NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour with a tan head. Big oak aromas upfront with roasted malt, pinot noir, and coffee notes. Flavor is all about the barrel. Lots of oak character with wine and tannin notes coming through all backed by the big roasty stout character. So complex! This was very well done. An awesome example of the style and what good barrel-aging can do to a beer.
kerrmatt (27) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Oak, oak and more oak, love it. Some nice pinot noir tannins and fruit coming through on the back of a deliciously strong stout. I suspect there was a decent bit of leftover pinot noir in the barrels used for aging. Good winter warmer or late summer evening wind down. Great beer as is but.. something seems missing to me, maybe add some manuka smokiness, more depth with a bit of extra hop complexity to the backbone. Thanks Moa.
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rusty black with a chocolate beige lacy head. The nose is red wine, currant, and craisins. The pallet is dark chocolate, astringent over steeped tea, a little smoke and finishes with a oaky bitter sweet chocolate. Overall a very complex and enjoyable beer.
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GothGargoyle (1568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with a nice beige head. Aroma is toasted wood, dates, raisins, liquorice, coffee, hint of leather & booze. Full bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate with a bitter roasty finish. Taste is liquorice, coffee, burnt wood, roasted grains, dates, molasses.
badgerben (4563) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with a small head. Very light aroma of dark cocoa. Flavor is mostly chocolate. A bit of a winey character and some oak. Almost some smoke. Very chalky mouthfeel.
kiwianer (3425) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is robust, body black. It smells roasty, orange, alcoholic. The taste is roasty, orange, alcoholic, aromatic and hopintensive, also alcoholic. 4.1
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz. bottle from Party Source. Pours black with a medium sized creamy tan head. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, wood, some Pinot Noir character, and mild tartness. The flavor shows the barrel notes overtaking the roasted malts and dark chocolate base. Big vinous, oak character. Smooth drinking, medium bodied. The abv is mostly hidden. Interesting, but I would like more of the base to come through.
ShaneJ (666) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer Cartel. Darkest brown, almost black, thin creamy head, woody/oaky/roasty/chocolatey aroma, dry, roasty bitterness, sweet chocolate, alcohol well hidden, medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Nice enough.
Jyro (11) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark, with a small amount of creamy tan head. Definitely a boozey, alchohol taste, with chocolate and malt elements. The "texture" was a little disappointing, as was the aroma, but at the same time it was rich, syrupy, and presented itself as a nice dessert beer.
sonnycheeba (4100) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, plums, raisins, floral notes, and light spice. Flavor is dry, roast malt base with milk chocolate, faint espresso, dark fruit esters, and faint floral hops; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.