brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. There is a nice balance of tart cherries, stout, and barrel. Mild port notes from the wood as well as lots of fruit. A strong cherry skin flavor as well as some file fruit notes. The base stout is still there. Some oak and vanilla in the background. Medium body and carbonation.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at pizza port strong ale fest. Reddish brown pour with lite tan brown head. Aroma is mild funk and barrel. Taste is mild funk, cherries and hints of chocolate. Wow this is great stuff.
Brigadier (2600) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW (2011)
While everyone else was queuing up for one of the Dark Lord tappings I was able to make my way straight to the Three Floyd’s booth to get some of the last remnants of this. A great sweet stout I could see myself having no problems polishing off a full pint. In addition to the base Moloko the additional cherries give it an edge like Dr Pepper with a sour tang. The port barrel increases the flavor more. I’m not sure if I like it better than the original but this treatment did no harm.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Argus for the pre GTMW Three Floyds takeover. Thanks to Vince’s buddy and Adam who procurred some glasses of this for those of our group who did not leave…. pours a dark mahogany, almost black consitency throughout while expressing deeper shades of red towards the edge of the glass. a thin off-white head rests on tap but quickly recedes towards the sides…. aroma is vinous and contains red-wine like consistencies. base beer is still evident, but just barely so with subdued notes of chocolate and light roast although the barrel almost entirely took away from that… won’t go too much into the flavor as it was almost a direct crossover from what the nose suggests. deep red wine and sour cherries, a little bit of wood with almost anonymous meanderings of chocolate and roast throughout. body was thin to medium, def not full and has thinned out some from the barrel-aging. can’t say I was much of a fan but nonetheless, a semi-solid offering even for someone particularly not too interested in stouts aged in wine barrels. for a solid example of this, see some of norrebro’s barrel-aged seven offering if you can get your hands on any.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW. Dark brown/blackish pour with an off-white head. Aroma of cherries, wine tannins, lots of fruity sweetness. Some apparent tartness, mild chocolate and roast. Flavor is dry, strong rush of cherry, oak, and wine notes. Mild roast, some chocolate and apparent lactic acid. Holds itself together pretty well for having so much going on. Thinking about this as a stout it does extremely well for itself. Lots of wine towards the finish. I enjoyed this. Moloko is now undoubtably 3F’s best beer for barrel aging. All of its treatments have been good.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Argus’ FFF Event (Madison, WI). Pours a nice blackish hue, brownish edges, near opaque, small frothy offwhite head sits atop. Light lacing. Aromas are a rich red wine presence, a touch of cherry tannin, faint tartness on the nose. A slight smidge of roast, toast, and sweet toffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Initial is medium bodied, offering a tart and red wine tannin filled front. Dry and fruity, red grapes and plums, with some roast, dry barrel tannins, a touch of vanilla, the cherries red fruit this thing up. Dry red wine really picks up the front and middle dominance. Some tailing roast, cocoa, and caramel. A touch of sweet cream, lactose, and toffee. More cocoa, biscuits. The red wine and cherries really rue the day, some good dryness, red wine tannins and oak, touch of vanilla. Roast, rich red wine. Really nice stout with a heavy red wine presence, oak, and cherries. Quality. Not as good as De Muerte, but a great spin on a beer proving it’s worth as a barrel ager. Nice barrel.
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Argus Bar. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is cherries, oak, lactose and chocolate. Flavor is oak, cherries, roasted malt with a good hint of tartness. Medium bodied. Overall a really good variation on this beer.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled @ GTMW. Poured a deep black with a moderate dark tan head. The aroma is roasty with mild notes of fruity sourness and oak from the cherries and the barrel. The taste follows suit, with both characteristics providing subtle additions that lift up the base beer. A complex brew.
arkurzynski (1289) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First two out of the tap at Argus Bar, Friday night before GTMW. Refined roast aroma, woody cask aromas, mild cherry in the background. Smooth and silky cocoa, roasted malt and a reserved cherry tartness. Again, subtle wood/cask qualities to the flavor. Finished with slight acidity and tangy from the cherry. Nice take on already great beer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Argus in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party. Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, lactose and leafy hops. The taste is tart fruits, cherries, roasted malts, chocolate and nutty notes. Medium bodied.