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. redpooba (411) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Drank this at the brewery and the oak notes really came through to go with the sweet barley wine flavors. 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. Ratman197 (15456) - 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. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
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.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2007
On draft @ Falling Rock during ’06 GABF weekend Aroma is brown sugar, dark caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, & yeast. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits to a lesser extent. Nice mouthfeel. Some oaky tannins at the end. 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. hopscotch (11313) - 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. 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... 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.