bleeng (1499) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as pictured. Dark coffee black with a very small tan head. Nose is coffee, roastiness, Taste starts off very bitter and biting, with a big burnt taste. Some tanginess and light spiciness. No coffee or burnt roastiness in a typical impy stout. The wine barrel aging tones this down a notch and gives it a unique flavoring. Enjoyable.
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for the present, Mark! Lots of pressure under that cork, watch where you aim it. Black pour with a lasting tan head. Vinous nose with wood and a background of chocolate. Very lively carbonation. Sweet tart flavors with wine and cherry chocolates. Dry finish. Great beer with an interesting twist.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Scott. Aroma is roasty withse noticeable Pinot character. Flavor is more of the nose with a crazy champagne mouthfeel. Did I mention the carbonation was so strong that the cage broke in half under the pressure of the bottle being opened? Really unique type of imperial stout...not normal at a all. Very good beer.
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Dodgrblu (589) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Walnut Creek; cork flew out as if it was Champagne. Thick head, roasted aroma, dry fruitiness. Not for the stout purist.
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged bottle poured a dark black color with aromas of roast, chocolate, and ash. Flavors follow suit with a light dry fruit flavor from the wine barrel. Solid stout overall, doesn’t taste like a 10 percent beer.
jbruner (2167) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with intense, bubbly tan head that leaves light lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. The flavor of the wine comes through strong out of the gate, then the chocolate note comes through. The carbonation leaves it bubbly and light on the tongue, covering the alcohol well. Interesting stuff, pretty solid for kiwis.
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very unique stout. A very odd aroma sensation for me of popped fireworks... I actually really like the taste combo of Pinot noir and stout. A lovely complexity. Finish is lightly fruity.
Thisis12ptfont (828) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of wood, oak and charcoal. Dark black in color with a thin foam top. Strong oak, sherry, grape and coffee overtones with a pleasantly thick finish with chocolate and big booze on the finish. Overall, This is a great change of pace for imperial stouts. Strong alcohol and complex flavors. I’d give this an A+ rating.
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Pours a dark brown with two and a half fingers of rocky tan/light brown head. Decent retention and a little lacing. Aroma is roasted, malty, coffee. Flavor is roasted, oak, light coffee, malty, fading into noticeable alcohol. Roasted malty finish that lingers. Pinot and barrel flavors become more noticeable as it warms. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy body. A slightly oily mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark heavy brown. Nose of roasted malt. No hints at all of PInot Noir and why the hell would one use barrels from what everyone knows is one of the lightest red wines. Man up and use Cab or Zin.