JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winterfest ’11. Strong port aroma before the glass is even at my nose. More port in the flavor along with red wine, malt. There is a light sourness, and a dry, grape skin finish.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-red edges, tan cover. Aroma is vinuous, port, fruity dark berries, chocolate. Taste is much the same, some port, lots of chocolate sweetness, nicely port finish.
daknole (8330) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, beige head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is barrel heavy(what kind of barrel tho?), nuts, toffee, ripe fruit and some chocolate too. Unique as hell.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, beige head. Surprisingly, I’m picking up no dark chocolate, tobacco, charcoal or espresso, but I do detect some very nice toasted cashew and buttery toffee with a vinous sideshow. Goes to show you can’t always judge a book by its color. Medium to full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and ticklish carbonation. Flavor-wise, it’s well-bittered and I’m picking up deeply roasted coffee, medium sherry and dark chocolate. Finishes moderately bitter and dry.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler from dakine on 4/12/10.
really dark... cherry tinted brown with a small off white head.
vinous aroma (wine barrel?) mixed with dusty dried corn, chocolate, molasses, vitamin pills, sour notes and lots of herbal hops.
the flavor shows a lot of savory wood notes (much more so than the aroma does, lactic sourness and the rest of the notes from the aroma... it’s an odd one and it leaves behind a weird herbaceous flavor in the aftertaste.
it is crisp and clean. it would be much more quaffable if it weren’t so strange... barrel aged sour baltic porter, perhaps? 7/4/6/4/14/3.5
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by Dmac, thanks dude. Pours out a moderately reddish hued brown color with a small white head that fades every second after the pour. Aroma is of odd boozy notes, Cabernet, and some vanilla. Taste is of some slightly wine-like notes, wood, roast, light chocolate. Interesting....
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Poured inky black with a nice dark tan head. The aroma picked up burnt chocolate, star anise, and Port wine with undertones of oxidation and peppery alcohol.. some off-putting metallic stuff on the back of the nose.. OK. The flavor opened a little tart and metallic, and stayed there through the mouth.. heavily-roasted dark chocolate, licorice, and vinous notes at the core.. dark fruit skins and winey tartness extended outward, in a very good way.. finished with tart vinous notes, black pepper, and dry roast.. this grew on me. Medium-bodied with the expected low carbonation on the palate.. grainy and tart at times, but it held its balance.. solid stuff, with a giant Port impression.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #6 of this beer -- growler generously shared by daknole. Pours a roasted coffee color with an amber tint and lingering carbonation. Smells faintly of vinegar and molasses. Tastes weird -- lactose, sour, wet wood, malt, and maybe even maize. Probably some infection going on, but still an interesting brew.
dmac (3692) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler thanks to DalzAle. Poured a deep dark black body with an average sized frothy beige head, really impressive for a growler shipped from 1,200 miles away and sat in a fridge for a few weeks. Aroma was woody, with something that walked the line between wine and bourbon, slight bandaid and vanilla. The flavor had hints of rubber, light chocolate, wine, wet wood, mud and charcoal. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a hint of warmth. Good but was hoping for great from a BA Town Hall.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At this point Mike was just trying to hurt us, growler... This pours dark brown throughout, a light tan head, ok lace, good retention. Looks good... The aroma is not what I was expecting at all, love the sweeter notes of a baltic but those are all gone and replaced by the barrel. Oak, smoke, and tons of red vinous notes. Not what I was expecting but interesting... The taste shows off even more of the red wine, almost exclusively, hard to find anything else, lacks depth.
Sweet beer + sweet liquor its a winey mess. The concept is interesting and would love to something else in this vain, needs a much stronger base beer though.