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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Aged for many months in American oak barrels previously home to premium Californian Zinfandel and Cabernet wines, this beer has been guided at every step of its evolution to create the perfect blend of beer and wine essences. An artisan gem, we invite you to slowly savor the hints of vanilla, pear, apricot and floral overtones smoothed and harmonized by the rich, mellow oak of the barrels.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, - OCT 18, 2012
Bottled. A golden/amber beer with a small white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, honey. Taste is also malty, sweet, honey, fruity. caramel. NOtes of wood. Medim/light body and low carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle #27 of 216. I acquired back when these were first released (I think in either late 2008 or early 2009). Pour is caramel-colored, with only a little head. Aroma is old grain / caramel malt (shows some age) and some light lemon / acidity. Flavor is actually more lemony than anything else; I assume from the oak and aging. The body is a little thin, and it was probably a mistake to wait so long to drink this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
7/24/09. 750mL bottle, courtesy of joet, #40/220. Clear honey golden with small off-white head, low retention. Aroma of light tangy red wine and some toasted malts. Flavor has stronger tangy wine and lemon, some pale malts, bitterness at a 2 and acidity at a 3. Faint carbonation, light body. Strange, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Corked and "double-dipped" 750. Pours a hazy tan-copper with a thin ring of coarse lacing. Light applesauce and honey aroma Dry musty light malts with the wood notes coming though but lightly. Light bodied and lively carbonation Faint sweetness on the trailer. Very pleasent but not necessarily memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
On tap at Rose & Crown on Mayfield Brewing night. Large pour for $7, which as I stated in my other Mayfield reviews is a HUGE discount compared to the astronomical price of bottles of this beer. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small white head and some good lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, apple, wood, and light fruits. A bit of white wine detectable. The description says it was aged in red wine barrels, but I have a hard time believing that. Some floral notes as well. The smell of this is interesting, but whether it smells "good" is another story. For me the juryís still out on that one. Flavor is woody and mildly vinous, a little oxidized. This beer may have been a little too light to hold up to -bal aging like this, and it seems almost a bit stale because of it. Still itís not at all bad. I got caramel malt, apple juice, pear, vanilla, spices, and very subtle floral hops. Medium-light body, average carbonation. Fairly dry on the palate. Drinkable if nothing else. WAY too expensive at $43/bottle. Iím not sure where that price point came from, but itís completely absurd. I wouldnít recommend shelling out that much for it, but if you can ever get it for a reasonable price on tap (which I donít think happens very often), itís worth a try.

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