cthomas2390 (219) - Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. A tartness reminiscent of some sour beers exists in the taste. Very nice, creamy mouthfeel. Ends on the same chocolate and coffee notes that it started on.
ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 7, 2014 - on tap at B&B. Dark pour with some head. Roasted malt and red wine aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma, but also had some nice oak/wood. Little bit of alcohol in the finish.
Dfonorow (1393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at DLD 2014. Pour is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor of dark chocolate, nuts, sweet grapes, caramel, and wood. Finish has a bit more wine characteristics.
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle, thanks to Brett for sharing! Deep grape soda colored pour, small head. Nose and flavor are lovely, with a good combination of chocolate and light roast accented by sweet red wine and grape character, hints of oak and vanilla shining through as well. Nicely attenuated and not overly sweet. A little odd, but it works decently.
djd07 (3468) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is oak, wine, and roast. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roast, oak, wine with nice boozy finish. Good.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, a little toast, and some tart cherry. Flavor is sweet, some roast, and fruit juice, light malt, and a little funk. Lightly bitter and dry finish.
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good head retention. Pours a nice deep opaque brown with really good creay tan head. Nice thick collar and swirls held until the very end. Pungent earthy wine-like aromas. Some nice sweet roasty malt character. Taste is the wine up front (dry, deep fruit, dark), grape juice right behind that but only for a second, and ends with a nice woody-ness. Great high carbonation and medium-thick body. I really dig this beer!
poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Aroma is initially somewhat unpleasant-- cloying sweetness--but it starts to develop into something more interesting after a couple minutes; I get raisins, molasses, licorice, wood. Pours dark mahogany with a large beige head with great retention; has a foamy look that I know will translate to the palate. Taste is as described: strong porter mixed with grape juice. The cloying sweetness I noticed in the nose in the first couple of minutes after I popped the cork is not noticeable in flavor at all. It starts out vaguely sweet before nice bitterness, savoriness and tartness take over. The porter is nice and roasty, a bit chocolaty, the grapes are somewhat tart. Mouthfeel is foamy as predicted from the look of the head; I like a more finely carbonated beer, and this is the beer’s biggest flaw for me. Good brew, though, even with these quibbles.
Westmeister (1723) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a recent trade and shared with some nonbeer devotees. Pours almost black with thinner tan head. Smell is a smooth sweet and slightly roasted porter base with some barrel and grape juice showing up. The flavor definitely shows the grape in more of a juice manner than a vinous/wine manner. However, the smooth and rich beer melds well with the addition for just a subtle touch of tartness. Nice.
BOSSbrewer (1581) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Slightly tart and sour fruity. Nice. Finishes dry.
timaholic (5) - - JAN 7, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. Very dark when poured. Strong wine esq grape nose. The flavor is complex with grapes, rich porter flavor, and a smooth wine barrel finish.