HuskerTan (717) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Wine, slightly sweet, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, roasted, malty.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Wine, tannins, slightly sweet, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, malty, dry.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, semi dry finish.
O- Decent, but I thought the wine barrel aging was a little on the strong side. I have concluded that bourbon aging is better than wine aging. Rich and complex, even a wine drinker might convert over to beer with this brew.
Stuu666 (5822) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is fruity, chocolate, taste is dry and smoky, wine.
Shark_Pants (396) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice black and opaque in a tall glass with a 1 finger beige head. Aromas - chocolate, coffee, some oak, slight vanilla. Taste - coffee, less chocolate than expected, dryness and vinous character from the barrels. Definitely oak and pinot notes in the finish. Fairly full bodied. Quite enjoyable.
Tonkun (1018) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with a big mocha head. Oak, chocolate, raisin, coffee, spice. Smooth but big body. Long finish
Lupulcious85 (10) - - JUL 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a great aroma with smokey wood, chocolate and coffee. Subtle port sweetness. Hint of raisin. The flavor is more chocolate and coffee and a bit of the smokiness and some hop bitterness, all over a heavy body with a rich finish.
Anova167 (304) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky black pour with a light brown tight head. Aroma is of chocolate, alcohol, and oak. Flavor is more subtle than expected. The chocolate isn’t as pronounced as the aroma and you definitely get some of the vinous character from the barrel aging. It feels a little watery but the finish is long and tasty.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. Roastrf malt notes with dark chocolate. Smokey taste with malt and toffee. Light acidic finish. A pretty good stout. I liked it.
Mittenator (1558) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to respertftw. Dark with a brown/red hue. Tart and dry. The barrel comes at the end.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Jet black body with a creamy tan head on top. Head fills out the glass nicely and retains it’s shape for a bit.
Aroma: Oak a slightly tart cherry aroma come out first, hints of semi-dry wine and bakers chocolate next and last is a dash of dark chocolate, pine and roasted coffee. Very complex, though a bit dry on the aroma and has me thinking this may be astringent.
Taste: Creamy flavors of mocha and roasted, mildly astringent, coffee blend with hints of semi-dry fruity notes from the pinot along with a light dryness of oak tannins. The finish is long with a chalky chocolate flavor, like powdered bakers chocolate. Very nicely balanced beer, I really enjoy this.
Palate: Creamy body with mild carbonation.
Overall: This isn’t a huge stand out, but I love how creamy the body is and how smooth the flavors meld into each other. Definitely a beer I’d love to try again and again. Well done!
BREWMUSKCLES (2357) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
the good stuff. powerful licorice chocolate and coffee well balanced and smoothed out. rich mocha head. rich body what can you say great beer. busy enough there is no sense of alcohol.