JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Volo. Deep black pour and a fast-fading head. The aroma is quite vineous with a little bit of soft tartness on the nose along with some distinct oak notes. Warming seems to bring out more of the soft oakiness and brings up some sweetness tha wasn’t there initially. The beer has a lovely balance - sort of a lean and bright version of the regular stout.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at bar Volo
Aroma strong bold feel: licorice with bold cask feel. Tad rough, feel of grape with some backing of dark malt. Tad rough. 6+
Appearance poured as dark brown-black. Lighter tanned creamy top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied ale. Fruity notes with plenty of grape. Pinot Noir is quiet strong here. Backing of prunes with dry dark malt feel. Some nutty elements on top end. One dimensional.
herrbrown1974 (422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. This is a good beer and I thought the added complexity of the barrel aging would be great. As it turns out, pinot noir pretty much turned this beer into wine. Very strong tannic aromas. Soft and mouth puckering. It feels more like half a glass of strong flavored wine with half a glass of beer blended into it then simply a beer aged in a wine barrel. I’d tone it down a notch or two. Unique though.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-11-29. Black body with a modest tan head and lace. 3+ Good amount of red wine character in both the aroma and flavour. Mild roast and dark malt are present and supportive but the wine despite not being overly aggressive is the dominant character in both. Smooth medium body, modest carbonation. Really nice, I quite enjoyed this. Caught me at the right moment I think. On tap at Amsterdam Movember Event
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Bar Hop. Near opaque brown-black. Small frothy brown head. Aroma - oak tannins, red wine sourness, light coffee/chocolate and alcohol. Taste follows, more tannins, a hint of wine vinegar, slightly boozier, some nougat and molasses sweetness - nice. Light, almost watery - light acidity, weak carbonation, quite woody. Lovely.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Amsterdam charity event. Wine colour. Big pinot noir flavour that overwhelms with some IS and chocolate in the finish, not astringent. Some cherry.Big mouthfeel. Flavourful, more of a wine, it can win a wine medal.