SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in large Snifter from tap. It was in a poorly lit bar so I had a hard time seeing the color. appeared to be dark brown, not quite black, very minimal head, a circling of larger bubbles on the outer edge of the glass.
Aroma was plums, prunes, dates, brown sugar, honey, grapes/red wine. There was a slight hint of solvent/alcohol in the scent that left as it warmed.
The taste was extremely similar to that of a thicker, sweeter, red wine. much too bold to be wine and a hint of carbonation ofset it, but one could make the mistake of drinking a wine on this one. Mead mixed with Wine and Dunkel. there is a tartness in this and a bit acidic but the main flavors are the grape/wine, dates/prunes, brown sugar, Honey, and some oak. some subtle flavors of black current and white pepper on the edge.
the mouthfeel was silky and smooth with a nice semi-dry finish. low carbonation, but expected with the extensive barrel aging and mead quality. medium to high carbonation would ruin this beer so i’m glad its where it was at.
drinkibility was very good. a very generous pour of this didn’t last long on the bar in front of me even though i was trying to enjoy it over the long haul and sharing it with my wife. This was one of the most unique beer experiences i’ve had to date. I love when a brewery breaks boundaries and creates a new animal especially when it is delicious.
In the end, this would go great with a really gamey meat. Duck, Quail, Venison, (i guess they served it with Squall for the beer dinner) I could even see this standing up to Prime rib, perhaps a bit too sweet for that though. Definately would pair with some Chevre. It would be AMAZING with chevre.... I would die to have this with Chevre
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Autumn brew review. Pour was tan brown cloudy with no head. Aroma was woody with some sweet and salty dried fruit. Taste was bitter sweet and I felt alittle peat. Palate was chaulky and creamy which finished dry. Interesting!
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Autumn Brew Review. Dark brown slightly murky pour with minimal head. Sour smell with dark fruit notes along with the oak from the barrel. Some vinegar type notes. Medium mouthfeel. Sort of likedrinking a mix between a mead and a beer. The taste is rather sweet with notes of plum, dark fruit, and oak. The wine barrels really come through. All in all a very interesting beer that doesn’t dissappoint.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good lord this is beyond decadent... This particular batch has been sitting in the barrels for almost two years now. Honestly bordering on wine now. Very little "beer" or "mead" left here. Big, sticky (but never cloying) body. Virtually still. Deep, rich ruby brown color with no head and no appearance of carbonation. Very dry with a ton of oak tannin. Little to no residual sugars left at all. Plenty of dark fruit and spice flavors. A warming, spicy, tannic finish coats the throat and lasts forever... holy god this is good. Tap at Haute Dish.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on draught at some crazy vietnamese place in St Paul with DalzAle...thanks again man for being an awesome host...Pours opaque dk brown with s small beige head...aroma is an enigma, grape jelly, vaniila oak, vinous fruit and tons of honey sweetness...flavour is just as puzzling, sweet apple and grape, massive barrel presence and a nicely tannic element that keeps it from being too sticky, massive wine barrel presence...probably a bit more carbonation that I would expect, but no biggie...terrifically unique, couldn’t drink it all th e time, but different enough that I greatly enjoyed the experience!!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampled at FOBAB 2009... pours a semi-transparent dark reddish brownwith a thin wispy head...aroma of red wine , caramel malt, and sweet honey... flavors of sweet honey, straightforward syrupy-ness, almost a little cloying. very minimal influence from the barrel. thin body and light on the carbonation which is to be expected. didn’t enjoy three too much and didn’t care too much for this barrel-aged version as well.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tried this gem at winterfest 2010. pours dark reddish brown with no head. nose is fruit and bready. mouthfeel is light and crisp. taste is definite apple with a dry finish. this could be convincing as a hard cider. liked it a lot, more please.
arminjewell (9251) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown/almost purple, aroma is full of dark fruit and wine like alcohol. Taste up front is like drinking carbonated pinot noir, that levels out into dark fruit complexity with a nice sweetness at the end. Interesting brew!
beernbourbon (1547) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes from FoBAB. Pour is dark ruby red/ brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is honey, dark fruit, black pepper, light tannins, and lightly acidic. Flavor is very sweet up front with lots of honey and dried fruit. The finish is a bit more tart with a lot of the red wine coming through with a nice lightly tart/ acidic finish that really smoothes the whole experience out. Also a touch of black pepper in the finish. Not my favorite style, but this was pretty good.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
FoBAB ’09, pours red-brown with no head. nose of honey, prunes, and medicine. flavors are plasticy chemical notes, corn syrupy, red wine, cheap gin flavor in the finish.