Travlr (15853) - 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.
brokensail (13207) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Koelschtrinker (12645) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, 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.
gnoff (8739) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark blackish red pour with tan head, aroma has notes of wine, dark chocolate, toffee, bready, biscuit malts as well with a touch of red grape, hints of tannic oak as well, really nice. Taste is the best of the event, nice dark chocolate, coffee, red grape, hints of red fruit, touch of wine and oak, finishing fairly tart, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Tasty.
DrSilverworm (8540) - 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.