Corndog (12) - - MAR 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Massive head, fruity spicy nose, heavy grape flavour and sourness, big alcohol over the top. Pinot flavour dominates. Had trouble finishing it.
Chuggsta (9) - - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured very heady. Aroma estery, sweet and spicy. Big dark malt flavour, can taste the oak, spicy, alcoholic, bit over the top for my taste.
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle - pours jet black, with huge, rocky, cascading tan head. Frothy like the foam of the ocean. Beautiful thick lacing. Nose is changing, with slightly sour notes, more sweet drawn coffee, milk chocolate, red berry notes, vanilla yum yum and distinctly complex. Taste is coffee, dark plums, mocha, dark grains, and roasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied, long finish, excellent palate. Creamy and touch of bitterness on the finish. Yes.
Ratman197 (9554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml corked and caged green bopttle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, red wine, dark chocolate and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, red wine and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty red wine finish.
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is very roasty. Flavor follows with some wine barrel tones and darker stout ones.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle donated by my buddy durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Another hit from these Kiwis. Nicely hefty pour, sinuous but not soupy and with a righteously raucous head. The base beer is mocha and dark fruit for sure, which you certainly get in abundance in the nose, and it’s a nice idea to complement this with the pinot aging, which accentuates these qualities. Silky body, elegant and balanced throughout, a nice changeup from a lot of the overly boozy and/or aggressive imperial stouts out there.
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque flat black with a creamy tan head. On the nose you get the barrel/Pinot, the dark roasted malt, licorice, dark stonefruit. It's smooth on the tongue, with those same notes amplified, a lot of raisin, a tannic/fruity finish. Suspect flavors would meld more with age, but pretty nice all around.
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Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at beers of the world. Aroma is tart with notes of sweet cherry, dark chocolate and red wine vinegar. Pours black with a red tint and plenty of white head. Taste is bitter with a roast chocolate with a wine vinegar and cherries. This was way too carbonated and actually distracted from the flavor. Overall, I would not recommend this one.
dfinney23 (1596) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dry, almost astringent finish heavy on tannins makes this really unusual. Almost too bitter.
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is Pinot Noir right off the bat, i didn’t even have to stick my nose in the glass to smell it, vinegary, then all the trademarks like chocolate, roasted malts, very interesting and appealing. The taste is more in the straight up imperial stout vein, with a little sourness and maybe some wine notes, dried cocoa and coffee are prominent, especially in the finish. Body is not as thick as other impy stouts, carbonation is medium to almost high. Overall I thought it was great, very tasty, those Pinot grapes really show through, excellent.