Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is faded hops, malt, grains, red wine, oak. Flavor is faded hops, oak, red wine is apparent but overshadowed by the base beer. Finish lingers with hop bitterness and a touch of the wine barrel. Good experiment.
bleeng (1654) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Denver rare beer tasting at Wynkoop. Red/orange color with a small white head. Nose is very hoppy, piney, winey. Taste is very thick, hoppy, with a nice barrel-wine flavor. Very strong but easily drinkable. Nice.
egajdzis (6014) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Draft @ UJís Manatawny] Murky red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, red wine, citrus fruits, sherry, vanilla oak, toast, and toffee. Taste of pine, tobacco, sherry, red wine, citrus, caramel malts, red grapes, grapefruit, dark fruits, and a good amount of hops left, finishing with a fair amount of alcohol.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at U Jacks barrel event. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of oak, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, red wine, nuts, toasted malt and light citrusy hops. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, red wine, oak, vanilla, grapes and moderate hop bitterness and flavor.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/orange. Nose is vinous, grapey, malt sweetness, floral hops. Flavor is dry wine, oak, grapes, unripe fruit, mild tartness balanced nicely by sweet malts and sweet hops. Lovely!
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Draft sample poured by Mitch Steele at The Denver Rare Beer Tasting event during GABF week on 9/25/09. pours a deep orange with a white head... big body with the hops faded away... very smooth throughout... some light banana... some wood notes, light fruit and sweetness on the nose... finishes well with more barrel notes... really glad I got some of this.
twistedviews (75) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
got it at the brewery in a growler. agreed to smelling like cognac and being creamy. you can definitely tell it tastes more like wine than beer. pretty good
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ RNH: smells like cognac, creamy as well. Tastes like grass, earth, surprisingly light body, easily drinkable. Incredibly dangerous with high esters.
alexanderj (3524) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler courtesy of Scott. Color was amber/red with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, grapes/wine, oak and a bit of fruit. Flavor was pretty dry for me and a bit unrefined. Not as good as the original beer in my opinion.
JohnnyJ (5356) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the stone 13th anniversry party. Amber pour, slighty red. Small off-white head. Caramel malt, definetly some fruit probably from the wine. Some oak and red grapes. Vanilla, tannins, and mellow hops. Really tame for a barleywine, and in some ways I donít like it for that. Itís alright.