AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with tan sheen. Nice red wine, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, dry wood aromas. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Spicy red wine flavors with chocolate malt, dry wood, dark fruit, vanilla---very tasty.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Cajun Cafe Sour Beer Festival 2014… Pours clear and dark with shimmers of new-penny copper and a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma is chocolaty and fruity – raspberry and cherry cordials come to mind. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is roasty and charred with a generous ration of tannic, carbonic bitterness. Raspy, dry finish.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at old chicago. From notes. Chocolate, port wine and a decent amount of oak. Pretty good.
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. The pour is an orange-y brown with a thin off white head, and no lace to be found. The aroma is strong in sour fruit and a sweet booziness, with a nice light roast and is coming off very earthy. The flavor is pretty interesting. Lots of dark fruit, and a lingering sourness to it. It’s surprisingly earthy. Lots of malts here. The mouth feel is definitely thin for what I was expecting in a Baltic porter with minimal carbonation, and the aftertaste isn’t really that great. It’s lingering, and almost like a muddy, or dirty water.
mcox90 (1691) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750ml bottle, shared by ?, crap, I don’t remember. Poured dark reddish brown with a beige head. Red wine and oak tannins on the aroma, which I would guess is the whole idea. Some roast and chocolate notes as well. Chocolate, red wine and oak in the flavor as well. Some tartness. Wouldn’t call it sweet, but wouldn’t call it sour either. Quite unusual. Moderate in body.
AirForceHops (4512) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Julio’s. Dark crimson color with nearly no head. Aroma is dirty gym socks soaked in port wine. Hints of chocolate.
Flavor is vinous with an under current of Baltic porter. The chocolate is subdued with a tannins oak finish. Hints of cocoa powder, lactic oak. Dirty gym socks show lightly in the finish. Medium body with dry oak texture. Drinkable but really just ok. Doesn’t thrill me.
hman43 (604) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first thing the hits the nose is the hit of wine and chocolate. There is an aroma of roasted malts as well. There are also hits of oak as well and a sour smell as well. The color is a dark amber with tinges of red. The is minimal head and minimal lacing. There is a heavy roasted taste mixed with chocolate mixed with tinges of wine.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate and cherry on the nose. Pours a murky auburn with foamy beige head. Taste is interesting: tart fruits and bitter chocolate dont seem to cohere with the roasty malts. As it warms, though, what you have a mild sweetness that gives way to a refreshing tart flavor that cleans up nicely on the palate. Dry body with lively carbo, no doubt that the former feature is from the red wine barrel. Good stuff, really.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minimal light tan ring covers the deepest Brown pour. Captivating aroma focusing on the fruit, but pairing its raisin/plum juicy profile with liquorice, woodsy, cocoa nibs and slightly vegetal intricacies. Multi-faceted, yet well focused in mouth - juicy and chocolatey enough to give a perception of sweetness, yet in substance, it is dry and actually thin for a beer of this magnitude. I love the acidity dosage and perhaps even more how restrained the roastiness is, avoiding any acid-roast clash. Akin to how trendy it is nowadays to prefer hop aromas over hop bitterness, I must say in sourish beers, I’m really fond of dark malt aromas without the exagerated acidic/bitter roughness that usually comes along. We’re left with a fruit play with texture and smokey, chocolatey complexity, one that could easily play the dessert substitute and one that was a stunning match to my Madagascar chocolate I ate on the side (gotta hate life). I’m surprised this is not rated higher. Has 8.5% gotten too meek to score here nowadays?
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a faint tan head. Aroma of red wine, chocolate, and oak. Flavor of oaky red wine, vanilla, dark fruit and cocoa. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.