ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very nice porter. Smooth, rich, and dark. A dense mouthfeel with the grape and wine barrel flavors adding a splendid subtle touch of tartness. Picked this up at the cork and barrel in Lawrence.
mverity (294) - 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!
mikedR (1562) - 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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LtDan (1806) - 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.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared at game night. Dark brown, mahogany highlights, bubbly tan head that laces nicely. Aroma is very rustic, with features of musty basement cobwebs and red wine, rosary undertones. The palate opens dark and vinous, with charred malt and funky wood elements. There is a plum-skin tartness that edges toward sour, making this a very compelling beer. Terrific balance--- never too much of one thing, equal parts dark/winey/funky/sour. Pricey, but this beer is worth it IMO.
kdm1984 (813) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pleasant cocoa aroma. Terrific head that sits around for a nice bit. Flavor is IMMENSE - roasted cocoa boozy tangy goodness that goes on for ages. Love how it is lighter bodied than the stouts. Sampled several new styles tonight, but had to pour an extra of this imp porter - a little sample was not enough. Great stuff!
brenn79 (1725) - 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.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a nearly opaque brown/black with red highlights and a big brown head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is musty with roasted malts and grapes. Taste is caramel, coffee, and grapes with a dry wine like finish.
BOSSbrewer (2707) - 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.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"I liked this a lot. Not really as an imperial porter, and not really as your average (sour) wine barreled beer, but because it was so balanced, and yet so unique. Very much red wine grapes in the nose & flavor. Slightly tart, but more sweet. But the roast is there too in equal measure. Itís weird, and a bit tingly, but they play off each other well. Nice different brew. Too steep to buy a bottle again, though..."