mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Thank you wavers1 for this bomber! Pours dark brown with ruddy/ruby-ish heart and beige persistent halo of compact bubbles. Floury, tart and red fruit aromas, low note of cocoa. Layered flavors of tart blackberry jam, dusty flour, and plum jam, with tart red wine/red fruits mid-palate and a longer finish that builds into some drying bitterness. Lager-like quality in that it’s clean, and core is somewhat hollow, but the body is medium, slightly oily; some oxidative notes, no roast or overt hoppiness (all welcome). TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
On tap at the Map Room (Chicago, IL). Missed last night’s event, but called up after work and lo and behold, it’s still on! My true 2300th. Pours a nice blackish brown hue, a good murky haze, darker with browner edges. A small laced tan ring dies to a loose ring with just a touch of lacing. Small. Aromas are a bunch of red fruit and red wine, a good dry wine initial moves into burnt marshmellow, cocoa, and vanilla. Some smoothed out toffee, caramel. Touches of estery fruit, wet oak, with more flourishes of red wine, fairly subtle. Sweeter overall, without that winey kick I was hoping for. Initial is medium bodied, tart and dry red wine up front, wet oak, big vanilla tannins move into some mellow roasty malts, touches of cocoa, more vanilla, and marshmellow. Dries out more, well roasted, and a ton of vanilla from the oak comes out in the backend. Marshmellows, red wine, roasted malts, dry coffee and roasty ashy malts. Fairly bitter and dry, the barrel really has taken hold but not with nearly as much red wine as anticipated, a lot of vanilla that moves in with that moderate red wine dryness into the backend. Pretty pour, powerful oak, with a lot of things going on. I don’t feel it’s the best meshing of flavors but it’s a solid experiment with powerful oak (though vanilla starts to overcome, red wine back into the fold in the flavor and backend). Very interesting, if not a little rough around the edges. The red wine is great on the nose, but dies out a bit on the flavor element. Aroma really came on. A great beer regardless. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Thanks to tall and bald.(mike)...pours a nice dark brown color. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, red wine and toasted malt. Flavor is a wonderful mix of chocolatey porter and red wine. Some woody flavors are pronounced in this one. jtclockwork (17634) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dobby - shared at a tasting at my house. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste is complex hybrid of vinous notes, red currants, roasted chocolate, wood, cocoa, vanilla and splintered oak. Medium body. Well balanced. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Black with no head. Big red wine, grape, cola, and chocolate aroma. Tastes of grape, black berries, red wine, currants, and chocolate taste with light oak and caramel flavors to the finish with lingering citrus notes on the far back end. Bright oily palate. Very good overall.
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
On tap at City Beer. Congratulations to Craig and Beth on 5 great years! The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is rich with cocoa, roasted malt, nice barrel notes with vanilla, dark cherry, and wood. The flavor is aggressive with lots of vinous cabernet grapes, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a big bitter/roasted finish. Almost a bit ashy, which I like. This tastes much bigger than 6.8%, yet maintains some balance between the roasted and vinous flavors. The mouthfeel is full yet not cumbersome and a little under carbed. Very nice beer. nickd717 (4997) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft at City Beer’s 5th Anniversary. Dark brown in color with a one finger lasting tan head. Great aroma, roasty and chocolatey, Eclipse-like, with big oak presence and some vinous notes. On the flavor, the barrel and red wine comes out more as it warms. Dark chocolate and roast with some vanilla. The body is a little thin but that adds to the drinkability. Pretty solid beer, well done once again, Todd. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap at the City Beer Store 5th Anniversary Party. Pours black (cola brown at the edges where the light comes through) with a small light chocolate head the settles into a ring at the edge of the glass. Light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is big dark chocolate with some light coffee notes, a light roastiness, and big red wine and oak. The red wine and oak become more prominent as it warms up. The taste follows the nose quite closely. Dark chocolate on the initial taste going into some coffee, oak, and red wine with a decent roastiness present throughout. The flavors are balanced quite nicely with the the wine coming through more as it warms up. A light bitterness on the finish. Full bodied. Low carbonation, perhaps a little bit too low. Overall, a great beer from FiftyFifty. Not quite in the class of some of the better Eclipses, but still very good. I would have guessed it was higher in alcohol based on how full the body is and how flavorful it is. No detectable alcohol in the aroma or taste. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
12oz pour @ Maproom Friday. Black with a khaki head. Nose is roasted coffee, roasted malts, and fresh coffee beans. Nice on the palate, great coffee flavor, toasty finish, delicious.
hopscotch (11434) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle… Mostly clear black lager with no head. In the aroma, roasty mocha and fruity acidity really stand out. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is a well balanced marriage of red wine, wood and bitter dark chocolate. Finishes tangy, roasty and woody. This tasty rarity was courtesy of wavers1. Thanks, Baker!