decaturstevo (4614) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of large esspresso and light sour malt. Sweet chocolate, espresso with a milk chocolate finish nice malt bitter with hinto sour. Full bodied with good carbonation.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Smokey and dark fruity aroma with some light bourbon. The flavor has smoke, roast, light dark fruits, and light bourbon. Awesome.
adrian910ss (2273) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a tiny very light beige head. Aroma of light smoked meat, roasted malt, blackberries, red wine and hints of bacon ? Taste is much the same as the aroma.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a trace of beige suds. Nose is smoke and chocolate with a hint of bourbon. Almost full body with a tingle. Taste is smoked sausage, dark chocolate, red wine, espresso and bourbon. Hints of dark fruits and blackberry. Absolutely beautiful integration of the smoke and two barrels.
alobar (2586) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour with no head. Aroma of smoke and berries. Very complex flavor-mostly smoke initially, but as the bee warms and amazing combination of smoke, blackberries and cabernet with hints of chocolate and maple. One of the best I’ve had in a long time!
JulienHuxley (2411) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at HF gathering. The aroma is dominated by smoke and the bourbon barrel, strong notes of vanilla, spices and oak. The cabernet barrel adds a subtle fruityness to it. Flavors are similar, yo ucan definitly feel the bourbon heat. I don’t necessarly mind a big barrel presence but I found that the base beer was a little too thin handle. My least favourite from HF, but still a good one.
blklab2007 (1857) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
notb draft pour. aroma has lots of hefty smoke over dark malt with a nice hit from the wine barrels. mouth feel is medium but coats well. flavor brings on the smoke again, wine barrels, chocolate, rich malts, with a bit of bitterness on the finish. my notes say some what old ale like.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of thirdeye 11. Black color with tan head. Smoked meat, black malt, vanilla aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Nice smoked meat, wood char, chocolate flavors--better than the other FT barrel treatments--
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is a swirl of applewood-smoked bacon, vanilla, deeply roasted malts and nearly undetectable acidity. Medium to full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The dark, carbonaceous flavor is of smoke, bitter chocolate, charcoal and black malt. Finishes burnt, medium bitter and lightly acrid. World class beer courtesy of Glouglouburp!
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter.
Pours nearly black with a thin tan head and a touch of lacing on the sides. A thin collar around the edges throughout. The nose brings quite a large amount of smoke, though not as much as in the French Oak version. The "bourbon" (actually Utopias) overtakes the cabernet a bit; though the grape character is still there and the two meld with the oak quite well.
The taste reflects aging in both of the barrels, with the bourbon character becoming a bit more prevalent; the cabernet sneaks out a bit more as it warms up. Smoke and chocolate also linger throughout. Mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth. Drinks incredibly well. A very solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2010