RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black brown with a small ring of foam for a head. Aroma of licorice, espresso, unsweet chocolate, black tea, red wine, and maybe the slightest hint of sulfur. A lot to wrap one’s head around. Flavor is semi sweet with dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, tea-like herbs, and plenty of dry vinous notes from the wine barrel. Finishes bitter, woodsy and dry, with an after taste of earth, wine, and heavily roasted coffee. Lingering. Medium-heavy bodied, carbonation seems a little high for the small head pour. Definitely a beer that keeps you interested.
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep obsidian. Untamed mountain of sticky khaki foam. Expressively phenolic nose is lined with gorgeous notes of chocolate sorbet, sunned leather, iron, tar, smoke, ripe raspberry, and nutty cocoa-dusted oak. Hint of English toffee and creamed coffee. Bracingly phenolic and deeply roasty with a luscious berry-laden inundation, early on. Equally juicy liquified-chocolate punch parallels the fruity vibrancy with captivating sophistication. Refined oak grip beautifully contrasts with the silky chocolate and mirrors the artfully incorporated roasty astringency. Irony "wildness" and lustrous wine-barrel extractives add lift and distinction. Profoundly ripe fruit character is absolutely dripping with fresh juiciness. Oak anchors the fudgelike richness while cleansing the palate with a stiff clench of velvety tannins in the finish, as minerals and phenols continually scrub the tongue and enliven the extravagant malt. An amazingly great beer that has seemingly improved (or at least not succumbed to oxidation, as is the case with most imperials after only a few months in the bottle) with some (brief) cellar time. A very Old World rendition, if you will, as it possesses phenolic charm and explosively bright wine notes to break what can be a monotonous style. Pinot Noir tends to be a feminine grape, but this somehow captures both the masculine muscle and feminine elegance and refinement of the grape, and displays it on a bed of perfectly dialed-in oak and multidimensional malt. Fans of Harvey’s and Boulevard Imperial Stout should really love this.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a tan head. Danky aroma. Very herbal taste. Spotty lace. Sweet tobacco character.
Kabonski (34) - - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very interesting beer to say the least. You can smell and taste hints if red wine. It's not to overpowering but you can't help tasting it with each sip. Also has a smokey and slightly bitter flavor mixed in. The beer has a silky texture and pours with an off white colored head. Like I said, it's interesting but worth a try!
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Black pour. Lasting light brown pillowy head. Lots of runny lace. Moderately heavy dark stout flavors with a definite spike from the red wine barrels. Black coffee. Sour candy. Raisin pie. Molasses. Red beets. Burnt cherries. Medium full body. Red wine barrel notes define it more and more as it warms. More notable for the sour elements than the relatively simple stout underneath.
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted and molasses for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, moderate earth for the yeast, with notes of grape, wood and tar. Head is average size, frothy, tan with good lacing and good legs, and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the very long finish is moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a lively carbonation and a chalky and very dry finish. An Imperial Stout with a nice smooth aroma and a bite in the flavor. Let this one warm up a bit.
smith4498 (3063) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gusher! Pours black with huge tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, red wine, oak, dark fruits and vanilla. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation.
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - FEB 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super buena. Muy carbonatada. Intenso el sabor a stout y tiene el tang de barricas viejas de vinos
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->snifter. Deep brown with large tan head. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Taste: cocoa, dark fruit, coffe grounds, oak, boozy. Complex but sloppy interplay. Expected more.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz green bottle. Pours black with a nice head. The aroma has plenty of roast but also is fairly strong with dark fruits almost grape like. The pinot noir barrel character really shines through. The taste is up front wine barrel character that finishes with a roasty like char. It’s a little rugged also. I wonder what the base beer tastes like as the wine barrel seems to overlap it’s potential.