Jamesthebrit (266) - 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.
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Definitely interesting. I didn’t hide the alcohol well. I don’t know if the type of barrel and the style of beer were a good combo. Instead of the wine improving the beer or adding to the complexity it was almost like it muted or muddied the original beer’s flavors. It was acidic and full of tannins. It become more and more sour as it warmed which salvaged things a bit. The aroma wasn’t bad but the tannins kid of wrecked the flavor and I usually don’t mind tannins that much.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/28/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark brownish red that looked almost black with a hint of red in the glass. It was bright, almost glowing red when held to a flame. It also had a very small, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had tiny pieces of cork floating in it. The aroma had light roasted malt; a little cocoa; grape, plum prune raisin, red wine, roses, lots of wood, hints of vanilla and alcohol; and something like woody potpourri. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, heavily acidic, slightly bitter and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, almost harshly acidic, moderately bitter and lightly sour with a long duration. There was red wine, prunes, a little roasted malt, dark fruit, lots of wood, sour fruit, more wood, sour grapes, amazingly more wood, lots of tannins, grape skins and port. The medium body was a little oily but mostly dry with fairly soft carbonation and a very dry, moderately alcoholic, heavily astringent and lightly metallic finish.
AmEricanbrew (5847) - 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 (9163) - 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 (2427) - 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 (602) - 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 (1547) - 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 (3203) - 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 (340) - 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 (167) - 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 (6130) - 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?