brenn79 (1626) - 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 thatís 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 donít think wine grapes, I think sour ale mixed with an imperial porter, and I am not complaining, very tasty beer.
LtDan (1796) - 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: Iím usually not big on these beer/wine hybrids, but this delivered big time.
DesertDevil (581) - 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 (4843) - 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 doesnít really feel or taste like wine, lending more to Belgian stone fruits like cranberry and dark cherry, perhaps a bit of raisins.
Theis (13982) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at PapsÝís - Thanks. Pitch black - offwhite head. Fruity, grape fruity, high malty, toasted, ok high malty, burned malts, sweetness, light caramel, dark chocolate. OK.
mikedR (1414) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice wine-infused porter. Pours like a wine. Aroma is all wine grape. Taste is wine upfront, followed by porter, and then lingering wine. A curiously successful "hybrid." The porter is imperial, so high ABV, but is definitely not a stout (not as rich or roasty for example). Many porters I think would've been better off as stouts; this one is perfect as a porter. A stout would've overwhelmed the balance with the grapes, which is nearly perfect here. Bravo!
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Metallion66 (104) - - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint wine aroma. The taste of the porter base really comes through on the front end. Nice and roasty, slight chocolate. Sweet wine like finish though.
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camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wine like aroma. Can really taste the grapes. Blends in some porter notes like chocolate to balance it out. Overall interesting brew.
joergen (22001) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at PapsÝ.
Hazy red-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and spices.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, hay and dark chocolate.
Beaver (1370) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.
The aroma is sweet winey grapes and roast chocolate malts with some earthiness.
The flavor is sweet sugary grapes and vinous alcohol with some roast malt that gives it some bitterness in the finish. Itís a little chalky and acidic. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp bubbly carbonation.
Overall, itís interesting with the winey grapes, but a bit off.