ACHops (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On at @ Beer Junction. Labeled as wine barrel aged G’Knight, but obviously the same as Gordon. Pours murky reddish brown with no head. Pretty flat actually. Aroma is port and a hint of bourbon. Taste is big bourbon, rich Cabernet flavors, and a caramel malt body. Almost total lack of hops, they noted that this was added to wine barrels before dry hopping, so this was expected. A bit odd, since the hops were a big part of the appeal of G’Knight... Big alcohol, very notable. One of my favorite base beers, and I love the bourbon and wine added, but the lack of hops holds this back from being great. A rare treat though, and appreciated.
gad905 (184) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at BD Brum, 6/11/13. Pours murky ruby brown, little head. Nose of sweet wine, caramel, cherries, red berries, bit of booze. Tastes big sweet layers of caramel and sticky malt, port wine, red cherry, sweet red berries, soft oak, moderate hop bitterness and a touch of hop character. Thickish, soft carb. Took me a couple of tries to get to grips with this but it’s alright.
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Brewdog Camden. Quite cloudy this, and it has this really warming deep amber almost peachy looking color in the glass. Head, yeah, it also had this nice lacing off-white medium sized top. Love the aroma. It’s really glazed and sticky with a shitload of hoppy goodness. Packed with caramel and yeasty nuts. Wood also present but I honestly can’t find much of the port in the aroma. Tastes nice. It almost feels a bit thin on the mouthfeel, well not thin but it’s almost somewhat watery. A bit surprised by that. The carbonation is quite mild and gentle. Lots of woody and nutty flavors here. Yeast, caramel, some heat from the alcohol and a light grassy bitterness. Somewhat mellow in a way. Must admit I had hoped for a bit more than this, but all I all its quite tasty and smells lovely. 07.11.2013
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
19th November 2013
Brewdog Camden. Keg. Hazy reddish amber beer with a small pale cream coloured head. Rich nose of mellow Port wine and wood. Smooth softish palate with mild fine carbonation. A little light malt cream. Taste then follows the nose to a degree, mellow Port wine offset by light caramel, vanilla and soft wood. Red berry fruits come to the fore and then black berry fruit. Smooth finish. Really nice Port character here. Smooth and very tasty. Was an effort to walk away from this.
Scopey (7643) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BrewDog Camden. It pours hazy red-amber with a medium white head. The nose is wood, big toasted coconut character, vanilla, wood, berry, cherry tunes, dark fruit, jam and light spice. The taste is smooth, bitter, jammy fruits, cherry, bramble, cherry tunes, plum skin, orange peel, earth, wood, light spice, caramel, port, vanilla, mild astringency and resin with a dry, bitter finish. Full body, modeate carbonation. Nice depth and rather good drinkability. Even after barrel aging the bitterness shines through. Works rather well.
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic caramel, port, and brandy aromas with a bit of hops. Really nice sweet port and oak flavors. Finishes dry with a bit of hops to cut it.
swesson (260) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big taste for a Pils! Feels great to the mouth. Excellent foamy head. Tart. Almost wheat-beer-like. Perfect match for when you're looking for a lighter, crisp beer with 'real beer' taste.
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NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft and unlabeled tallboy can at Fobab. The can was much better than the draft, imo. That is what I’m rating. Pours a deep and rich reddish amber with an off-white head. The nose is caramel and rich. Soft portwine notes come through as well. Fruity notes, both from the hops & from the barrel, make this shine over the base. On tasting, plenty of fruitiness to overcome the caramel sweetness. Big hop bitterness supports the sweetness as well. light tartness from the wine barrel. Found this to be a really balanced and nuanced beer worth drinking.
Keg version lacked the brightness overall and seemed muddier. That would have been a 3.3-3.4.
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a ruch deep copper amber hue, good haze, mellow frothy whitish head atop laces ok. Aromas are gentle oak, hops, earth, and florals. Some toffee, toast. Initial is mellow body, a bit dissappointing, flabby sweetness. Middle is a bit more dry, hops come in, earth, florals, gentle citrus. Backend shows toffee, toast, oak, and heat. Finish is gentle heat, oak, sweetness. Gentle malts, toffee. Toast. A bit odd and clumsy at times, I’m not a huge fan of the base.. the barrel adds some solid flavors but doesn’t integrate well for me with the beer. Perhaps it’s more the base’s fault though.
hombrepalo (1882) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fobab.Clear deep dark red/brown - offwhite head. Roasted. Light red berries. Nice hoppy. Fruity. Toasted. Dried fruits. Light cocoa powder. Nutty. Ok bitterness.
crossovert (8197) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Just not a good idea in my opinion. I already think the base beer is decent but nto amazing but port hindered it.