fiulijn (20493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from BevX360mcberko (17829) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Hazy light amber color. The vanilla barrel aroma marries well with the malt, mellow result. Good body strength, moderately sweet, nice malt flavor, with a clear oak barrel action, and light banana traces; the alcohol is well managed, but it adds a nice edge.
Quite good beer.
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of pitted fruits, some caramel, and subtle wine notes. Flavour is quite sweet, with caramel malt, candied pitted fruits, and brown sugar. Not really getting any of the wine barrels. It’s just a nice, sweetened strong ale with pitted fruits. ABV is well-hidden. Good stuff. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle shared by Bobby. Pours orange gold white heads. Nose/taste of white wine, oak, wild yeast, lemon candy and tart fruit. Medium body. Ferris (15272) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle - Light stone fruits and sweet honey notes. Cloudy gold with a decent beige head. Fruity, bubblegum, stone fruit, light booze and some nice sweetness. Although not my style, quiet nice douglas88 (9180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A fresh fruity vinous nose, woody. The flavor is dry malty, certainly the base Golden ale is there, fresh wine barrels. Light spices, banana. OK. The barrel is very big.
BuckeyeBoy (7669) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 20, 2015
22oz bottle pours out a cloudy golden topped with a small head. Nose is wine barrel oak belg yeast spice and some candy sugar. Taste is more of the wine barrel notes spice belg yeast and some pit fruit. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Yellow pour with tan head. Light herbal, wine, malty aromas. Malty, citrus and light oak tones. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle:   Dirty orangish straw, thick, moderate foamy off-white head, nice lacing.   Vinous nose, a bit sweet, a touch bready.   Vinous and oaky on the tongue, warming as well.   Can feel the 10%, albeit its not hot.   Smooth, a little buttery sweet but not in a bad way.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Sweet finish, bready, oak, vinous, with a very soft fruity flair.   Decent concoction. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2014
This one poured a golden color with a white head. Aroma was of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, red wine, and tannins. Flavor was lightly funky, barrel character, some sweetness, and grapes. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 11, 2017
This was poured into a snifter and showed a semi-dark golden color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Mild stringy lace.
The aroma traces some banana, dark fruits, light breadiness and yeastiness around some caramel malts. Light evaporated citrusy qualities show in a mild wine-like quality.
The flavor blends the banana and dark fruits to the citrusy and wine-like quality. Mild blended wine to banana to dark fruit aftertaste with the same sort of finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. Vinous grip on my tongue.
Overall, this has to be one of the strangest American Strong ales I have ever had. It’s not bad, just extremely different for the style and I’m left scratching my beard on wondering if this really fits. Vinous qualities need to be a bit more controlled, in my opinion.