smaynard6000 (931) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours black with a small creamy beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Interesting flavors- plenty of chocolate and cocoa as one would expect, also some spiciness with oak undertones. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel and chocolate finish. Pretty damn good.
two7offsuit (441) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet malt and coffee. Flavor is similar to the aroma.
MetalNHopHead (1205) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beers aged in wine barrels (or rum or whiskey, for that matter) are always supremely interesting. Imperial Stouts tend to be go-to selections for this type of aging. Their richness makes them a smart match with other fine elixirs. New Zealand’s Moa spends some quality time in pinot noir barrels and the end result is complex and fascinating. Moa pours jet black and has a modest head. Aroma has an awesome oak aroma with some toasted malts lingering in the background. You certainly pick up on some wine tannins, too. This beer’s vinous characteristics are even more pronounced in the flavor. Dry dark fruit tones share the space with cocoa and coffee. I was surprised by how unimposing the flavors are. In terms of feel and flavor, Moa is damn smooth. There’s some warmth in the finish but not as much as you’d expect from the 10.2% ABV. While this brew could generally be a bit bigger, this blend of wine and strong ale is not too shabby.
HuskerTan (1450) - Kearney, 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 (9531) - 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 (565) - 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 (1296) - 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 (324) - 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 (1603) - 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.