slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not an improvement over the base beer, but an odd and intriguing combo of flavors and aroma that I was still glad to have tried. Ripe fruit and a little acidity, oak, more malty than hoppy anymore. Covers the heat almost completely.
RussianDragon (564) - - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft vintage is 2008. Pours a hazy golden copper with hue of red on glass when backlit. Rocky thin head. Aroma is a mild vinous complexity. Flavor is merlot, dark fruits and very complex. *Each batch sits 1.5 years in red wine barrels. From Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09.
neuromatt (1218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle from the brewery, served in a stem glass next to the 2012 standard vintage and the oak smoked variant. Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head that mostly fades and leaves trace lacing. The nose has beautiful notes of oak, red wine, molasses, dark fruit, apples and cherries. The flavour is perfectly balanced between fruity, red winey notes on the one hand and huge toasted oak along with biscuity malts and complex hoppy notes. The finish is long and fruity, hoppy, complex, beautiful. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an amazingly complex, beautiful barley wine. Red wine barrels provide an unexpected degree of complexity that perfectly complements this barley wine. Toasty and delicious, I wish I had another bottle. 2013-11-07
bergstaden (1417) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown with an off white head - Good malt aromas with some wood - Good malt body with some caramel, dark fruits , vanilla and wood - Good sweet malt finish wirth caramel and vailla from the wood - This was very good
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL silk screen bottle shared at Congregation Azusa. Clear amber pour with minimal foam. Nose is excellent vanilla, toasted marshmallow, flambeed cherry. Nice. Taste is tomato paste, sugar, tannic wood, astringent bark. Dusty, old mouthfeel.
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured murky, ruby/reddish with a mild, light tan head. Some oxidation and tannins on the nose. Good amount of tannins in the flavor with a big brown sugar note to move it along. Mild fruity notes and vinous oak. Toasted grains and a big alcohol warmth. Interesting.
beertholomeus (951) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown with tan head. Hop, dark fruit, malt, oak and nutty aromas. Hop, raisin, fig, malt, alcohol and nutty flavors.Very complex with a medium body. Malt and fruit finish.
emacgee (4170) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange amber pour with a wispy sandy tan head. Oxidized malt in the nose, lots of rich and dark dried fruits. Prune and raisin upfront. Some burnt sugar and caramel as well. Malty flavor with lots of dried fruits. Dry fruit and burnt sugar. Full/rich body with a tannic feel and some heat on the finish.
DrSilverworm (7211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 500ml bottle, thanks to brew3crew for sharing. Clear golden orange color. Thin slightly off-whtie head. Decent lace. Nice orange - citrusy nose. Some wood. Light tannins. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Moderate sweet taste. Light bitter. Solid, interesting stuff. I liked the bourbon version better, though
crossovert (8178) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is a pretty solid one. Blend of red wines but it doesn’t take away form the classic base beer.