alexsdad06 (3857) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by b3shine (Jan 2013). Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has some big IPA notes, sweet malts, caramel, musty, light vinous and wood. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, musty notes, red wine, wood, lemon peel, dry moderate bitterness to the finish.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, CA. Pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy woody wine aroma. Sweetish malty woody weak vanilla hoppy flavor with weak hints of wine. Has a fruity malty woody hoppy bitter red wine finish.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Oakquinox 2013. Murky reddish/amber pour with a white head. Grass and lots of lemon on the nose. Sweet malt, oak, red wine, a hint of vanilla, and some feet. Lightly tart on both the aroma and flavor. Heavy lemon rind flavor, some sweat, grass, and a touch of pine. Light tartness, red wine, and oak. A bit of sweet malt, vanilla, and grape.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really different and tasty. It is far sweeter than the 14th when it was fresh. There is a nearly brandy like aspect to the aroma and flavor. Dark cloudy orange,light carb. Huge flavor a bit too sweet for my preference.
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JohnnyJ (3907) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy Orange amber, with a small white head. Sweet malt, smooth toffee, light grape, fruit, oak, and some hop bitterness. Really smooth easy drinking. Pretty tasty.
Tmoney99 (9640) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured cloudy ruby color with a minimal to average fizzy white head that was mostly diminished with fair to no lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet hop, wood and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with dry slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet and wood flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a standout beer.
DrSilverworm (4100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, shared by b3shine. Hazy orange yellow color. Minimal white head. Good dots of lace. Earthy caramel hop nose. Bigger body. Smooth light carbonation. Dry finish. Red wine barrel is subtle, but you get vinous note is very nice and well blended. Not over sweet, not at all cloying. Light bitterness. Very enjoyable. Nice and smooth complex flavor, and a nice lightly vinous nose. Awesome
b3shine (3573) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle to snifter (thanks darkmoon66). Looks good; a semi-opaque burnt-orange with thin white lacing. Smells good too; hops and sweet pale malt with wonderful red wine barrel notes. Tastes like it smells with a chewy body and a nice, dry finish. Damn fine beer!
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear golden orange with a thin white head. Musty earthy vegetal hops caramel and light wine barrel aroma. Thick tangy palate. Tastes of caramel, red wine, citrus, and, frankly, stale hop oil flavors with a bitter sweet earthy finish. I was wanting something better.
peteinSD (1183) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, caramel brown with a slick of white foam. Aroma is heavy on thick, sweet toffee, caramel, dense sugary malt, light red wine with a whisp of oak, and some lingering hop bitterness. Very much presents as a hop-centric strong ale or even old ale type beer with some minor influence from the red wine barrels. Very smooth flavor dominated by dense, sweet malt rich with toffee and caramel and a shockingly strong bitter hop character that nicely contrasts the sweetness. The red wine influence is subtle and tucked into the middle of the flavor profile and provides an interesting transition between the sweet malt characteristics and the hop bitterness. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. I was fairly hesitant to buy this bottle but I do think that the beer is well done and interesting. I doubt it would have worked out this well if the red wine barrel influence was stronger. Very nice beer.