Ratman197 (15462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a cloudy copper with a small amber head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, spices, toffee and some fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of vanilla, oak, light fruit and spices with a dry finish. Nothing at all like regular Hog Heaven. hopscotch (11317) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Draft... Mid-GABF ’06 at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver... Mostly clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The complex aroma is woodsy, earthy, hoppy, malty and a bit acetic. The flavor is sweet, then woodsy and medium bitter. Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and mellow carbonation. Lengthy, earthy, grassy finish. Ernest (7862) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2005 Boulder Strong Ale Fest. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Still needs more aging time, clearly. Some woody aroma, but I blindly rated this almost identical to regular Hog (as I did with the other two oaked beers). I hope Adam is patient with these oaked versions, especially the Salvation and Reverend, which stand to gain the most from this process IMHO.
Draft @ Falling Rock: My least favorite of the Trinity series. The problem I had with it was the port was too subtle. Hazy red color with a tan head. The sweet and dark fruity malt had a nice mellowness from the aging. The aroma and flavor were the same. Light bitterness on the finish. Tasted fine but other than smoothing it out I don’t get too much from the barrel. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2006
At brewery (young) and Strong Ale Fest (older): Early on, this one was like the regular Hog but with pinches of wood and aged red wine. Over time, the bold Hog hops have tamed down and the wood and vinous characteristics have revealed themselves more. I also found some interesting aromas of fruit, such as passion. The wood seemed to be drying in a way; reminded me of the woody smell in a wood-fired steam room. Texture was still a little spritzy.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is deep hazey ruddy colored with a thin off white head...smell is piney and smokey...taste is sweet and piney with a lot of the sharpness of regular Hog, subdued...the port imparted some more alcoholic sweetness I think... Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
aroma is sweet with a minimal hop. no carbonation to this. pours a murky orange tan. taste is bitter with a fruit level. earthy finish that is biscuity. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On tap at the Falling Rock. Served with a thin white head atop a hazy copper beer. Lots of hops in the nose. Oak, but nothing that suggests port. Definate oak character in the flavor. Still lot of hoppiness. Sticky on the mouth feel. Not bad, but hoped for better. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Draft at Falling Rock. Super grassy/sawdust nose. Tawny brown body with a medium ring of bubbles and a patchy thin film of bubble. Almost no barrel aged characteristics that I can discern. The barrel aging seems to have mellowed the grassy Columbus hops and made the beer sweeter and slightly syrupy. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Huge head, golden body. All hop aroma. Very sweet and floral taste. Only hints of the port come through, a little woody also. Round, woody finish.