riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Super vinous cabernet nose, some tea notes. Light tannin barrel tartness. Pours still, amber brown, no head. Flavor is also vinous, lots of wine, some tea, toffee, alcohol. Somewhat hot vodka-y. Its interesting. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
22. Thanks alex! Pours a hazy dark brown with amber edges. Big fluffy off white head. Vinous nose, a little tart and puckery. Bready notes under that. Fairly thick and sticky body. Toffee, shortbread, caramel, and acidic vinous grape notes on the mid palate. Could use a little more body and complexity to stand up to this much wine flavor. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
22 oz bottle from TheEpeeist. Thanks! Pours a well hazed dark amber brown, more brownish, a moderate frothy tannish head laces ok, dies to a thick film. Aromas are fruity, cherries and fruit punch, wet biscuits and caramel, toffee, touches of red wine and wet oak. Raspberries, red wine, touches of toast and sweet toffee. Touches of oxidized cardboard move in a bit. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied, sweet toffee and caramel, biscuits, bread, red wine with decent oaky tannins, fruit punch, raspberries and cherries, touches of vanilla, light spice. No hops, but the red wine tannins dry the beer just a bit. A little tamer complexity wise, the red wine gets a little more intense and flavorful, wet and fruity with a decent dryness. This grows on me, the oxidation gets a little annoying, but the barrel element and strength is nice. Pretty good 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle: Deep caramel, even a little muddy, large frothy sandy head, nice lacing. Moderately sweet nose, toasted caramel and woodiness play a big part. Some candied citrus peel as well. Faint red wine characteristics. Brighty caramel and woodiness up front, warming, not all that hoppy. This is definitely of the English style. Touch of toasted coconut and vanilla. After all that the cabernet does peek out a bit, but its fairly tame. Mainly a malty caramel like Barley Wine, with some wood influences and a minor cabernet like finish. Not bad, certainly entertaining. The 10% ABV isn’t burning, but its certainly a warming beer. Thanks to lukin013 for the bottle! brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin layer of khaki colored head.
S: A very wine forward nose. Lots of red fruits, vinous notes, and plenty of oak (sort of tannic). There is a mild alcohol presence and a decent amount of chocolatey oxidation.
T: Sweet caramel and chocolate (oxidation) start things of. The wood and wine provide a spicy, peppery, note and some sweet red fruit. The alcohol comes through a bit strong at moments, but for the most part it’s mellow.
M: The body is medium with a low to medium level of carbonation. Overall, a pretty smooth mouthfeel.
D: The alcohol can be slightly on the harsh side at times, but overall it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m not usually the biggest fan of non-sour wine barrel aged beers, but this was good.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Has aromas of caramel, spice, and oak. Flavors of caramel and oak upfront, quicky giving way to a spiceness with wine flavors at the finish. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle sample at the Heavy Seas tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits back in October. Pours a hazy brown with a medium beige head. Tart grape nose with some sweet caramel. Flavor is caramel and tannins with some fruit and a boozy, winey finish. italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle. Dark cherry brown pour with beige head. Aroma of unsweetened dark chocolate, cherries, and roasted malt. Flavor is toffee, black cherry, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is incredible: creamy and lusciously smooth and slightly heavy and thick. Mmm. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, yogurt, and vinous. Flavor of caramel, vinous, wood, toffee, and cherry. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
(22oz bottle) clear rich orange-brown with lasting brown bubbles. Nose of honey, grapes, and caramel. Taste of caramel, honey, light alcohol. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Nice!