ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 Appearance: Pours a hazed, walnut brown body with a thin, short-lived, off-white head.
Smell: Rich-smelling aroma that’s simply alive with notes of caramel, chocolate, jammy red wine, soil-covered wood, plums, and discarded cherry skins. Mmm-mm!
Taste: Pleasant initial maltiness tasting of heavily toasted bread crusts smothered in dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate with a medium-low sweetness. Then up springs a lightly tart, lightly tannic red wine character blanketed in a rich woody earthiness. A touch lactic throughout. Towards the end, the beer gets an injection of fruitiness and rebounding tastes of caramel and cocoa. Finishes modestly dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Excellent stuff, this BA-BB. It’s one of the most compelling wine barrel-aged beers you’ll likely find and one, sadly, I doubt more than a handful of people will get to experience. Hopefully Upstream will consider revisiting this one from time to time.
**210 days and it still breaks my heart I’m the only guy on here to have tried this.**