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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Imperial stout aged in red wine barrels


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Phil. Black pour with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt notes up front along with tons of chocolate, red wine (pinot?), and raspberry jam. Hints of blackberry and coffee, too. Great jammy, seedy, raspberry notes to the flavor. A touch of blackberry, plenty of wine, some oak, and a bit of roast. Light chalk and char, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1086) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2014
Looks like a stout, smells like an oak aged stout. Tastes like a red wine. Slightly sour and a lot of wood, cherries and chocolate. Odd but interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (951) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Enjoyable and different. Aroma of roasted malt and sour wine. Very dark as an imperial stout should be. Full palate but not too thick. Some sourness up front that took some getting used to. This eventually settled into a more wine-like character as the roasted malts, wood and hops became more pronounced. Complex but not my favorite from them.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (530) - Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
12-oz. bottle. The nose is more tart than expected, with red wine, funky wet oak, a bit of burnt plastic, and a heavy balsamic vinegar tone. Pours a dark-brown cola color with significant burgundy highlights; no head. Heavy wine/berry flavor with hardly any stout taste at first, but light chocolate malt tones come through after awhile with smooth cherry and vanilla highlights. Medium body for a stout, with a velvety smooth texture and almost no carbonation. Pretty solid, even though the wine dominates the flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3310) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
On Draught
Pours basically black with a medium sized head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is like raw red grapes, a lot of oak, and some tart fruit. Itís got a roastiness to it too, itís not like it doesnít smell like stout, and there is a very distinct cocoa powder, sorta, chocolaty without being sweet sort of thing going on, but itís almost as much about the grapes and the barrel as it is about the stout in the aroma.

The flavor has some chocolate and roastiness. The bitterness level is fairly low but it does have some of that dark chocolate like bitter character. Itís also pretty tart, itís got a lot of red grape and oak. The booziness is mild enough, but you can tell itís a "big" beer.

A really weird one, in a good way for sure... but man I donít know that Iíve ever had a beer quite like this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (814) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 16, 2014
12oz bottle pours dark black brown with big rocky 3 finger tan head. Nose is dark roasty chocolate tart cherry and vinous fruit. Taste has nice creamy body, rich dark cocoa and bakerís chocolate, well integrated vinous fruit and grape berry notes, hints of oak. Finish is semi sweet dark cocoa and subtle berry acidity, red grape, wine, oak. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle while tailgating in Norman, OK. Deep black pour with a nice tan head. Red wine notes with a hint of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Toffee beginning with a thick malbec type finish. Alcohol is masked very well. Does not seem like a stout but it is very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
indianabeerman (46) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2014
pours black with a tan head. nose is crisp berries and slight wine. taste is tart at first with some coffee. a sipper. very nice

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2491) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle shared by pinkzambia Black with a bold light tan head. Grape jelly and dark roast aromas. More standard roast flavors but the wine barrel aging comes though. Strong bout would not have guessed a fulll 11% Nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8958) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with an off white head. Chocolate, fruity, lighter red wine, with some oaky/woodiness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1488) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle: Dark black with a frothy tan head. Welchís grape juice aroma with burnt malts. Definite wine flavors in the taste. I could drink this on a regular basis if it wasnít so doggone expensive. A tiny bit of mild, ever so mild coffee in the aftertaste.


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