brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Black colored beer with a tan head. Nose is extremely acetic and sour. Balsamic and red wine vinegar notes, dark fruit, wine, and oak. A decent amount of metal, roasted malt, coffee, and chalk. The flavor is really no better. Tons of vinegar, a slight balsamic character, some grapes, oak, and plenty of roasted malt. Some coffee, chalk, acidic coffee, and charred wood notes. bytemesis (8960) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Tap. Pours opaque black with a medium brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is tart, red wine, dark roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is light to medium tart, lightly sweet. A bit harsh with woody astringence. Full bodied and creamy in the mouth. The tartness on this one surprised me; I was expecting a standard BA impy, but once I got past the surprise it was actually quite pleasant. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On draft at Beer Rev. This was labeled as Pinot-to-go, but I’m assuming this is the same beer. It pours jet black with no head. The aroma is extremely vinous with red wine, wood, hints of coffee, tar and tobacco. Really nice. I sat there and sniffed this one for a while. The flavor is a little tart with cherries and berries, ashy roasted and a big burnt wood, tar, and tobacco finish. Carbonation was a tad low, but not bad for the style. Really interesting and enjoyable. None of the faults that I’ve noticed with a lot of other Drakes barrel aged stuff. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
On tap at Jupiter. Black with a thick creamy light brown head. Huge red wine, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, grape, and oak aroma and taste with a Moderate tartness and a sweet, rich chocolate, caramel, and raisin finish with roasted grain notes. Good thick creamy velvety palate. Excellent brew. This one really opens up as it warms becoming more balanced and really showing off its complexity nicely. This is a real winner. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Wine and light chocolate aroma. Red wine and malt flavor with chocolate and a light sour note. Medium bodied. Red wine and light sourness lingers with malt and chocolate.
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Pours with a black body and tan head that lasts. Aromas are big, spicy, red wine, pepper, chocolate, fudge, funk, ashy, vanilla and barrel notes. Flavors are sour, red wine, lots of rich caramelization, dark fruits, vanilla. Some funky brett notes. Light harsh edge to it with an acetic back end. Medium to light bubbles. Dryish. Lingering tobacco notes. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2011
A - Served a dark black color with some hints of purple-red coming in around the edges. Finger of red-tinted chocolate colored head that faded slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma was dominated by strong sour Pinot Noir grapes. There was also a bit of roasted chocolate malts and some booze in the background as well.
T - Started off with a strong punch of sour Pinot Noir grapes with some acidity. Shortly after, the roasted chocolate malts started to come in a bit. Through the middle, the sourness mellows a bit and transitions to a bit of tartness. The roasted malt flavor also gets a bit stronger as well. The finish is big again on the sour grape, with some booze and roasted malt in the background.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Felt fairly smooth, even with all the sourness, with some acidity from the grapes.
D - Pretty drinkable. Not quite the most balanced barrel aged beer with the effect of the Pinot Noir barrels maybe coming through a bit too much. That being said, there was a lot to like and the Pinot Noir flavors did work fairly well with the base stout.