notalush (4460) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Odell - clear dark ruby pour - nose is pretty much all imperial porter - caramelized sugars, chocolate - can’t really detect the barrel - if I didn’t know, I would not guess - body is definitely thin for something of this strength - approach is all chocolate and burnt sugars - middle has a slight hint of grape juice - finish is light roast and char, along with a hint of tartness - again, hard to detect the barrel/wine - seriously disappointing, but not necessarily bad - glad I didn’t spend 14 bucks on a bottle.
CJack (28) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour rich brown with burgundy hue. Very light aroma. Very sweet taste with lots of caramel malts. Light hop bitterness balances the malts nicely. Complex flavor with woodiness from barrel aging. Despite high gravity, no boozy flavor (ie well-masked). Very unique for an already uncommon style (imperial porter).
---Rated whilst imbibing
pentaz (784) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours opaque dark brown with a good lacing and huge beige head. Aroma is toffee, red berreies, wood, roasted malt, grapes, bubblegum, sour berries. Taste is medium sweet, light+ bitter and light tart. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate. Finishes fruity sweet, woody, tart and tannic.
Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, opaque, maroon brown with a finger and a half of fine tan head. Great retention, pillowyh head, with sheets of lacing. Aroma is grape, oaky, roasted, dark, and chocolate malts. Flavor is grapy, oaky, vinous, with a roasted, chocolate finish, mild alcohol. Flavor has grape and wine character on the nose while retaining good porter character. Was afraid the fruit flavor might be overbearing between the juice and the wine barrels. Moderate carbonation, medium body, slightly oily and chewy texture, and mildly dry finish. An interesting porter, rich, roasted, chocolatey, with a nice fruity character. Well balanced, unique, excellent.
flylikeabanana (173) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark opaque brown with a medium tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, espresso, brown sugar, and oak. Taste is smoky, chocolate, and classic porter with a bit of tart grape on the finish. The grape juice is not as present as I had expected, but the overall product is very palatable.
brenn79 (1332) - Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours a hazy dark brown to black with a one finger tan head that reduces to a blanket. aroma is roasted malts, wine grapes, vinegar, almost tart, interesting that’s for sure. The taste is more chocolatey than the aroma led on. But you know what it tastes like, a dark sour ale, New Belgium Clutch is a perfect example, very similar, somewhat tart, chocolate, oak, really tasty and interesting. The grapes of the Tempranillo variety obviously enhanced the taste of this beer, but when I drink this, I don’t think wine grapes, I think sour ale mixed with an imperial porter, and I am not complaining, very tasty beer.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours brown. Atop sits a thin tight beige cap.
Aroma: Dark chocolate covered raspberry, chocolate malt.
Taste: Red wine barrel, dark chocolate,oak.branbles. Long roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Full bodied.
Overall: I’m usually not big on these beer/wine hybrids, but this delivered big time.
DesertDevil (326) - Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at World of Beer - Tempe. Pours a very dark brown with a hint of purple and a tan one-finger head. Aroma of oak, light vinous tones, roasted malts, biscuit, and coffee. Mellow vinous flavor up front (though the grape tones build toward the end) with caramel, prunes, toffee, and a slight bitter coffee finish. Medium body with faint puckering tart mouthfeel. No surprises here; this brew tastes exactly like I expected based on the description.
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear black with a thin light beige head. Aroma is deceptive, with notes of smokey dark chocolate, as well as fruity wine tones like grapes and sweet berries. Flavor has a nice sweet foundation with roasty chocolaty maltiness, leading to a fruity body and finish that doesn’t really feel or taste like wine, lending more to Belgian stone fruits like cranberry and dark cherry, perhaps a bit of raisins.
Theis (12142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Pitch black - offwhite head. Fruity, grape fruity, high malty, toasted, ok high malty, burned malts, sweetness, light caramel, dark chocolate. OK.