marcus (6343) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish copper with a disappearing beige head and a vinous dark malt aroma. There is a winey treacle flavor with a cinnamon and chili finish. This is one weird brew, Very interesting.
hopscotch (8861) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy caramel pour with a small, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is vinous, tangy and loaded with caramel. Full-bodied with stinging carbonation. The flavor is an intermingling of caramel, red wine, tanginess, oak and alcohol. Finishes tannicly bitter with a comforting alcohol warmth. I got neither chilies nor cinnamon out of this. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Aged in red wine barrels. I thought this was a step up form the base beer, nice peppery flavor that melds with the tannins of the barrel.
neuromatt (1105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, served in a stem glass alongside the base and 12-12-12 at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours slightly reddish caramel with a medium tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big red wine and oak notes along with toffee, caramel, flowers, banana and subtle notes of pepper and cinnamon. The flavour is medium sweet with red grapes, banana, toffee and flowers along with subtle pepper and cinnamon. The finish is long and malty with toffee, red grapes, banana and subtle pepper-spice. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, a truly great brew that marries discordant flavours of pepper and red wine in a harmonious whole. Truly excellent. 2014-06-07
olr1984 (1043) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle pours a hazy amber with an off white head. Chili and cinnamon aroma. Taste is the same with an oak wine finish.
todd_aka_rhino (10) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer aged very well. It also had a great aroma and flavor profile. Cinnamon, chiles and the red wine barrels combine for a tremendous taste.
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burg326 (3543) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber red color with aromas of grain, spice, some light fruit, wine and some oak. Flat or are the same but dominated by the red wine flavors decent beer but won’t need to have again.
ABUSEDGOAT (2331) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky amber brown color, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is barrel dominated with notes of caramel, cookie, spice, cinnamon. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. Barrel flavor dominates and comes close to overpowering the rest but doesn’t completely override what else is here. Pretty decent but at $40/bottle????????
DrSilverworm (6011) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. Hazy amber-red color. Thin khaki head, with good retention. Dots of lace. Vinous, tannic, sort of tart nose, some dark fruit. Tart, kind of spicy aroma. Some herbal, indian-style spices. Very interesting, potent aroma. Bigger body. Smooth, soft lighter carbonation and dry finish. Sweet taste, moderate bitter, light warmth in the finish. Toffee. Solid, interesting barrel-aged strong ale. Much more complex and bitter than expected. Clove, and dry wood tannic notes. Glad for the chance to have tried this, exceeded expectations.
adamah (214) - - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
oooh! Much better than the normal version. The aroma is like a spicy wine. it looks a reddish mud with some small white head. The taste is slightly sweet throughout, a little tart and has some some very light spice. Cinnamon, jalapenos, minty herbs and wine round out the flavor. The tannic finish on this beer is amazing and totally makes the beer. It’s medium bodied and has a soft mouth feel. Overall quite good and a huge improvement from the astringent normal version.
onceblind (3939) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber with an earthy rustic malt undertone with some red wine oak tones and a wee bit of raisin. The flavor is dry and earthy with some mellow red wine undertones and a touch of earthy oak, smooth and balanced though a bit 2-dimensional. I think the red wine barrel kinda flattens out the complexity of it and makes it a touch simplistic. A bit earthy and rustic, little else.