nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Thank bro! Batch 4. Pours oily black with a large bubbly tan head. Very intense aroma. Smells like a cherry lambic, with notes of chocolate as it warms. Quite sour (lemon), with a complex wine-like fruit taste, and cocoa. Foamy and bubbly with a sharp finish. This is quite a bizarre beer, but that just makes it even more enjoyable. Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2011 Bottle batch 3 traded with Maxxdaddy, its very appreciated!
Pours dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma is a bit sour with notes of roasted malt, liquorice, overripe fruit and a hint of prunes.
Flavour is sour with notes roasted malt, liquorice, dark fruits and oak.
End in a acidic liquorice after taste that reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja. Plovmand (8534) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle. Huge thanks Anker! It pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is vinous acidic, smoke, roasted malt, dark fruit, tobacco, dark berries and quite tart. The flavour is tart acidic, hard roasted malt, smoke and dark fruit. Long acidic finish. Very nice. BrewBoxer (2653) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle with dad. Pours deep black witha tan head that slowly fades away. Smells is smokey and bacon with a vamilla - ish palate. Taste is oakey and tart with a smokey backbite. I cant tell if this is more like a smoked beer or a porter so im gonna classify it as smoked poter. This is awesome, but wheres the wine/merlot?
blipp (9502) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5000th rate tasting. Pours dark dark brown with a beige head. Oaky and brandy-like fruity aroma, with roasted malts and a hint of fruity tartness. The flavor has roasted malts, oak, tart fruits, plum, and vanilla. Awesome.
jtclockwork (16857) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at Paul and Ryan’s tasting. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of grape, barrel, chocolate malt and smoke. Taste is same with slight hint of vanilla. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a light tan head. Nose brings forward a hit of acidity atop some dark roast, berries, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Taste brings up the afidity a tiny notch. It is not dominant, but makes its presence known. Oak and roasted malt are also there with a bit of chocolate. Feel is a bit lighter than I would expect. Drinks quite well. Fairly unique.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010 DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Batch 4. This one had overcarbonation issues. After being in the fridge for several hours, this still gushed as I released pressure. Put it in the freezer for 1/2 an hour and got the bottle open and poured with minimal loss.
4.0 A: Deep brown nearly black color. Nearly three fingers of light brown dense frothy head. Retention isn’t that great, but lots of lacing.
4.0 S: The merlot is super strong and is probably the most prominent aroma. Lots of oak and some acidity accompanies the vinous character. From the porter, the smoke comes through strongest, while much of the rest is lost behind the wine. However, you can tell the porter adds some depth though most of the flavors are hard to pick out.
3.0 T: Though the nose is mainly red wine, the taste is an equivalent mix of wine and porter. Unfortunately, the flavors don’t mesh well. Vinous grape doesn’t seem to complement the roasty components of the porter. The barrel comes through pretty well again. Lots of oak and some vanilla. Roastiness of the porter as well as toffee and some dark crystal malt come through.
3.5 M: Medium body. Initally way too much carbonation, but good moderate amount after letting most of it dissipate. Decently creamy, but could be a bit smoother. Some tannins in there.
3.5 D: Though I was most excited about this SFTO, I’m sure it is the worst. The wine barrels didn’t work for Deschutes Jubel and it didn’t work for this one as well. I still will eventually seek out the other ones. I will say that this does get a bit better as you get through the bottle though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-03-2010 02:35:34 Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Slightly sweet, very bitter. A lot like red wine, but the definite strong smokiness doesn’t really meld too well with the red wine flavors. Bottle shared at the Nashville Beer Summit. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
16th January 2009
Explosive! Lost half the bottle on opening! Grrr! Dark beer - opaque. Frothy tan head. Tangy nose. Smooth but very tangy porter. Fruity wine characteristics - sharpness, body and dryness. Unusual beer, the wine dominates in the latter half of the taste. The porter and the red wine join up very well.