jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 @dmacís willblake is back in NJ tasting-thanks willblakeĖpours black with a light brown head. Aroma is anise/licorice-dark malt, some vinuous. Taste is vinuous, peat/roasty-dark malt, earthy hops.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with GT2 and the surviving Whitney. Brown color, thick tan head. Aroma of port wine, prunes, raisins. Taste is sweet grapes,cherries, dates. Nice.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness, red wine and bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light red wine and light oak with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Maxís. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is red wine barrel with chocolate, roast and coffee malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with red wine barrel notes, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, with some lighter red wine. Tastes of chocolate, wood, vanilla, roast, and vinous.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by maniac at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and wine. The taste is chocolate, wine, herbal notes and a faint bit of heat. Medium bodied. Nice.
GT2 (7033) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL thx to Travlr at The Trappist. Pours near black with a medium coffee head. Good lace. Grape jelly nose. Slightly sugary and stinging. Taste is bitter raspberry dark chocolate, mild coffee , stinging raspberry tea. A bit tannic, sweet, but not bad. Sharper alcohol character. Fun to try. Maybe not worth $20+ a bottle.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Willblake. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of red wine, yeast, cocoa, oak, vanilla, black cherries and mild spices. Medium body.
after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped and foiled. Pours ebony with a dense and creamy dark tan head that sticks around, but hovers around the 1/8" mark for most of its time in the glass. Interesting look--also, you can clearly see ruby tones in the pour, before the stream broadens and settles in the glass. That red wine carries through even in low ambient light. But once itís in the glass it just looks like any olí foreign stout, at least in terms of ruby luminescence. Nice dry baking chocolate nose balanced with a bit of berries and wood, but not sharpened at all. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Mild baking chocolate and a bit of roast on the mid palate, followed by a little berry and some wood. Pleasant, harmonious, beautifully integrated...but hardly seems worth all the trouble they went to to make it.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at City Beer. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a winey aroma. There is a sourish treacle flavor with a noticeable red wine presence.