phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Mark - thanks again, Mark! Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small dark tan head. Notes of vanilla, cinnamon, oak, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, graham cracker, dark fruits (dried berries, and some vinous character from the wine barrel), and peppers late and at the end. Spicy aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, sweet, spicy mouthfeel. As expected, the barrel really smooths out the bitterness and spice of the base and complements it beautifully. I didn’t anticipate this much of an improvement. Great job.
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Jake. I need the label for this. If you have an empty of this or any BA mexican cakes, please let me know. I will trade you beer! Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of cheap red wine, chili pepper, cinnamon, oak, roast chocolate and vanilla. Medium body.
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks jake. Black pour with tan head. Tons of cinnamon, sweet tones, wine and oak aromas. Chocolate, wine, cinnamon and a touch of pepper warmth.
burg326 (4231) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a black color with aromas of chocolate, malt, light spicy pepper and some light wine. Flavors were chocolate brownies with some light pepper finished by some light vnieous qualities. A solid treatment to this solid stout.
merc7186 (2367) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Mild Red Wine, Mildly Boozy
Appearance: Reddish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Cinnamon, Burnt Chocolate, mild Pepper Heat, Mild Red Wine
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mild Sweet, Mildly Boozy
biggsbowler (440) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - pours dark brown w/ tan head, low carbonation. Vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and wine in the nose. Sweet chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and dark fruit w/ pepper back end. Really Good!!!
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle @ De Hopduvel .. Thx goes to BoBoChamp … you are the man! :) … It pours pitch black with a very small tan head… Roasted malt, dark fruits, alcohol, raisins, red wine vinous flavors, molasses, wood, oak, chocolate… very nice…
JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini snifter. Pours a thick, motor oil black with a khaki colored head of foam. The aroma has peppers, chocolate, wine, and vanilla beans. Tastes like a wine soaked chocolate cake. Fairly sweet, but there is a tingle of heat on the back of the throat. Thick mouthfeel with a low to medium carbonation. There’s a little bit of pepper burn on my lips after several sips.
kraddel (4251) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thnx to Bobochamp !
Pours pure black .
No foam .
Smell is woody, some peppers , but very light .
Taste is peppery, Bordeaux barrels . It clashes a bit , doesn’t combine like other varieties, yet still is rediculously yummie , Peppers, sweet, tannines, oak , quite hot , actually . Very nice indeed . Mkes me wanna redrink the regular, non BA version, cause i don’t remember it as that pecial, but all 3 of the BA editions are extremely good !
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/II/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle as "Red Wine barrel" @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - bottled: 6/VI/13 or VI/6/13 (2014-187) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: pretty fruity notes, some citrus, bit dusty, alcohol, raisins and other dried fruits, toast, molasses, bit spicy, vanilla touch though very soft compared to the other two versions, bit "chalky". MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: hot chillies, bit sweet and sugary, pretty sour, puckering I dare say, some dark chocolate, caramel. Aftertaste: more cocoa powder and dark chocolate, pretty bitter, sour touch, hot chillies, soft alcohol burn, some red wine tannins but luckily not too much.