Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, 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.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a creamy, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Dark, roasty malts smelling of dark chocolate, barley, and caramel transition into a more wine-like aroma of slightly tart, concentrated fruits and oak.
Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of chocolate, roasted barley, sweet caramel, and half-n-half soaked licorice. Enter the creaking wood. Pinch of tobacco. Vinous, tart fruitiness with flavors of grapes and dried black cherries. Hint of vanilla. More oak showing through, becoming quite plentiful. Touch of lactic sourness on the otherwise fruity, oaken finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s interesting; some beers grow on you the more you drink, but with this brew, it’s just the opposite.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The aroma is sour, funky, and sweet with fruit, barnyard, and wood. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin and not very carbonated. Overall I donít like this.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Dark brown pour with hints of purple at the edges, understated but persistent carbonation and very little retention. Nose is very ripe and tart, difficult to detect many notes that I normally associate with a barleywine but thatís just fine. Plums, dark grapes, wet wood, and young blackberry. Mouthfeel is fuller than Iíd have thought, given the appearance, and this allows the lively flavors to come into play enjoyably. Oak and tart flavors come through quite prominently as you get into the tasting, and there are malts that come through a bit as well, along with strong currants. Kinda ends up coming off like Consecrationís little cousin.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle; Sampled January 2009
As I pour this I get a solid note of chewy, berry driven, tobacco edged red wine that is reasonably oaked. The beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a frothy, large bubbled, initially half-finger thick, browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, well burnt amber color that shows an almost opaque hue to it when held up to the light, but if held just right flashes of deep ruby show through. This is incredibly wine like in the nose, there is also a soft backdrop of funky, ripe cheese and the oak provides a spiciness to this beer that accentuates the alcohol just a bit. Jam-like berry notes, full red currants and concentrated red wine notes are joined by a touch of buttery oak, some solid vanillin notes and a raw, freshly cut oak note. This has got to have been aged in Red Wine barrels of some sort. I am really digging the nose on this beer, it is incredibly complex, though I suppose much of the malt / hop character has been consumed by its stay in the barrel. I really like the touch of funkiness in the aroma that this has picked up.
Lightly carbonated the beer has a lightness to it that makes it seem a cross between a red wine and a strong Belgian Ale. It has a touch of viscous heft to it as well as a light sweetness that accentuates some dark fruit notes of black currants, tannic cherries, concentrated blackberries and perhaps a touch of raspberry. The beer finishes with a nice oak character that is in well balance with the other flavor components; some tannic, spicy oak, a solid woody bite and a bit of buttery oak character in the finish. This has a touch of tartness to it that is wrapped up in the wine-notes somehow. I have finally noticed a bit of beer character here as this beer has a toasted malt middle to it as well as a hint of caramel and toffee, these last mix in with the buttery oak character. There is a certain nuttiness here that seems to be a product of the malt and oak character (this last almost tastes of coconut at times). Perhaps a hint of cocoa is noticeable at times, but this is quite subtle.
This is one marriage of wine and beer that is more on the wine side of the aisle. Definitely surprising given that this is a malt / hop product, and while this is incredibly tasty, even fantastic, the weakness of this beer is that it does not taste enough like a beer. Still I will happily consume this any day.
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much by way of notes on this one! I think this was towards the end the night at a tasting over at markís house. "Sweet and sour, dark and berry. molt acidic". lol. can barely read it. but I must have loved it based on the numbers! Would definitely like to try it again.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white head. Tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit, caramel and cherry flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body wtih a small frothy light brown head. Big spice and molassas aroma with some rasins. Dark rum soaked fruit, some caramel, molassas and yeast. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassa aroma. Slightly sour caramel and molassas flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/6/3/13 - 3.3
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.
Nuffield (3547) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of cherry, for sure, with notes of smoke and salami--very meaty. Thicky beer with roasted qualities, almost viscous. Coffee-like finish. Plenty of complexity and rather good considering that some Italian beers disappoint relative to the price-point. (This is still overpriced....) Bottle.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark brown, light tan ring, but not a ton to look at... the nose is awesome, a hint of sour vinegar, oak, red wine, a bit caramel... all that bursting aroma on the nose is gone on the taste, really boring and disappointing, light caramel with a typical americanish sour yeast note, generic oak, tastes watered down... to thin... great start, horrendous finish, pass