Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a translucent dark brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of roastiness, oak, earthiness, bitter chocolate, light vinous notes and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, bitter chocolate, vinous notes, oak and light vanilla with a smooth dry roasty finish.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Red wine and rich malt aroma. Rich malt and red wine flavor. Medium bodied. Red wine and rich malt linger with light roast and light oak.
brokensail (12886) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in color with a small off-white head. Interesting nose of smoke, licorice, charred oak, wine, and red wine vinegar. Dark fruit notes, sugar, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is fairly fruity with a nice wine note. Fairly tart with some definite vinegar sourness. Roasted malt, a hint of alcohol, oak, and some char. A little bit of licorice and burnt sugar, too.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Black with a creamy head. Aroma of roasted grain, burnt coffee and wine barrel. Tastes of burnt grain, sour fruit, allspice, and bitter chocolate with a chalky soured wine finish.
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Pours very dark brown/black with a ruddy tan smear. Lots of vinosity for aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate,oak, smooth burnt malt and a good dose of red berry. Has a sour aspect. Very tasty.