JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
Draught. Syrah Barrel-aged ! Deep chestnut with small, dense yelllow-brownish head. Sweet-vanilla, somehow brandy notes (rather than wine), very good reforming the classical Doppelbock aromas. Slight sourish-winegrapey flavour, sweet-sour in PERFECT balance, and alcohol swarming faintly throughout. Ends long raisiny. Very full-bodied, slick, viscuous. WOW. No German would dream this up. This is where California shows real genius. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
On tap @ San Diego Brewing brewpub. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. The medium strength aroma brings forth red wine, caramel malts and faint wood. The taste begins with a quick shot of red wine notes and a hint of dry tart tannins. Early in the taste a mixture of dark fruity (or it may be the red wine grapes carrying on), rich caramel candy, a hint of chocolate malts, roasty malts and faint wood. This is a wonderful combination that doesn’t drown out the base beer but lets it shine through the veil of barrel-ness. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
ON tap at brewery. Copper red with a tan head. Amazing sweet, oak, and wine aroma. Very tangy citrus and caramel taste initially, followed by a tangy wine and oak taste, and finishing with a fruity wine taste. Excellent. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Tap @ O’Briens: Poured a clear deep brown-red color with an off-white head. Sweet raisiny aroma with light red wine notes. The flavor was sweet and fruity with notes of red wine. Tannic finish. Light body and light carbonation. patrick767 (4115) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap at the brewery - Pours amber with a thin head and an aroma of malt and wine. That wine really comes through in the flavor, yielding a fruity, somewhat sour beer that’s unlike any doppelbock that I’ve had before. It’s full bodied and well, interesting. While I found it alright, I definitely wasn’t as impressed as others were.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Had this back in December of last year; at the time there was no entery for the barrel aged version. Original rating follows. (On tap at the San Diego Brewing Company; said it was barrel aged on the blackboard. I normally like anything barrel aged, however the aging here created a sweet and sour dynamic. Flavor had an oaky sourness with some sweet malt. Not a great example of the style. ) JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 22, 2007
on tap at ballast point’s 11th anniv, syrah barrel aged
Quite frankly, the combo of syrah barrel & doppelbock didn’t work for me. THe dry red wine character didn’t do well w/ the maltiness of the beer Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
On draft @ O’Brien’s Syrah barrel aged. Pours a deeply hazed chocolate brown with a small tan head. Nose was sour, spiced ad woody all at the same time! A good (different) brew. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Draft at O’Brien’s. Lots of wood and dark fruits on the aroma of this murky brownish ale. Aromas were raisin, fig, some spice. Flavors were similar, sweet, with wood and molasses. Pretty good. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Dark ruby-brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, plenty of vanilla, light wine and some wood. The flavor has a light red wine touch, some wood, rich toasty malt, light bitterness, some caramel, and a drying, strong alcoholic finish. Full bodied with small bubbles and a woody, tannic, and lightly astringent finish. Interesting aroma, but the malt character that should shine in a doppelbock is a little too covered by the barrel. Not a home run, but I would give it another try.