deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured a clear brown with an off-white head that started and remained at the edges and laced nicely. Aroma had a note of dry red wine with red fruits and some underlying dark and roasted grains. Flavor had a dry red wine note with red fruits and a bit of roasted grains lying underneath. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Growler … This beer rocks!… Murky, dark brown/almost black beer with a small, fat-bubbled, khaki head. The aroma offers sour cherries and funk along with back-seat components of chocolate, wood and toasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The tart, nutty flavor also displays cherries, wood and a vinous note. Tangy, dry finish. Growler of this world class beer courtesy of darkguardian! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Reddish pour. Aroma is full of cherries,wood, wine grapes and a slight tartness. Flavor is cherries, wine, oak and a nice tart finish. Odd yeast strain for my taste buds. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
alexsdad06 (10416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: tart cherry aroma backed by sweet chocolate
Flavor: tart cherry flavor, dry dark chocolate, just a hint of fruity sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
22 oz. bottle (from notes). Pours dark brown with reddish tint and a small beige ring. The aroma is tart cherry, vinous, dark caramel malt, some roast. The flavor is very similar; tart dark cherries, vinous, red grapes, light funk, roasted malts, some woody notes. I had various bottles over the course of the year, and although it changed some, I liked experiencing those changes.
phaleslu (10264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
2009 and 2011 vintages tried side-by-side. 2009: bottle 51/156, 2011: 229/384. Both poured a dark, murky brown with a reddish hue; the 2011 was deeper and redder and the 2009 was cloudier and browner. Aroma of cherries, grapes, oak, brown sugar, and toasted malts; the berries and cabernet really comes through stronger in the 2011 but the 2009 shows more complexity. Flavor of tart cherries, grapes, and plums, along with toast and oak. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. The 2009 is more tart and the 2011 is more vinous. Slight edge to the 2009, but both were very good. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
courtesy of Markwise
pours reddish, no head.
aroma and flavor, loads of cherries / mild cherry tartness. Barrel on this one was rather enjoyable, not overdone, lingering chocolate malts, and dark fruits; currants. Cabernet adds a nice warming abv and grape like mouthfeel that blends perfectly with the barrel.
Another tasty treat by Jackie-O
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
22oz bomber thanks to JCB! Pours a deep amber with not much of a head nor lace- okay because it’s barrel aged! Very sweet nose with oxidized fruit, dark chocolate, cherries. Taste is a bit like a sour cherry porter. Still, it comes off a bit medicinal. Really interesting. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. Bottle 30/312, 2012 vintage. Very dark brown color. Thin light brown head. Leaves nice arcs and dots of lace. Awesome cabernet dark grape, chocolate aroma, light wood. Very nice light to moderate tart taste, not overly sour, but pleasantly so. Light sweet taste. Bigger body. Nice chewiness to the texture. Light carbonation. Lightly sticky texture. Awesome, delicious complex barrel-aged imperial porter. arminjewell (9664) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish brown with white head, aroma brought notes of oak, cabernet grapes, some slight red raisin, dark fruits, rich caramel and toffee, some sour fruit notes with a hint of lactic acid, with a ever so slight hint of acetic acid. Taste was a mix of slight tart fruit with lots of cabernet grapes, hints of caramel, toffee, some acetic and lactic acids, finishing with an oaky dry finish. Wish there was more cherry, it got kind of lost.