stchloe (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kind of mer, oak qualities of the pinot barrel show through strongly. Comes across more as a stout than strong ale, dark malted body.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at PIB. Pours a solid brwon, with a red tint. Small white lacing. Aroma of yeast, sour fruits, and funk. Flavour heavy on sour fruits, with a bitter, hop finish. Really dry.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Portland International Beer Fest... I enjoyed the fresh version of this so to try this barrel aged version was a treat. A Belgian Rye CDA is an interesting beer and I was curious how the Pinot aging affected it. Poured near black with dark brown highlights and a khaki head. Some citrus hop flavors remained, with roast, Belgian esters, and peppercorn spices. Slightly sour with a vinegar tanginess which most likely came from bacteria in the barrels. More tartness in the finish.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours dark amber brown with a tan head. Aroma of red wine, light hops and sour fruits. Flavour of sour fruits, funk, vinous qualities - sour fruits / red wine finish. Tastes nothing like a Black IPA, more like a sour. Decent, though some of the qualities don’t mesh together that well.
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at KLCC Microbrew Festival. Essentially the same look and characteristics (citrus hops mixed with pepper, clove etc) as the regular DBP, but with a subtle oak and slightly less subtle vinous note added in. I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the regular one, as I didn’t feel these new elements added much to the brew as a whole. Still a good beer though.