HonusWagner (1428) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Really sweet red wine character and an unpleasant tannic quality make this this a beer I never want to revisit. The style just doesnít work well with these barrels. Ebf 2014.
BeerandBlues2 (9883) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in the hotel. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is vinous red wine, oak, plums, toast malt and dates. Flavor is bread malt, oak, vinous red wine notes and plum tartness, no hops, light bitterness, peppery alcohol and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Travlr (12383) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, hotel tasting in Warwick, RI. Clear deep amber brown color, big beige head. Aroma of tannins, red wine. Taste has chocolate dipped in red wine. Tasty.
ben4321 (4027) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12.7 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/11/14
Aroma: The nose is sweet and vinous, strong malts, dark fruit, oak, and some spice
Appearance: This one pours a rather murky dark reddish-brown color with a thick, lasting froth of beige-brown head that leaves a heck of a lot of coating and drippy lacing on the glass
Flavor: The flavor is heavy sweet and very malty, the red wine is very present here, thereís no balance
Palate: The mouthfeel is rather smooth, with average carbonation, and a dry wine finish
This may have been sitting in the back of the fridge for a minute, not Iím not exactly sure when I got it, but Iím pretty sure it wasnít super recently. Anyway, Iím not really sure how well the red wine blends with the underlying beer, but this one felt closer to a miss to me than a hit. It was still worth trying though.
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Durhambeer!
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small but tight head & some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is defiantly rich and has some real red wine character to it... Itís also got a whole bunch of red apple, some oak, and some mild spice.
The flavor is again, pleasantly rich. ITís got a bunch of red apple and caramel. Itís got plenty of woodiness, some molasses, and some warming alcohol.
I guess Iím totally against the grain on this one, but I dig it man... I really dig it.
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. Smuttynose night at Coles. this one didnt seem to work out so great. Dubel nuttiness, maltiness & red wine notes didnt seem to meld well
AirForceHops (3309) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to Phatdog1. Yet another bottle without any kind of bottle date or best buy. Marked as 6.5% ABV. Dark ruby color without any head. Aroma is red wine grapes and tannins oak.
Flavor is more along the lines of a red wine. Red wine vinegar, musty oak in a chalky, roasted malt body. Medium body with a real soft carbonation. Port wine or perhaps a sherry hint. Lightly astringent in the finish.
nearbeer (3781) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml. Mahogany with a lasting film of cream. Nose is cherry, prune, chocolate and merlot. Tastes of chocolate, oak, red wine, mildly sour cherry and raisin. Medium body has medium high carbonation but is still pretty smooth and soft. Toasted oak and cocoa on the lingering finish. Very nice dubbel that benefits from the barrel without overdoing it.
nimbleprop (4998) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375 ml bottle pours a translucent garnet amber with a thin ring of white head. Nose is all dubbel, candy sugar, yeasty esters, some booze, some concord grape, caramel, prune, bubblegum. Flavor has more barrel, a little vanillin, a bit of sharp cherry cough syrup, woody, some beet sugar, lime zest. Full bodied finish. A bit unfocused.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer pours out the color of amber mud, or maple syrup. Its sits in the glass as a deep, dark maroon, with a small fringe of sand-dune-white bubbles. In body, the beer is opaque and a cloudy muddle. Nothing of the other side of the glass can be seen, but a steady stream of bubbles can be noted. Itís not much too look at from a beer perspective, but from a wine perspective it looks like an aged red with nice brick coloring. On the nose the beer smells of blackberries, Syrah-based wine, soft oak, grape soda, and fruit punch. The more I sniff, the more I am reminded of fruit juice. As it warms, the nose takes a metallic twist that isnít that pleasant. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely of earthy oak tannin, fruity sweetness, and a touch of tart, vinous acidity. Bitter tannin definitely snaps at the finish, but not too aggressively. In flavor, this beer is all about the oak. Light berry sweetness touches at the start of the sip and then divulges into big old, roasty-toasty oak with an earthy vanilla flavor. The finish brings in more red wine, woody tannins, slight metal, apple juice, fruit punch, and grape juice flavors. There is a hint of musty cellar just as the sip begins, and that flavor seems to haunt the rest of the sip for me, suggesting slight oxidized sherry notes, especially on the finish as the beer warms. Overall, I am tasting little to nothing of the base beer, which is a shame. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body, with a definite tannic structure. I almost feel like I am drinking cheap red wine. Snappy carbonation gives a crispness to the mouthfeel, which seems off with the style. I want this to be smooth and sultry on the tongue, and it shows hints of that underneath the carbonation, but in the end it is just too crisp for the style. Overall, Iím a little disappointed by this beer. In theory, Smuttyís Winter Ale should blend wonderfully with subtle oak aging, but I think they left this one in the barrel for too long, and I donít think they matched up the wine type well enough. I think a nice, spicy Tempranillo, or earthy Cab Sauv would have done much better alongside the Winter Ales smooth, bready and spicy flavors. Iím not entirely sure of the wine type, but it tastes far too Ďnew world fruityí for the beer. In the end, the beer was lost to the barrel and wine. Great barrel and wine notes in this beer, but I want more beer! It was alright to drink for a cheap red wine perspective, but not as a beer.