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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Oak-aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (1970) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Tap. Black with a soapy tan head. Roast, coffee, and cream aroma. Malty, roasted and slightly bitter taste with a hint of wine. Creamy, smooth, and medium-full bodied with a soft oaky dryness. I think itís quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
morrisseyfan89 (4) - USA - FEB 19, 2013 does not count
From a purely aesthetic perspective I found this to be a lovely pour. That being said there was just something about this product that I found off. There was a sort of sweet/musty quality that I just found offputting. This is by no means a disaster but it isnít something I can recommend in good conscious unless you are really insatiably curious about the concept.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
on Tap at The Petrol Station .. . pours a deep black .. mild foam .. . tar, black grapes and burnt raisins .. . medium mouth . . some ash in the finish, pretty good but the half pint was enough .. . . I have a fear of speed bumps, but I am slowly getting over it!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1396) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass. It poured a dreamy, opaque black color with thick, fluffy, everlasting tan foam with lots of sticky lace. Aromas of whole-grain bread, toast, roasted grain, some definite fruity esters and peppery phenols. Flavours were the same plus hints of toffee, coffee with cream, raisins, plums, red wine. Tart, tangy, very toasty. Tannins of grape skins and hardwood. Strong foreign-stout alcohol was very well-hidden but I felt it in my bloodstream later. Nuanced and delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Black, with a ring of foam. I get coffee and prune, with some winey notes. Taste is also coffee and wine, with some dark fruits, too. Dry, woody finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12oz. can. Aroma of toasted, dark malt, the oak treatment and grape additions rather apparent as well, with touches of dark chocolate, earth and vanilla. Solid brown-black color, with a sparse, fading, tan head. Flavor profile is dominated by the roasty, dark malts, grape character and oak character, accented slightly with semi-sweet chocolate and black bread. Smoothly effervescent and fairly substantial on the palate, dry, with a medium-full body. I picked this up thinking it would be pretty similar to the Merlo Stout, but itís not that similar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Tap at Hoppy Monk El Paso, TX-pours pitch black with a 1/2 inch lite tan head with larger bubbles. Sort of a fizzy looking stout. Nose is wood, oak, vanilla, lite berries, roast, and dark chocolate. Flavors are huge roast, wood, hops (woody/piney), dark chocolate and anise. The grapes show up in the initial flavors but are blasted away by the huge onslaught of roast/dark chocolate. From previous stout experiences from SKA, i wasnt expecting much from this one. However, i find this beer very solid yet novel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Poured from tap black with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, oak, and coffee. Tastes of roasted coffee, roasted grains/oats, and red wine. Slight acidity on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
From a can, pours black with a fairly large light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt predominantly, wood and dark chocolate. Flavour brings out notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts and wood upfront, with little notice of the oak or grape juice, at least until the grape juice shows up on the finish. Very smooth, chocolatey palate, and very well-balanced. Much better than the average ratings would have you believe. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (681) - USA - FEB 11, 2013
Smells like a normal stout Roast, chocolate, with a flicker of grapes. Nice black with light brown head. Taste is awkward combo of roasty oaked stout with some grape flavor in the middle.


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