tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2011
500ml bottle. (Super short rating). The last of my HF gems graciously sent to my by Dany. Merci my friend! Plenty smoky on the nose. A good dose of the red wine barrel influence. Slightly salty, leathery with some vanilla and bitter chocolate. Pours a thick black with a gorgeous dark khaki head. Perhaps the smokiest of the three FT’s on the tongue. Smoked wood (wet campfire), peat, chocolate, anise, leather, wood. Less complex than the others as well. Seems a bit muddied and unfocused. Medium bodied. Low carbonation with a tannic and slightly salty lengthy finish. Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours black brown, with tan head. Aroma is bourbon with chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet with some dark cherry, chocolate and of course Bourbon notes. Finish is sweet with some brown sugar and roasted malt. Overall another fine beer from Shaun hill! Good stuff! Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black/Brown pour. bacon, smoke, very vinous, chocolate bar, tobacco leaf, cured meat. Vanilla, tobacco, bourbon wood are major components of the flavor, The smoothest of the 3, yet my least favorite. Still damn good, sandal wood, relatively dry, subtle cab flavor. I love the barrel aging of these beers, subtle and damn good. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Side by side with all 3 versions. Black pour with a beautiful frothy light tan head. Aroma smells just what one would expect from a blend of the other two; more smoked meat, but the vinous notes remain. Also some tobacco leaf. The blend isn’t quite as good as the two separate versions. Has lots of vanilla and more wood presence and the palate is very smooth, but it is the least bold of the 3. Still, awesome take on the style. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Horizontal tasting. Epic black pour with a tan head. The aroma holds loads of bacon, cabernet grapes, smoked salmon, cocoa nib, chocolate, and roasted barley. The flavor holds vanilla, vinous grapes, peat, bacon, cocoa nib, and slight tannic barrel notes. The palate is rich thick, creamy, and decadent.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
500ml bottle. Head to head comparison between the cabernet and the cabernet/bourbon blend so this review will encompass both versions.... pours of both look very much of the same. the cab tends take on a darker profile but that’s attributed to the thinner-based glass. mostly porter-like stout pour with edges veering towards a reddish hue. a fairly thin light khaki head tops both but is quick to recede to a thin wispiness while the edges tended to have more retention... aroma is fairly similar but the bourbon being more prominent in the blend which of course is expected. both incorporate an attractive beefy smokiness from the smoked. i really liked it in Jim and the same holds true here. the cab doesn’t necessarily jump out at you but seems to add a red fruit subtlety. as for the blend, the bourbon is more assertive and less fruit surfaces...from a flavor perspective, both exhibit adequate aspects of smokiness and smooth roasty chocolate notes. vinous red fruit qualites are fairly distinct in the cab version.
mouthfeel of the cab had less body than the other and carbonation was lively in nature where as the blend had more body as well as an added creaminess which i enjoyed a bit more. both seemingly have an earthy bitterness on the backend.... overall i think i would give my preference to the blend. the wine notes came through a bit too much and took away from the body. the bourbon added another layer and complexity that i had more of an affinity to.zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle at Joe’s goodbye tasting - dark brown pour, oaky, woody and roasty, rich, chocolate, complex body with a note of smoke. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
I enjoyed the cabernet aged version much better than the bourbon. I think the bourbon in the blend really ruins the beer. I very hot, boozy, smoky beer. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Deep smokey black cherry notes, minerals and drying. Smoked malt, coco hints, a vinous bourbon and cab blend. Nice offering. Really delicious. Ungstrup (37556) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a red shine under a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and roasted malt , as well as lighter notes of smoke, roasted malt, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, alcoholic, and roasted finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.