CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly-carbonated barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, spotty light tan head. Complex aroma of funky sour cherries, oak and dark caramel malt with a hint of molasses and dark chocolate. Body starts semi-viscous and lightly sweet yielding to a crisp, vinous tartness with some oaky leathery character before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering toffee and black cherries. An interesting, well-balanced and enjoyable wine-barrel-aged brew.
AmEricanbrew (6636) - Same Trailer, Different Park, 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.
Pailhead (6322) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma is very vinous with notes of sweet and tart cherries along with some chocolate and faint oak. It pours brown with some red highlights when held to the light. It has a small beige head that diminishes almost instantly. The flavor starts with a light mixture of chocolate and caramel and then turns light-moderately vinous. The finish has mild cherry and grape tartness along with some light oak. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
vtafro (6238) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle(old as hell). Dark pour with tan head. Dark tart fruit, wine, oak aromas. Charred malt, chocolate, wine, cherry, oak and smoke?
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy and opaque deep burgundy color ale with light bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sour and oak notes are pretty intense with distinctive sweet barley notes also noticeable. Taste is a unique mix between some vinous tart notes with light cherry (which may originated from the oak) and some sweet barley notes. Carbonation is low with a full non-filtrated body and no alcohol was showing. Very particular, complex and challenging.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black with a short lived white head. Chocolate, berry, and red wine aroma. Nice creamy palate. Tastes of mild chocolate, vanilla, berry, red wine, and oak. This would be a nice complement to dessert.
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep muddy brown coloured body with a slight ruby and purple coloured side and an almost non-existant light brown head - interesting! Aroma of sour grapes, cherries, oak, vanilla pods and deep raw sugar. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive taste that somehow fits right between sour wine/grapes and roasted malt - like a slightly sour (not as much as a flemish sour) brown ale. Aftertaste shows more malt, raisins, brown sugar, oak, vanilla and a light sour note, all with no character on the tongue, since there is no carbonation at all. Overall, a pretty below par beer with odd notes and an even odder cap (neat though). I don’t think this is a Barley Wine - more of an ’American Strong’ because of the generality of the category - but perhaps a flemish sour. I wouldn’t really recommend this at all, but if you want an Italian beer that isn’t absolutely horrible, this one isn’t too bad. I sampled this 37.5 cL (split) bottle purchased at Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 03-August-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 18-March-2009.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota and shared by brewfiend. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin film top that quickly dissipates clean. Aroma of some tar berries, a touch of vanilla, chocolate and sour raisins. Taste is tart berry, a touch of bourbon, oak, vanilla and some a little pinot noir. Finish is light tart, a little dry with a light dark grape aftertaste that quickly disappears.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the Triple Rock Sour and Barrel Aged Fest on 2/12/2011. This Barleywine pours an eclipse black color form a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit, raisins, oak and wine. There is a touch of a savory flavor as well. A medium to full bodied Barleywine. The malts are fruity and sweet, raisins, oak and wine. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nicely balanced. Hints of wood and red wine. A very complex beer. I cans ee why these beer get the $$ they are asking for them. Very complex, very smooth tasting beer. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Alex! Nice pop from the plastic cork. The color of the beer is the color of dark chocolate. Yields only scant head. Aroma is wholly unique. Chocolate is immediately apparent. Over that is funky barrel with fun sour organisms and cherries. Palate is dry, nearly woody, flat and somewhat thin. Flavors of sour cherry predominate, which then mellows out to smoothness. The flavors do not carry all the aromas. Not as much chocolate. There is lots of sherry instead. Nice flavors with dry finish. Very drinkable.