ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark ruby red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.
S - Caramel and dark caramel malts, red wine, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, a touch of booze.
T - Dark caramel malts, cherries, raisins, and other dark fruits, red wine, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices, candi sugar, a hint of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Nicely balanced dubbel. The barrel adds some great complexity and depth.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tylerís, Durham. One of those beers where in many ways the barrel improves the base more than a little bit. As Iím usually a bit bored by dubbels, I found the generally understated vinous qualities of this variant to be a nice enhancement. Still caramelly and nutty inasmuch as you expect this from the style; but the wine brings out the dark fruit and allows the sweeter, candied notes to emerge as finishing elements.
deekyn (980) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
A - pours a hazy burnt sienna, with quickly dissipating head. S - brown sugar and red wine dominate. Balsamic vinegar , oak notes, red wine tannins, notes of funk and canned cherries. M - light airy dry body. Malty to a dead flat middle. To a lingering metallic/astringent tinge and dark sugary malty end with light burn. High carb T - dark brown sugar, overly sweet canned cherries, the lightest of oaky notes and red wine tannins. Middle dies. Metallic very quite astringent with a slow building long lasting cherry pie - like malty end. O - amazing nose to an almost shockingly disappointing mf and mouth. Astringent and dead flat middle. 5+
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Dodgrblu (543) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flaming grill cafe; medium disappearing head; nice sour wine flavor.
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drowland (5888) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/21/13. On tap at Kickbacks, RBWG Welcome Dinner! Thanks, Steve! Deep amber pour with a small head that doesnít last. Lightly sour aroma with touches of red wine. Slightly sour flavor as well with a bit of wine and malt. Nice.
CanIHave4Beers (2865) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small-ish head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is oaky, lightly tart, and fruity. There are notes of cherry and red apple with a nice rich woodiness.
The flavor is sweet but not cloying, spicy and nicely tart. Some brown sugar and cherry notes along with plenty of oaky character, but everything is balanced and well nuanced.
Holy cow this is most defiantly better than I had expected it to be.
onceblind (3529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear dark amber with a thin cap head of a light beige hue. Aroma was enticing to say the last. Nose of red wine tannins and oak with a earthy malty sweetness and a slight sour ale tone. Flavor of the same, with oak-aged red wine flavors atop some earthy sweet maltiness, and a spicy smooth essence I couldnít put my finger on. Smooth and flavorful finish.
DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample on tap. Clear red orange color. Minimal off white head. Lightly tart, oaky red grape tannins from the wine barrel come through nicely. Light carbonation, medium body, more dry texture. Plums in the flavor, some grape. Hint of chocolate. Light bitter, some sweet. No alcohol. Nice complex ale.
rougeau13 (1826) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany. Light lacing from small off-white head. Aroma of wood, cherry, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is moderately sweet and bitter and a little winey; nicely balanced and very easy drinking for the style. Medium bodied, dry, and smooth. Itís got a lot in common with a kriek or sour, only itís not sour. Quite good.
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy red-brown, thin head, wine and grape juice, acidity, mild carbonation, caramel malts.†