zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sunset. Enjoyable. Red wine tannins come through in this brew. Not so much in the aroma, but in the taste. Fruity notes make this almost have sangria-like qualities.
bergstaden (893) - 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
emacgee (3749) - 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 (4106) - 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
TheJestersBeer (1881) - 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 (8394) - 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 (3475) - 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 (1011) - 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.