brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
WilliWill (2) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is simply the best Stout I have ever consumed. I was hit with the thick syrupy consistency first off, then by the rich velvety head. Chocolate, Malt, Sharp tannins from the red wine barrel, I canít say enough good things about this brew.
Yum! Just Yum!
SudsMcDuff (5643) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this stuff was great, another gem from prairie .. . wonderful tartness with a jammy and grapey flavour .. . everything about this is brilliant .. . Conspiracy Theory: Whoever framed Roger Rabbit is involved in the disappearance of Waldo.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml caged and corked bottle served in a Old Guardian snifter.
A - Pours pitch black with a micro bubbled mocha head. Smooth lacing left behind.
S - Roasted malts and bakerís chocolate jump right out. Sweet but savory. The wine barrel is very present. Woody red wine, and raspberry aroma, some smokiness. The malts overtake the wine barrels as it warms up.
T - A vinous tartness wakes up the palate. Pinot noir, raspberries, cranberries, woody tannins, tangy fruit, the roasted chocolate malts stay underneath the acidic fruit/wine notes. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and almost pairs with the wine character, but when room temp the roast seems to clash with the acidity of the fruit. Finishes tart and dry.
M - Medium body, kinda on the thin side, carbonation is low but creamy,
This was a fun one to drink. I havenít found a wine barrel stou that Iíve fallen in love with yet. This comes close though. Thereís a small window of temperature were the flavors work pretty well together but before and after that window itís not exactly harmony. Itís not bad just not great. The nose is very enticing and gives notions of minor tartness but the flavor is more tart than I was expecting. I love the wine component but Iím not in love with the combining efforts. Glad I tried this and am anxious to see how my other bottle turns out in a couple of years.
Serving type: bottle
Drake (7831) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a dark red-brown color with a thin head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, earth, wine. The taste is big jammy grapes, chocolate, roasted malts, mild tannins. Medium bodied, nicely balanced.
pushkinwow (1803) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade from ant_wailes. Black with a dark beige head that fades to a ring. Lightly roasted malt, somewhat malty, chocolate (partly milk and some bittersweet), hazelnut, mild carbonation, moderate body, some tannins coming through on the palate and finish along with a slight tartness.
MrHangover (2048) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thnx to flunkminnow, shared at Epic Sour Sourpuss Tasting. Pours a black beer with a thin off white, beige head on top. No light shining trough. Aroma is funky coffee, barrel, vineous and has some red fruits. Flavor is light sour and vineous with big barrel influences. The wine barrel aging gives this beer a funky, hard to describe note of which Iím not sure what it is. Very strange and interesting in a good way.
kermis (4187) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the epic sour sourpuss tasting. Pours near black with medium beige head. Aroma is vinous, light chocolate, a little light generally. Everything explodes out in the palate, initially hitting with massive milk chocolate covered Turkish delight, followed by big red vinous aspects, roast and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, a little acidic. Lingering sweetness and dry in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (4473) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with friends.
thin tan head. Clear black pour. Interesting aftertaste. Fruity chocolate aftertaste.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour, brown head. Flavors of red wine, roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate notes mix with some hints of oak and molasses.
Mora2000 (5303) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong red wine and grape notes as well as some caramel and brown sugar. The flavor is similar. I get some tannic red wine notes as well as some oak, caramel and toffee. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.