DrSilverworm (4017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a very dark brown color. Good light brown head, leaves decent lace. Red wine and wet wood in the nose, and big dark fruit. Bigger body, smooth and creamy texture, light carbonation. Red grape skins, earthy hops, and a very big spice taste. Light bit of smoke. Roasted malts, bit of licorice, coffee. Complex, interesting, and smooth, but there’s a lingering light spice bite in the finish that I’m not big on.
alexsdad06 (3824) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours dark brown with medium sized khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts with chocolate, very mild red wine notes, dark fruits and light wood. The flavor is roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is some red wine character, but it us mild. Woody notes with mild earthy bitterness. With warming the red wine grows.
wheresyourball (370) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at KnB. Pours reddish brown. Nose and taste are complex wine, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel. Complex and interesting but not great.
tcane7 (1345) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone. Pours a deep brown. Sample side by side with 09.09.09 standard. Similar nose - chocolate, vanilla, citrus with some oak. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, hints of oak, some wine but fairly mild.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey on 12/12/12. Like the regular version of this brew, it poured a deep brown, almost black color with a thick tan head. Aroma had plenty of wine with some mellowed notes of coffee, chocolate, citrus. Flavor was some mellow notes of coffee, chocolate, citrus with some plenty notes of wine. This was pretty fantastic.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s on 12/12/12. Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and a tan head. Quite complex aroma -- dark fruits, toasted coconut, cherry, oak, and a dry red wine. The flavor brings sweeter notes of chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and some coffee. Despite all that, it’s a bit weak/dilute. Wish it had the same ingredients with more punch.
deekyn (852) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - pours opaque cola with one finger fluffy tan head no lacing . . S coffee dirt chalk toasted malts bread wet dough molasses light smoke M - full body full rich palate creamy lingering light bitter T - tangy cacao and dry oak up front, creamy mocha molasses dirt citrus peel dried fruits to a long bitter cocoa finish, light grass O very good balanced bitter yet creamy porter. 4.2
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MadRobin (1399) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12. Opaque, brown-black with tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, raisin, roasted coffee, vanilla, oak and dark chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate, sweet dark roasted malt, dark fruit, raisin and roasted coffee. Medium body and medium/low carbonation. A noticeable improvement on the 09 without wine barrel aging. (I lost my notes on this one, so this is from memory.) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Travlr (9838) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.