bhensonb (9828) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours dark amber. Boozy oaky aromas. Med body. Oaky malty flavor. Darkish fruit aspects. A light oakiness persists to the finish. Deadly delicious.
brokensail (9147) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The pout is a clear amber color with a minimal off-white head forming.
S: Oh boy, not good. Booze and acetone are there immediately. A little bit of sweet caramel and bread, and then some more booze and paint thinner. A mild oak and vanilla note in the back.
T: Not surprisingly, things aren’t much different on the palate. A harsh flavor of hot alcohol and acetone. Perhaps a touch of burnt plastic, too. Really tannic oak flavors, and that added astringency really isn’t needed.
M: Medium in body with a low carbonation.
O: This was painful to drink. Just awful flavors.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap a Stone’s Oakquinox. Pours with a clear copper hued body and absolutely no head. Aromas of port, wood, tannins, light fruit notes and caramel. Flavors are quite tannic, port, fruity, dry, caramel. Finishes quite bitter. Very low carbonation but quite a lot of warmth.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Nice fruity aroma with malt. Nice dark fruit flavor with dried fruit and malt. Medium plus bodied. Nice dark fruitiness lingers with dried fruit and malt. Very nice. Brewed in ’08 but little to no oxidation.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours dark copper with a thin beige head and a sweet fruity aroma. There is a sticky sweet toffee flavor that quickly turns to sour oak and dry bitter with a warming alcohol trail. Very complex.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hazy deep brown color with almost no head. Beautiful port barrel aroma with vanilla caramel and oak notes. Tastes of caramel port and vanilla with subtle oak and an alcoholic finish.
douglas88 (5140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Papago. My last RBWG rating, finally! Pours a cloudy brown color with a small white head. The aroma was nice sweet oaky and sugary port notes, some earthy malts. The flavor is very sweet and warm; caramel, oaky, very rich, port throughout, burnt brown sugar, fairly dry. Interesting.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled March 2011 at Papago; RBWG
This even has a port like purple hue to it somehow; it is a bit on the hazy side (though not heavily so), and it is topped by a light tan colored head. The nose has a sour’ish note to it, seemingly like a tart wine barrel. Aromas of juicy Port fruit character, concentrated grape notes, and a big, general fruitiness that I can’t really pin as attributable to grapes.
The beer tastes sweet, with a tart edge, and a spicy alcohol note in the finish. Juicy prune flavors are balanced by spicy oak notes; latter is peppery, with some heat that almost seems chile like in character. This is certainly a little on the hot side from the oak and alcohol. I like the sweetness here, it is overly so and plays up the fruit character that contributes specific flavors of prune, dried figs, and a touch of Concord grapes. The finish can have a bit of astringency to it, but it is mostly just hot.
The aroma of this beer is so nice, too bad the flavor is so hot, but still I find that I am enjoying this beer, it is definitely great to be able to try this.
Sledutah (3626) - Utah, USA - MAR 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Papagos
Appearance: Hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Sweet caramel malts, sour cherries and woody
Taste: Sweet malts, tart fruits, oak and hot alcohols
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Cloudy reddish brown in color with minimal head. The aroma is pretty nice, with caramel malts, oak, port, and dark fruit. Nice flavor, rich caramel malt base, oak barrel, port, and slight wild notes. Medium-full bodied and fairly smooth on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall a good one.