brokensail (12782) - 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.
Drake (10406) - 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.
deyholla (7954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a very dark brown with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of tart dark cherries with sweet grains underlying and dark plums from the port. Flavor has got notes of port and dark cherries up front that mellow to allow a sweet dark malt finish.
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with tan foam. Red wine, wet wood, tart cherry, dark roast aromas. medium bodied. Tart cherry, spicy red wine, dark fruit, dark roast flavors--sour stout
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, 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.
Beerman6686 (5279) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FOBAB 2012. This poured a medium to dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of soft milk chocolate, lots of tart cherries, and light wine notes. Flavor was oak and wine, light roast, and smooth chocolate, with very bright tart/funky cherries there too. Intersting stuff.
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
p dk brown tan head n soured, red wine fl red wine caramel raisib, vanilla vinager, pretty good stuff.
HonkeyBra (3706) - 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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep black with brown head. The nose is fruity and sweet. Strong notes of cherries and a sherry/madeira nose. Rich chocolate in support. On tasting, moderately tart and fruity. Cherries are quite dominate but are supported by the wine barrel here, which lends some raisin notes. Finishes with a roasty chocolate dryness. Really good stuff.
pantanap (3366) - 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.