adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Stephenís house courtesy of Armin. Thanks! Pours a hazy reddish appearance with a light brown head. Tangy, juicy, red fruity, herbal, spicy aroma. Spicy, bitter herbal hoppy, straw, a bit juicy, big red grape, herbal flavor. Pretty interesting beer.
DrSilverworm (4016) - 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 (212) - - 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. Itís medium bodied and has a soft mouth feel. Overall quite good and a huge improvement from the astringent normal version.
onceblind (3191) - 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.
merc7186 (1471) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Sweet Red Wine, Mild Jalapenos, Mild Cinnamon
T: Cinnamon, Red Wine, Mild Jalapenos
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart
Overall, pretty solid BA VE 11, much better than the regular version.
nimbleprop (3864) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz goblet at Lucky Lie LoDo. Hazy dark amber, lacing white head. Nose is a little minty, woody, worm wood, mild nail polish, menthol. Flavor is similar, malty, a little red licorice, menthol, mint toothpaste, grass, herbs. Full, sticky finish.
bytemesis (2150) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours murky auburn with a large fizzy tan head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is an odd mix of fruit, caramel, chili, wine. Flavor is about the same, vinaceous, a touch of chili, but not really much cinnamon. Light sweet, light astringence, not much bitterness. Medium body, a touch of heat. Interesting beverage.
Sask89 (389) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep hazy amber colour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, succeeded quickly by red wine and cinnamon scents. Taste is sweet throughout with a dry bitterness to it, a little bit of spice as well. Full body, smooth mouth feel, and softer carbonation. An enjoyable and unique brew overall.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ramy at tasting at my place. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste are heavy red wine forward with everything else pretty much delegated to the background - grain, oak and dark fruit. Medium body.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Ramy at a tasting at Jamesí place. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a thin white head. Big red wine, a touch of wood, spicy. Medium-bodied, warm and a touch boozy, big red wine with some tannins, spicy, but not chile heat, more yeast notes. Long and warm alcohol, red wine tannins. Tasty, but big.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Hopscotch. Clear amber pour with a white head. Malt and Pinot aromas. Bold vinous notes with caramel malt and oak sub-tones. Decent body and mouthfeel.