bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, oak, chocolate, figs, dark fruit, and graham cracker. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, wood, caramel, light coffee, and chocolate. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2011
22oz bottle. Very dark brown power, almost black, with a small sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, vanilla, lots of oaky / woodiness, coffee, and lighter Pinot. Tastes of Pinot (more than aromas), vanilla, roast, chocolate, ashes, and wood. Softer body with alcohol hidden. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, light roasting, vanilla, coconut, slight oak, and slight tannin. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, tan/brown head around the edges only. Opaque. Not sparkling. Tiny lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, coconut, vanilla, slight oak, and a hint of tannin. Medium body. Thin, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, roast, coffee, vanilla, coconut, light wood finish is dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, wine, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavor is wine, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, coffee, and a little alcohol. Carbonation is low and body is medium. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Dock street BA prince myshkin. 750ml bottle courtesy of Todd while we visited at beermongers ... Pours a deeper shade of stouty black with deeper reddish edges oaky deep woodiness with a touch of ash. Some vinousness surfaces midway and late through the initial pour... Ashy dark chocolate, wood, and deeper rooted wine notes. Semi bitter and boozy in the finish. Thinner bodied unfortunately but the flavor profile is solid.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 5/12/11. Label says 12 oz but obviously a 750. Inky brown with sparse tan froth. Nose is dark chocolate, oak, caramel and dry port. Medium body with buzzy carb and a hot finish. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso, red wine and earthy greens. Hints of vanilla, black pepper and dark fruits add some depth but can’t quite overcome the bitter vinous notes. Warming brings out the richness. 2/19/15. Cracked this one on the coldest day of the year. The wine notes have mellowed and the body has become richer. Kind of like liquid chocolate covered cherries without the booze. It took a few years but this is a near perfect manifestation of a wine barrel stout. Upping overall to an 18. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle, courtesy Beerlando. Still dark pour, black in color, rousing doesn’t elicit much head. Rich aroma, mild roast taste, but a robust lacto and alcohol mix gives a nice rich, full stout experience. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Served in a mini snifter.
Pours a very, very dark brown color that is for all intents and purposes black, so let’s go with that. Small mocha head falls away without any lacing or legs. The nose starts out well enough with some roast and chocolate but then hits harder with quite a bit too much oak and tannin. Too new or barrels or too much time in the barrel? I’m not expert enough to know, but something was a bit off here. The flavor suffered from the same flaws, though it was certainly a respectable--and likely enjoyable--base beer. Roast and chocolate, but tannic oak dominated, and I didn’t get any vanillin or anything else of the sort. Dry finish on a medium body. Good direction, but didn’t quite hit the right marks.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-25-2011 adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 21, 2011
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized beige/light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, rich chocolate, Pinot Noir wine notes and light oak wood. Taste of roasted malts, wine notes, dark chocolate and barley ?? egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, wood, pinot, dark fruits, anise, coffee, and sherry. Taste of dark chocolate, roast, light smoke, vanilla, wine barrel, more anise, and light alcohol in the finish.