douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium white head. A big nose of sweet candy and some wood. The flavor comes across with big red wine, some berries, woody, light tartness. Nice.
Sledutah (7069) - Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle shared by Dallas
Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, viney and wood. Flavors of toasted malts, dark fruit and woody
Nice and mellow
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got a little pour from a 375. Very caramely and fruity with a nice wine barrel backbone.
MikeJslc (778) - USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, clear, beige head. Aroma dark bread, plumbs, spice, a little toffee. Flavor is similar with wine barrel character evident, dark fruit, alcohol, earthy spice.
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Gription79 (2839) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 375ml. Caramel, berries, grapes, malty, toffee, toasty. Very tasty, the wine barrel adds great complexity.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured reddish/ruby, cloudy brown with a moderate, light off-white head. Nose had strong, dark fruit notes with some acidity. Not so much acidity on the palate. Thick mouthfeel though. Dark fruits, vinous notes, fruity esters and yeast notes, with wine-like characters and woody tones. Some dark and toasted sugars and a nice malt character that carried all the way through to the finish.
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit aroma with weak woody hints. Fruity malty woody dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty dark fruit finish with woody hints in the aftertaste.
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at oakquinox 2013. Pour is a reddish amber color, with a slight haze and an off white head. Raisin, caramel, dark fruit, leather, a bit tart (like a flemish red character), and wood. The wine barrels seemed to have soured this beer slightly, but it’s still pretty good.
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Beer Street,04/07/2013. Pours plum brown, ruby highlights, minimal white head and light ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is brown sugar and dark toffee, gingerbread, oaky vanilla, cherries with tart vinous finish, nice. Taste is dark malts, candi sugar, dull chocolate caramel background, spicy fruity dubbel finish, perhaps a bit of wood in the aftertaste but not close to the nose. Medium palate, a bit dry overall. Actually pretty nice and enjoyable, better than the average dubbel for me.
popery (2017) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown, a nice mahogany color. The head is small and beige-ish. Just a thin blanket of bubbles. I don’t see any haze or sediment. Once the head fades away, it looks like a glass of brandy or bourbon with a fine ring of bubbles around the edge. The aroma is excellent. It reminds me of Russian River Supplication, more than anything. There are berry and red wine flavors on top of sweet caramels, peaches and an earthy yeast note. It smells like a fancy dessert, maybe a piece of bread pudding with a wine reduction sauce. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but it’s close. This is probably the best non-sour wine barrel aged beer that I’ve tried. It starts with sweet stone fruits, and caramel malt flavors builds up more refined sweetness. The barrel adds mildly tannic vinous and oak notes. It balances the sweetness wonderfully. It tastes like a non-sour take on a Russian River sour, somewhere between Supplication and Consecration. The finish is caramel, merlot and oak. Mouthfeel is effervescent but not harsh. About medium in total carbonation but it prickles the palate nicely. I came to this beer with relatively low expectations. I haven’t been a big fan of the previous Ovila beers that I’ve tried. They all seemed a bit safe and not quite refined enough. However, this beer is a definite winner. The base beer works excellently with the barrel-aging, and the barrel-aging is particularly well done. The flavors blend very well and produce a combination that is greater than the sum of its parts.