n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Town Hall (19/2/13)
A beautiful pour - almost black, with a dark brown head. The barrel aging comes out very strongly in the aroma and provides a nice contrast to the tartness in the taste. I enjoyed this one enough to try and scavenge a growler to take home, but they were unfortunately out of growler tickets!
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wine barrel aroma with notes of cherry and molasses. From a growler aged for two months. Nice wine/whiskey barrel stout.
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wine aging isn’t as obvious as when I tried this on tap. Has definitely smoothed out and mellowed out. Smells oaky. Strong oak and bourbon flavors. Wine is present at the start.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler. Red wine barrels dominate the palate, imparting bold flavors that simply don't work with the base (or the whiskey barrels, for that matter). This beer is a mess! Serves as a perfect example to brewers of how NOT to barrel age.
TheHOFF43 (1805) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by DalzAle. Pours a dark black with thick creamy head. Lots of wood and booze on the nose with flavors matching aroma.
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity, light phenolic and roasted malty. Toasted malty and fruity, mellow yeasty and caramelish. Bitter and light herbal finish.
portableparty (2248) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Greg. Pours oily black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bakers chocolate and malt with yeast notes. Taste is bitter yeast bakers chocolate faint tannins and cork. Palate is medium and silky with a dry finish.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Town Hall. Looks and smells absolutely amazing. Super dark thick looking pour with a thick brown head. Lots of wood, whiskey, and some fruit on the nose. Palate is a little thinner than I anticipated. Taste is very sour/tart. Still solid.
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Thick dark chocolate brown pour, 3/4 inch creamy brown head and an aroma of dark chocolate and a little wine. Flavor was also plenty of dark chocolate, dry oaky wine and incredibly balanced for an imperial stout. My only complaint is the price. Really good beer? Yes. However probably not worth $45/growler.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Town Hall Brewery, pours a super dark black with a nice tan head. Get a wide array of barrel/wood scents with some cherry, almost get a bit of tobacco. Taste is very similar, a nice woody cherry with a bit if sweet booze, would like to try it with age, but that won't happen. Feels like the barrels kind of battle each other.
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Bacterial (2455) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Town Hall Brewery. Dark, dark pour. Nose is malty with some hints of red wine. There is a tartness / subtle sourness to this beer. It is working for me (so I don’t mind if this was on purpose from the red wine barrels, or due to an infection last year, or both!). This beer is rich and thick and really nice to sip. It’s not my favorite from the BA week this year, but it is solid (though a bit unusual for sure).