Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Great grape peel, black cherry, caramel, wood. Pours red with great lacing. Taste is wonderful with toffee, grape peel, and chocolate. Fantastic and better than the bourbon. jrob21 (3734) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2013
An getting the slight touches of a smooth red wine. Lot of plum and red fruit in the aroma. A little bit of oak and wood in the flavor. Some soy sauce later in the palate but tasty and light. An interesting beer and goes well with the rainy night we are having. Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This one tasted almost exactly like wine with a slight reminder of malts and hops. Very smooth with a slight alcohol finish neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso-Dupont Circle in Washington DC, served in a snifter. Pours clear reddish-amber with a rim of bubbles and no head. On the nose, it is oaky and grapey with molasses and sweet malts. The flavour is candy sweet, strong molasses rounded with oak, flowers and grape juice. There is just a hint of hops. A peppery note, along with increasing hops, enters towards the end. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent barley wine, but I am not sure about the cabernet barrel; it is also a bit too sweet for my taste. 2012-06-09 Dogbrick (13168) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Sample at the Studio 35 Barrel Aged Beer / Slap Shot screening on 02/10/2013. Pours brown with a medium thin light beige head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. The aroma consists of red wine, oak and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, oak, vanilla and burnt malt. The finish is oaky vanilla and dried fruits. Good all around.
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Finishing my last bottle of my HS barrel aged beers. Bomber into snifter glass, clear rich dark amber color with thin light tan head. Pretty sweet aroma, detect caramel malt, dark fruits (prunes, raisins, berries), wine and oak notes. Taste follows the aroma, sweet and fruity, adding notes of chocolate and toffee, with some booze showing up on the finish. Rich body, mild carbonation, sticky, smooth and slick. Great improvement on their barley wine. italianjohn (3163) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Hazy dark amber pour thin off white head.... Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, slightly nutty and oaky with some toffee ... Taste is of dark fruits, chewy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, nutty and sweet light oak with a slight warming abv to it.... Mouthfeel is a little dy and slick medium bodied.... Finish is sweet dark fruity and dry.... Bbl is light on the flavor. Def good now and one to age zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is caramel, malt, and red wine. Flavor is caramel, red wine, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Medium to heavy body. Fairly long, sweet finish. JStax (6922) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma has nice raisin and prune dark fruits with the Cabernet coming through very well. Quite a nice smelling beer. Taste translates well to a wine soaked wood and dark fruit sweetness. Overall a pretty good beer. Blew my expectations out of the water. mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Awesome aroma, lots of dark fruit, figs, you can smell the wine notes, aroma is deep and complex . Taste is red wine, raisins, black cherry , leather, oak. Good brew lets see how it developes.