SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to bu11zeye.
Pours a dark brown, almost black with tan head, minimal retention. Aroma is dominate grape. Flavor is citris, grape, faint hints of wood. Mouthfeel is low carb. with full body....this is like a "Beer Wine"....not bad at all.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
slight tart on the start, gives a nice mellow flavor with a bit of mild caramel flavor. slightly fruity. nice alaround
CanIHave4Beers (2865) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The wife picked this up for me at Dirty Johns, I had high expectations.... and they were met.
The beer pours a nice deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma immediately greets the nose with that old familiar barnyard funk with notes of good red wine and lots of tobacco and oak. The flavor maintains the very nice sourness throughout and the alcohol is very well hidden. The flavor once again has those hints of tobacco and some cherry with plenty of red wine and some cherry like tartness finishing with a good dark dry fruity raisin like character. I highly recommend this!
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown cola color with thin tan head. Sour, vinous, funky aroma with some chocolate and oak. Tart and vinous flavor with lots of oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy muddy brown color with a congregation of large bubbles. Vinous nose of red wine, tobacco, wood, and earth. nice sour woody vinous flavors painted across a malty canvass...nice tart wood notes increase the overall earthiness of the experience. I like the rustic nature of this beer, that’s what it’s all about.
dchmela (2539) - 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.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head on the dark brown body. Nearly all carbonation has faded from this over 14 month old bottle. The vinous character from the wine barrels is the only thing I can detect on the aroma. The body is slightly tart, with a faint hop and malt character, but mostly wine. I think I get a faint amount of carob on the finish. Very good for a barleywine, but a shadow of the the last bottle of Bran Reserva I tried and now wish I’d rated instead.
madvike (2519) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from MatSciGuy - thanks Levi! Pours deep, dark mahogany with very little carbonation or head. This was interesting given the cap/cork combo blew off like a gunshot when opened. The smell was nice--lots of dry red wine overlayed on some sweet, rich flavors, a little caramel, and some booze. Taste is the dry red wine, caramel, dark malt, with a tannic and dry finish. Lovely. Great legs and glass-coating. Mouthfeel was a little odd though--real thin and watery, which belied the rest of the beer. Gotta like red wine to like this one, but thankfully I do.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle from dchmela. Thanks, Dave! Deep dark brown pour pour, letting no light through; reddish in the right light. Minimal tan head. As soon as I started pouring, I thought about wine. Woody aromas of red wine, cherries, sourness,and complex malts... my mind vacillates between thinking sour ale and Baltic porter. Notes of licorice and molasses as well as port, raisins, wood, wine, and chocolate. Surprisingly thin, drinkable palate and a bit tingly, which again reminds me of a strange marriage between a Baltic porter and a sour ale... this is certainly a unique beer, and unlike any other barley wine I’ve had. All I know is that I want more.
Beerdedone (2460) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a two finger light tan head. Aroma of light fruit, red wine, caramel, molasses and wood. Flavor is smooth and complex with vinous grapes, oak, caramel, raisins, red wine and a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation decent barley wine