ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with a foamy brown head. Notes of vanilla, soured beer, cocoa, smoke, and dark fruit.
Gachupines (908) - USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong red wine with vanilla and oak. Even expecting it, it was a little surprising. Flavor is complex and somewhat difficult to unpack. Cocoa malt up front with a but of bitterness. Finish is strong oak and vanilla with a hit of fruit and wine. Tannins also noticeable. Makes an interesting substitute for red wine while providing a bit of earthy richness.
Jamesthebrit (272) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Very complex aroma. merlot sweetness. A nice oak note. Some roastiness in the back of the smell.
A: Pours looking a little thin and gross off brown. Head is nice and creamy.
T: Just like the smell. Sweetness from the wine. A big oak note. The real star is the finish (which is nice since most beers lack here). Amazing roasty oak note on the finish. Wine is maybe a little agressive in the front. There is an off note in there... i think it may be the oak comming through. A bit too much oak.
P; As noted above very complex but a little too oaky. A nice sweetness. A great finish. Doesn’t make up for the misses though.
Overall, this is a nice beer. Very interesting balance between the porter and the red wine. Too much oak and a little too much acidity.
MadIndian (2410) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Isaacs. Nice vino and cocoa aroma. Flvors of wood, chcolate with a dry dark fruit finish, I liked it a lot.
DedicatedToFun (2617) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good baltic porter, ran across this on tap in madison, cocoa creamy goodness
Ratman197 (9948) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, red wine, oak, vanilla and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, red wine, light oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle, aroma is pretty solid, nice amount of dark fruit mixed in with some wine tannin and some malt, the flavor has a really sweet front end with a chocolate and malt finish with the oak really coming through, the booze does come through which I wasn’t really expecting at being 8.5%, would have thought it’s closer to 10% by the way it tastes, still not bad, just doesn’t blow me away. Also good for the price point.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at HopCat Lansing. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity with oak, chocolate, cherries and toffee. Taste is sweet and fruity with dates, plums, oak, mild sugar and alcohol. Not bad but a touch chalky.
Nsanders (518) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL. Deep brown with thin tan head. Damp drift wood , chocolate, grapes,vanilla, and tobacco aromas. Taste is dryly sweet. Body is heavier with a sticky feel. This would be a good cigar beer.
rubbishystuff (1864) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Bangers and Lace. I quite liked this. Woody, vinous, dried fruit, and a little bit tart. Not overly oakey or anything like that. Serving; Tap