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RATINGS: 198   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 (12002) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1549) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with an enormous light tan head. Sweet vinous red aroma, grapes, mild oak, and chocolate. Sweet wine taste, berries and grapes, with underlying sweet chocolate and vanilla oak. Very tasty!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3310) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, light wine, wood. Light sour flavour, light sweet malts, coffee, red wine. Finish wine, wood, roasted malts.
(from 37.5cL bottle @ ZZT XI, Oirschot. Bedankt voor het delen, Joris!)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1564) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle @ Zzt’11. Black color with a beige head. Smells roasty, chocolat, sweet. Tastes sweet, chocolat and a bit wine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (9350) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XI. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized light brown head that lasts for a long time and leaves fair to good lacing. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, indeed wine influences present. Taste malts, roasted malts, winey. Doesn’t really match very well. Or blend very well I should say. Sourish finish coming from the wine I presume. Not really my thing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DutchDrebus (4421) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT11. Pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Smells sourish, red wine, meh. Tastes slightly red wine, dark malts, roasty, brandewijn. Slightly weird. Medium body, nice carbo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (219) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle in a trade from ant_wailes, cheers! Pours jet black with a huge mocha head that fills half the glass, had to wait for it calm down before pouring the rest of the bottle. Aroma is full of rich chocolate and roast coffee notes as well as sweet toffee. Taste is slightly tart grape and sour berries at first, followed by dark chocolate, rich cocoa and a slightly sweet medium-long finish. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1219) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with brown head. Roasted, fruity, wine aroma. Sweet, roasted, coffee, chocolate, fruity, wine taste. Medium to full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
12 oz bottle acquired as an extra via trade on BA. Thanks! Pours a deep blackish red hue, an opaque body with some midnight ruby brown glow hitting the very edges. A nice touch with big cakey fluffy brownish head atop. Good retention as a firm larger crown with solid lacing offered. Aromas show cocoa and vanillin, firmer oak meets red wine, grape must and a bit of acidity. Toast, roast, fluffy silky chocolate, caramel and a creaminess hits the nostrils. Some dustings of subtle spice, earth. Initial is fuller bodied but not thick, some decent cocoa and oak, touches of roast and toast mingle with some flourishes of red wine, vanillin and red grapes. A bit of odd grape candy (Read: Fake Grape) sneaks in, perhaps a touch of cola and carmelized malts peek through that firm but not overwhelming red wine barrel. Touches of cocoa, oak, some silky slick malts into the middle. That grape candy flavor keeps poking in a bit, mingling with wet oak, dark fruit and touches of plum as we hit the turn. Some more toastiness, roast as we turn. Some tannic oak, a bit dry and barrel driven as we finish up. Lingering touches of bitterness and roast, some lingering malts, barrel, and again a firm but not overwhelming barrel influence and flavor. This works for me.. Turns a bit odd for a minute there but a solid nose, great pour and nice beer overall that flows well, offers some nice flavor albeit a bit one dimensional overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
simont1 (334) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2015
Lightly tart currant nose with an ash and licorice background. Light smoke, vanilla, iron-like sourness, which doesn’t seem to belong there at all. This seems like a decent stout destroyed by bad barrel aging.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1676) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
Pours black with a massive mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, funk, red berries, muscovado sugar. Taste is chocolate, funk, coffee, red berries and muscovado sugar. Mouthfeel is tart and dry with medium carbonation.


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