TheJestersBeer (2112) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle, 2010 vintage.
Pours a deep, hazy reddish amber, with a white head.
Malty, spicy aroma, wood, marzipan, apricot, vanilla, almonds.
Off-dry, full bodied, medium to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Spicy, woody taste, malt, caramel, vanilla, a vinous touch, citrus, apricot, tannins, orange peel, marzipan, licorice.
Dry finish, quite astringent, very complex. (2012-11-17)
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old Review from 2009 - This beer was a little bit of a disappointment. But it was still really nice to try. The Red Wine gave the beer kind of an off taste. I enjoyed the Vertical Epic just a tad bit more. Old Guardian is one of my favorite Barleywines ever. I don’t think the Red Wine made it any better.
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler… Cloudy dark caramel ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose furnishes caramel and toasted oak with a splash of red wine. It’s just a hint medicinal, but fortunately no more than that... very slight. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Bittersweet, caramely flavor with additional notations of toffee, brown sugar, oak and a faint medicinal component. Lengthy, lingering, bittersweet finish. Growler courtesy of Dstructo!
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden orange colour with no head. Aroma of malt, caramel or toffee, and red wine. Flavour is slightly vinous combined with the additional flavour of sweet malts, toffee/caramel.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Small bar as part of the Stone event. Drank side by side with the bourbon version. 2008 batch...Pours a medium mostly transparent copper, looks watery with a light tan head. Looks exactly like the bourbon...The aroma is rather dead, at first I thought I was getting aroma fatigue because the bourbon is very strong but finally I comes to the conclusion its just a very dead nose. A light hint of red wine and oak on the tail end of the finish...The taste brings a lot of flavor, more than enough to make up for the aroma. The taste is a typical barleywine, caramel, light hops but this is very smooth due the barrel aging. The wine barrels don’t bring out a much of a vinous character I think it more contributes to killing the alcohol of the barleywine.
I prefer this version over the bourbon, but both are worth trying.
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Draught @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Red barleywine, good aroma of malt, sweet toffee and caramel. Taste is pleasantly sweet, then a bit of bitterness, not pronounced, quite shy. Medium body, a bit vercarbonated. Good.
cpetrone84 (1447) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore. ’09 Vintage.
A-pours a deep dark amber color with a thin white head.
S-the nose has hints of oxidation already, cardboard up front, light notes of oak with hints of the juicy red wine but faint.
T-same as the nose with a little bit of envelope glue towards the back and some light bitterness in the finish.
M-syrupy feel to it with a decently carbonated finish, juicy on the palate with a chewy malt body.
D-oxidized, not horribly like some others at the event, barrel adds some nice flavors but they are light. i do enjoy their wine barrels I just wish they held up better.
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Served up a modestly-hazed orangey body with a wispy, near-white head.
Smell: An initial sniff yields a faintly sweetish scent of bready malts with toffee and encrusted sugars. Then, some citrus rinds, follow by a whisper of oak wood and even less when it comes to the wine.
Taste: Sweet uprush of toothsome, candyish caramel maltiness towing a subtle grainy breadiness behind it. Touch of citrus. Tart red wine character bringing in modest tastes of raspberry and rosehips. Slight flutter of tannins, follow by a pop of hop bitternes, which somewhat scuttles the wine character leaving only a dry, bitterish finish with plenty of alcoholic warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: The wine pulls you in one direction, the bitterness pulls you in another direction, the alcohol pulls you in a third. It’s interesting, though, perhaps, not the smoothest presentation.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: much better than the belgo. Sweet toffee and caramel, vineous, raisins, woody, earthy. Nice complexity, prunes and figs. Nice bitter hoppiness.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes. On tap at Dark Lord Day 2009.
Poured a beautiful ruby red with a nice head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is dominated by malt sweetness, caramel/toffee, and a bunch of red wine notes; slightly vinous. The taste is quite similar, with a lot of complex malty sweetness as well as the red wine, which really complements the barleywine style--I’d love to see more brewers going in this direction with barrel-aged beers. Overall, a very solid offering. Big props to FFF for bringing this one in.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-17-2010