leah2974 (453) - 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.
onceblind (5312) - 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 couldn’t put my finger on. Smooth and flavorful finish.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. From notes. Loads of dark fermented fruits. Somewhat funky, decent bit of the wine barrel comes out. Would love a bottle of this to Tay down for a bit.
Emeister84 (1536) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of red wine, toffee, dry berries, and vanilla. Hazy brown with orange-gold highlights, head is off-white with good retention. Tastes slightly sweet, with flavors of port wine. Medium-full bodied, good carbonation, and finishes with dry, fruity notes.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is one of the most delicious beers I have ever tasted. Very nice dubbel with a sweet dark fruit taste, filling and complex.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle -
Quite the stunner in the 12oz bottle. I’m usually on the side of "the bigger the bottle, the better the beer" when compared to the 12oz and the 22oz/750ml bottle, especially when bottle fermented. This had a high wow factor for me. A deep, vinous nose with leather and tobacco with just the lurking of tartness there. The flavors of toasted sugar, minerally yet layers of leather and dark fruits are easily found. Very complex with a depth of flavor that I really enjoyed.
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[BCTC 12] Hazt red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, red wine, dark fruits, light cocoa, faint spices and some light alcohol. Taste of light caramel, spices, vanilla, red wine and a bigger body.
Leighton (13827) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours lightly hazy ruby with a fine, creamy head. Great dry fruit character throughout. Medium sweet, definitely some dry wood, vinous aspects, lots of dry berries. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Dry, vinous berry finish, some toasted sugars. Lovely. Great depth and balance.
UDBeernut (2144) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at coles. Pours amber ruby color capped by a silky tan head. Head has good retention. Nose of cherries and plum. Taste starts sweet with pit fruit dancing on the palate. A light oak, vanilla, and nut come in mid stream. very light bitterness on the finish. What a complex and tasty beer.
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.