LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of licorice, wine (sweet grapes), sweet fruits, chocolate, sweet liquor. Flavor of sweet grape and sweet apple up front with chocolate and oak barrel in the finish. Very interesting, the wine barrel really shows itself as the beer warms but you also still have the chocolate and roast from the base porter. Very unique- I’ve never had a beer quite like this. It is what Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak Wine is supposed to taste like. A must try for a wine lover! (or barrel aged beer lover). Interestingly, it’s only 5.4%, though it tastes stronger to me.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub on 02/19/2010. Clear dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet vanilla, oak, and dark malt aroma. Sweet vanilla, roast, oak, fruit and light chcolate flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, earthy roasted malts, coffee and faint tannic wine notes, Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, anise, leafy hops and a faint hint of wine in the finish. Medium bodied,