joeneugs (2143) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
24 oz. bottle from the brewery. It pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice with a perfect balance of pinot grape and black cherry, wood, pine and light toast/cocoa. The flavor hits you with a blast of wood and tart grape/cherry followed by an earthy bitterness, burnt toast and light tobacco notes. The body and carbonation are perfect. Thankfully, I don’t pick up any whiskey… just the pinot noir. It has a lightly funky, phenolic bitter finish. Wow. I was really surprised by this one. Really enjoyable sipper. I continue to be thoroughly impressed with this brewer.
Ratman197 (7618) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged green bottle shared by Forgetfu ( thanks Bill!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, red wine, oak and light rye. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, red wine, charcoal, oak and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering red wine finish.
adnielsen (6187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Thanks to forgetfu! Pours a brown/black appearance with a tan head. Dark grape, chocolate, tangy berry, tannic nose. Fairly dry, rich grape, herbal, a bit spicy, juicy, rye flavor. All over the place with little black ipa left.
arminjewell (4160) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks a ton Bill! Dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of wine, pinot, hints of slight wine, slight chocolate, roast, hints of grain, biscuit, coffee, finishing with a hint of oak. Taste is a mix of sour fruit, grapefruit, slight grape, whiskey, rye slight oak, hints of coffee, chocolate, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry, bitter, funky.