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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13259) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft on 12/12/12. This was my favorite VE of the evening. Lots of resin and tannin, very rich, raisins, dates, plums, prunes. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
(Draught) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with moderate khaki head. Aroma of caramel, vinous, raisins, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, toffee, chocolate, herbs, and vinous.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11543) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or so of tan/khaki colored head. S: Not exactly what I was anticipating, but good. Lots of oak with a definite smoke and char note (from the barrel?). The roasted malt note is strong and there’s a bit of vanilla and a decent amount of red wine. T: The flavor is also very heavy on the roast. There’s more of the dark chocolate and coffee notes that I remember from the original beer. A decent amount of wine but still lots of oak and a moderate charred character. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. D: Surprisingly good, given the awfulness of VE 07 in Red Wine barrels. I’d actually consider having this again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (11048) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
Sehr getreidiger Antrunk, zunächst wenig, dann stärker hopfig. Dabei rund und würzig malzig, Schokoladennoten, gelungene Süße. Etwas erdig, voll, minimal herb. Süffig! 13/13/12/10//12

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black, opaque color, nice vast beige head. Smell coffee, vanilla, caramel and wood. Taste coffee, a lot of roastyness, caramel and bitter: very nice. Good carbonation, full body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night! Pours muddy, deep black. Higher carbonation. Webby lacing. Nose is older feeling Bourbon County of Bells Expedition with dark fruits/raisins/sweet chocolate, toast, fruit cake, sweeter apples. Taste is lighter, minerally, drained with some chalk, cocoa powder, lemon tea, black tea. Strange with a light chocolate bitterness, then silkiness, but finishing very light like diet soda. Lemon tea to near astringent palate. Palate is aerated, overcarbonated, too light.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draught Huge, greige head over jet-black beer. Vanilla², chocolate, vanillawood, if that exists. Vanillabeans, chocolate, double (chocolate)cream. Extremely well-bodied, viscous, oily-slick. Superb vinous stout-like beer. I do not really taste the winebarrels, but that doesn’t harm it one little bit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Black color, big cheeze hole bubble light brown head. Sweet, lactic, wood scent. Sweet, vinous, oak, red wine, chocolate taste. Oak and dry roasted malty aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Also some coca-cole notes in there.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Barrel Blast. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma of burnt popcorn, butter and dark fruits. Flavors are diacetyl, butter, lightly vegital with some currant, toffee and raisins. Oily mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours jet black with a creamy brown head. Nose brings out wood, bourbon, a little red wine and some roast. Flavour brings out red wine notes atop roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and a little oxidation notes. Very well-balanced, with a thick, creamy palate. The barrel aging makes it seem like this had oxidized a bit, though I don’t think it has. Moderately enjoyable stuff.


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