pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at the Hop Juice Release party in warrenville.... lively med amber brown pour with a thin white head....spicy aroma with medium sweetness with some subtler red fruit qualities... flavors were sweet, pretty damned spiced up still, with red fruit subtleties that come through the wine barrel. medium carbonation. not that much of an improvement to an already mediocre beer.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9 oz draft courtesy of the TB Hop Juice release (Warrenville, IL). Pours a hazy amber pour, dark and almost opaque, with a decent offwhite head. Aromas are throwing some nice red wine notes off the bat, oak, dryness, some light yeasty notes. Pleasant, barrel dominant. Initial is smooth, moderate body, throws off a smooth maltiness, a bit of a belgian yeast, touch of funk, with good red wine feel. Oak, cabernet, nice dryness, potent warming. Good tannins throw some bitterness, not real hopped. Red wine barel steals the show, but belgian and faint funk come into play from the base. Very nice. Finish leaves a pleasant tartness on the palate and finish. Cheers!
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Dennis (stone rep) at Hight St brew fest. Pour was golden amber with a white head. Aroma of wine, cinnamon, and fruit. Flavor was so complex and smooth. Lots of oak, caramel, and wine flavor. Spice finish.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pour thanks to Dennis. Pour is amber with a small off white head. Aromas of spice, grapes, and sweet fruit. Flavor is candy, spice, oak, and finishing with huge wine flavors. There was almost a tanic, acidic characteristic in here. Awesome overall.
dalekliz (911) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Pours a hazy brown-amber with no head. Sharp and sweet aroma, with a lot of fruit, grapes, and malt. Taste is sharp and fruity, lots of wine, with wood, citrus, pine, and sugar. Lingering sharp fruitiness. Tasty.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at EBF 08 and well while any chance of notes are more or less gone all i can tell you was this was a pretty darn good offering with nice vinous hints and oak accents highlighting the fruity spicy base brew. 3.8
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a nice cream colored head. Banana, yeast aroma with spice and light fruit. Red wine flavor with yeast, spice, and light malt. Medium bodied. Wine, yeast, spice, and light banana lingers. Wine adds a nice fruitiness.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color with minimal head around the rim of the glass. Kind of soapy smelling with a hint of musty belgian yest. Very good beer with hints of oak and red wine taste and a little dry finish. I love 7.7.7 and when you throw it in the red wine barrels it just adds more complexity to it.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BCTC, man is this good. Just the right amount of barrel and wine. Dry and grape skin flavors with alcohol present. Better than the regular 07.
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 "WOW!!! This was arguably best in show at the 2009 Stone Winter Storm. One of the most delicious and complex beers I’ve ever had. Great mix of oak, sweet, yeast, and hops in the nose and flavor. Perfect body, and a lingering finish...and it ran out fast!"