figs and dark fermented fruits with a good dose of concord wine. Taste is medium bitter. Caramel, some pine and some roasty nuts. Medium bodied with a thin texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Not really what I was expecting but still ok. I wish I would have got this fresh because I’m sure it would be a lot better. But, since I got it for $3 on the discount rack, I’ll gladly finish the bottle.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle served in Duvel snifter: Pours a reddish brown with a surprisingly short lived head and minimal lacing. The aroma has notes of grape juice, honey, brown sugar, crystal and toasted malts, and some antiseptic vapour. The taste has some fruitiness but seemed flat and almost stale. Versus most HeBrew big beers this one is rather mundane and utterly boring, not even the malt pop on this. Washed out flavor profile and chalky medicinal finish. Heck, this is not even boozy and hot like some of its stablemates and that would have even been welcomed to excite this flabby blahness. The tepid mouth feel just adds to the ... wait I dosed off there for a second, oh yeah this is a disappointing offering to say the least. Epic fail!
magsinva (1011) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - TW & More Sterling - pours a murky dark orange with a quickly vanishing white head. Aroma is a bit meaty and funky to me. This has been aging for a year so that affects things. Taste is weird, a bit bitter finishes dry. Overall, it’s OK.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a reddish brown in color with a small off-white head that faded quick and produced some very minor lacing on the glass. Aroma has the distinct concord grapiness that you would expect and sticky sweet. Some Belgian yeast. Flavor is very muddled mix of grape, mild pine hops and very sweet malts. Good experiment... the result is not that good. I have had other concord grape beers much better than this one... disappointing result from a quality brewer...
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Urge. Dark hazy reddish orange amber with a creamy tan head. Caramel grape and white wine aroma with light cola notes. Tastes of grain caramel more red wine flavors than the nose suggests and a tangy lightly sour finish with some sweet apple notes on the back end.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: June 15, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, touch of grape, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of drying earthyness, light spicyness, touch of dark fruits
Overall: a bit of a letdown this year
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. Pours cloudy amber foamy off white head, nose oxidized cardboard plums and cherries flavors oxidized malt, stale malt, plums, bland, old doughy malts
Suttree (5682) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky reddish brown, thin ring of foam. Smells like booze, bread, grape and sugar. Very heavy, almost unappealingly so. Definite grapes in the flavor, plus some brown sugar and bourbon. Lots of prune and raisin, too. I didn’t really care for it...
DiarmaidBHK (3845) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from total wine Sterling. They were guarding this stuff like it was gold. You had to ask for it by name. Talk about overkill. It’s one of the least aesthetically pleasing beers I’ve seen so far. It looks like flat coke. It smells a bit like grape juice with a slight hint of Belgian yeast. The taste is muddled. It finishes with a slight tartness. I can’t believe I bought two bottles of this crap.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours to a deep brown body with a thin tan head. The aroma and flavors are oddly figgy even though there aren’t figs in this? Perhaps some dates and prunes too. It’s pretty malty and I liked it pretty well. Sweet, but not sugary and/or sticky.