kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a deep, opaque mahogany red color; mostly headless with a touch of patchy lacing. Tannic red fruits, vinous notes, a touch of cheesiness, and complex lightly toasted malts in the aroma; reminiscent of BFM Bon Chien 2005. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; red fruits, lightly tannic vinous notes, a touch of warming alcohol and overall a complex, red-fruit-dominated palate. Lengthy finish: red fruits and red wine, touch of tannins and bread.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml shared by argo0. Thick dark blood red or purple colored body with minimal carbonation. Nose of syrah, oak, char, plum, overripe red grapes, and a bit of booze and some phenol chemical notes as well. Tastes of prickly, tannic grape and plum skin, some wine-like oak dryness, especially developing in the finish. Very interesting, and an improvement over the original.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an extremely dark cola brown color. A bubbly, swirly, cream colored head leaves behind minimal, sudsy spotting. The aroma is fantastic, showing a wide spectrum of well integrated elements. Dry and sweet cocoa is accompanied by a touch of dark caramel, with tons of vanilla laden oak, vinous dark fruits, rum cake, and even hints of black cherry. I could smell this all day. The aroma really hypes you up for the first sip, which is unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Still very good, the sourness from the vinous elements overtakes the cocoa and caramel sweetness just a bit too much. The barrel has obviously exerted significant influence over this brew. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one finishes on the dry side for a barley wine, with a lingering tartness that is quite unique. Overall, a very cool brew that smells looks, smells, and feels wonderful, but gets a bit muddled when it comes to flavor. Still a great brew.
CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Pours a cola brown, with a small head. Aroma is interesting, with notes of wine, grapes, oak, coccoa, milk sugars and some earth. Flavor is vinous, with a touch of sourness. Very nice.
dchmela (2485) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep burgundy with a thin tannish red head. Aroma is more cabernet than ale, very dry and fruity with some hints of spice. Taste has so many wine characteristics fruity, dry, with a little malt. The fruitiness is balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Finishes dry, bitter, and fruity. A uniquie brew that is smooth and tasty. Very nice.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate brown pour tinted with red and skinned with a thin rim of nougat hued tan. Aroma is mostly a soft, lightly oxidized red wine; one full of nuance and revealing its many layers as it dies. First wash is all sweetness; cinnamon, maple, baked pear, and brown sugar. Soft black cherry and blackberry tartness in the middle. Soil and wet wood; vanilla, caramel, alcohol, bit of funk. Flavor is full of this awesome, deep maltiness and juicy tart fruit character, but it always lays back a little bit quietly and cautiously; the wine barrel is quite prominent and tends to offer mostly moldy and damp notes of earth, oak, bittersweet chocolate, raisin and mineral water. Flavors of overripe raspberry, pistachio and red grape; mid palate is very pasty and earthy with dry hints of brazil and pecan nuts that come and go. Syrupy, oily sweetness throughout, though with a consistently watery texture in the mouth; very low carbonation and seeming a bit lifeless at times. Swelling finish of warm pomegranate tartness, caramel, and heat. Really a unique, savory offering here; it could be truly memorable with a bit more punch and vibrancy and lot more malty texture. As is, it presents itself as a kind of high gravity sour brown.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle corked and wired. Brown with a fleeting head. Strong aroma is dark pit fruits with sweet spices, earthy wood and vanilla. medium body and smooth. Tastes mirrors the smell with earthy wood, cellar, and some smoky roasted malt flavors. Very much a rare and delicious treat, wish i’d made this my "first beer of the night" to further savor the flavors here.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours dark and sits black with a minimal, creamy, khaki head. Small, swirling, creamy retention. The aroma is sweet, fruity, malty and acidic with mixed notes of chocolate, black cherries, blackberries, red wine and wood. Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Vinous and fruity with dabs of chocolate and acidity. Minerally, lightly acidic and gently bitter finish. A strange, but interesting brew... a joy to drink.
jrob21 (2189) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting version of a barley wine. It’s all souped up on the fruity side and primarily the grape fruity side. Pours and almost opaque brown with a bit of an auburn tint to it. Zero head. It is incredibly smooth and almost like a light port minus the alcohol. The wine barrel aging comes through primarily in the grape flavors but there is a hint of oak in the background as well. Aroma is wood and fruit. As it warms you get a little more of a bitter sort of hop presence but very faint on the finish. Points for uniqueness.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
an oily black pour with a small brown head. oak, brandy, licorice, flowers, pink bubblegum aroma. low carbonation. apple juice, tobacco leaves, licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, red grape flavors.