elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/22/10 notes: 4oz sample at Stone 14th. Pours off-gold, quite clear. Good sharp aroma of grass, white pepper, dried pear. Body is light yet refined, finishing semi-dry. Flavor leads with some green grape, pear, and spicy herbs. Middle contributes pale malt sweetness, candy essence. Finish dries out palate, with flashes of bitterness and berries. Good.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a clear light ruby color with a small, tiny white head. Aroma was sweet, spice, and red wine. Flavor was smooth red wine - aged quite well. Flavor was very subtle, notes of spices with wine. The wine flavor lasts well past the rest of the finish. Fantastic!
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Stone event. Pours a hazy and murky orange with a thin white to beige head. Spicy, light funk (really would love to see a version of this made into a true sour), nice tannins and wood, orange peels. Big yeast, a bit of alcohol, lots of wood. Very interesting, nice Belgian yeast characteristics, bananas and tannins, red wine. Finishes lightly bitter with some more yeast and nice spice.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: vineous very sweet extra fruity a bit more subdued fizzy carbonation. apple juice and grape blend with some boozey finish pretty tasty.
bhensonb (10206) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours hazy amber. Aroma is herby/vinous/oaky. Med minus body. And the herb is interesting. Quite amazingly tasty.
Rciesla (5499) - 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
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pour courtesy of JW77. Pours copper with gold edges and thin white head. The aroma is spiced red apple, yeasty spice and other softer smoother blended spices. The flavor starts off a lot like the aroma with solid spiced ripe red apple wedges and then moving into solid white wine notes.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Light amber with touches of yellow and a foamy, white head. Decent head retention and great lacing.
Aroma: Oak, red wine, almost a note of whisky, alcohol, light cola notes. Unusual but nice.
Flavor: Light, tart fruit note, oak, big alcohol notes, floral and a little soap as well. Light lemon notes emerge as the beer warms. I am surprised the ABV is that low. I would have guessed much higher.
Palate: Medium-low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a big, boozy finish.
Overall: This is a huge beer that manages great balance despite a higher alcohol content. Still, the alcohol could be hidden a little better. It is deceptively drinkable. Seek this one out. It is definitely worth trying.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Lovely looking beer with amber color and slight head with good lacing. Aroma has faint traces of the red wine barrel aging, but more of malts and spices. Taste is awesome with good balance between the original 07.07.07 Vertical epic and the red wine aging. Very easy to drink and very tasty. A lovely blend of two worlds and as the description says, it truly "helps demonstrate the aging capability of the beer."
marcus (5888) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours orange copper with almost no head and a vinous vanilla aroma. There is a fruity vanilla flavor with a dry oaky finish.