Leighton (6989) - London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruceís, London - big thanks to Bruce! Pours deep brown with a moderate, creamy tan head. Mild tangy dark malt nose, some burnt toast, hints of cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor with mellow tang, some dark fruits, ash, chocolate. Medium bodied with fine to average, creamy carbonation. Mild dryness to finish, some bitter cocoa, ashy wood, earth, subtle tangy and leathery dark fruits. Good stuff.
jbeatty (506) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 04/17/2013, thanks to quackus42. Black pour, white head fades to a nice crema on the surface, dense clingy lacing. Aroma is light, vinous grape tartness which transitions to rich brownie cake, dark chocolate, caramel bourbon. Taste is similar: tart vinous dark roast character, chocolate, vanilla- caramel and bourbon predominately in the aftertaste. Full palate, creamy and smooth. Nice, shows characteristics from both barrels and they work well together,
craftycarl21 (2025) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monster thanks to GT2! Brown, red-laced pour. Fantastic double barrel character, with the red wine hitting hard up front and the whiskey lending really nice sweetness to balance the roasty dryness of the stout. Coffee, vinous tartness, dark fruit, and vanilla. Very tasty.
boFNjackson (3580) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... A huge gusher. Poured dark, near black with a thick brown head that dissipated quickly. Nose had wine-like tones, tart, and some woodiness with some roast. Definite infection on here which gave way to a noticeable tartness and thinning mouthfeel. Some acid, dark fruits, and a wood-like tone. Also roast with some malt sweetness. I think this went way south.
GT2 (5661) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL as "O. P." thanks to brainlair. Darker black pour, ruby highlights. Medium tan head. Webby to Wispy lacing. Excellent bakerís chocolate nose, rich dark chocolate, major red wine barrel is forefront, some orange flavored dark chocolate... Moving to toasted almonds and hazelnut ganache . Taste is lighter, ultra lactic red wine, berries, major dark chocolate, blackberry, cinnamon cookie, nice lemon acidity. This was the bomb.
fiulijn (12179) - MalmŲ, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver, as O.P. Barrel Aged, 6.5% ABV
Black color, with small beige creamy head. Light aroma of roasted cereals, and delicate vinous fruitiness. Lean body; the flavor of roasted malt is nice and not too roasty and ashy, with light flavor of dark chocolate and a delicate and appropriate vinous presence, a bit fruity and sour.
Well balanced beer, dynamic, interesting.
ineedbeer (186) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Trappist Provisions.
Aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit - cherries and raspberries. The beer also has a light toast and chocolate aroma. Quite a bit of oak to the aroma - some vanilla from the bourbon barrels and a bit of a vinous note from the red wine barrels. More of a wine barrel aroma than whiskey barrel though both are present.
Pours a dark brown to black with a thick light mocha head that slowly recedes leaving a film on top and along the edges. Pretty good lacing.
Flavor starts with some dark fruity chocolate notes. You get lots of tart raspberries and cherries. The flavor has quite a bit of a vinous red wine character, especially in the finish. The finish has a hint of the bourbon with a light oak note; this quickly recedes though and goes back to tart fruit and red wine. Light roast mid palate. Low bitterness and no astringency.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The beer has a bit of a sticky finish to it, but the red wine notes help break through. No perceptible astringency but medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall this is a pretty good stout. Not amazing, but good. The vinous note is a bit overpowering and could have been fainter which would have made this beer amazing.
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mcberko (4072) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Upright, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of soured dark fruits, some liquorice booziness, not any usual stout qualities. Flavour of soured dark fruits, especially raisins, prominent whiskey and red wine barrel notes. Very unorthodox, but quite well-constructed. Finishes boozy and fairly tart from the red wine. Good in small quantities, as itís not exactly easy-drinking.
ericdevin (241) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 Draft at 16 Tons Cafe. Big nose with the barrels prominent, thin body, little head. Pinot noir and cherry up front in the nose, but I donít get the whiskey at all. Dark brown, slight opacity. Very smooth yet unsubtle; one of the most easy-drinking barrel-aged stouts Iíve ever had. Interesting.