Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Bistro BA Fest 2009. Deep brown. Aroma is roasty, light yeast, grapes, bourbon, alcohol. Taste is caramel, roasty, yeast, and grape.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Bourbon and light chocolate aroma with malt and a light fruitiness. Light bourbon and light malt flavor with some light berry fruit. Medium-plus bodied. Light fruitiness and light carammel malt lingers with light bourbon.
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting - a -bal aged schwarzbier. That’s a new one I’m pretty sure. Had it on tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Darkest brown in color with a medium-sized, nicely retained beige head. Aroma is somewhat mild with roast, coffee, bourbon, and some fruity notes. Flavor is not weak at all however - roast, coffee, bourbon, berries, chocolate, and tart red grapes. Really interesting - it has a bit of a sour note to it, which is odd for this style but I like it! Medium body with a long, smooth finish. Solid stuff overall.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured dark brown/black, coffee, roasted malts, wood, tart dark fruits.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a dark black color with thin cola-colored edges; light-tan head with good retention and patchy lacing. Loads of oily roast, sweet dark fruits, good sweet bourbon notes; a touch papery at the core. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: a lightly tart dark fruit character, coffee, and bitter chocolate presence at the core; nicely tart, lots of pleasant dark fruits; interesting, tart schwarz. Lengthy finish: dark chocolate, cocoa, and tart dried dark fruits.
bhensonb (11378) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours black with a smear of bubbles. Nice oaky/sour aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is smooth, dark malt, with underlying oak/bourbon/sour. Oak is not dominant. A very good beer.