Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
From the bottle, pours very dark red with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and heavy, a bit of dark cherry. Taste is fantastic. Thick, sweet, cherries, molasses, a hint of alcohol even though you know it’s there. Very smooth, a hint of hops in the aftertaste but balanced by a malty sweetness. There is almost a wine quality given to the flavor and feel, though that could be influenced by the named Cabernet aging. This is a really good beer. Probably my favorite of the mutiny fleet so far. ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is ruddy brown with two fingers of quickly dissipating kaki head that left very modest lacing. Nose is a beautiful swirl of ultra creamy vanilla, velvety caramel, dark molasses, wood, and I don’t know how, but something very similar to cherry. Taste is verbatim to the nose, and delivered in the utmost decadent of dessert fashion. I enjoy Below Decks, but this CAB barrel takes it to a different world! Get this if the opportunity presents itself, as long as you can indulge a hell of a sweet tooth! Cybercat (6340) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolate-brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Malty aroma has subtle notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor has a strong, fruity alcohol bite that still lets through malty, chocolate and toffee notes. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Texture is quite thick, almost syrupy, with subtle but persistent fizz. Drink with care, lest you end up "below decks"! ;) Goodgrief (2071) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Chestnut brown pour, with surprisingly big head and some nice lacing. Light boozy nose. The flavor really picked up the cab flavor, like a nice twist of beer and wine. Sweet malty flavor with the bitter tannin twang. Velvety in the mouth. I liked the beer/wine hybrid. Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Wow. Sampled this on a bottle that’s about a year old. Developing very nicely. Has lost a good deal of the alcohol heat and now this is quite a smooth drinking brew with a pleasant warming sensation. Pours a murky brown with small ring of khaki head. Aroma is only slightly better than the flavor and has notes of caramel, fig newton, toffee, raisin, biscuit. The red wine vinous woodiness is only semi spicy and melds oh so nicely with the base beer. Great example of how to properly barrel age a beer. Great beer.