slowrunner77 (12471) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"A BSA with quite a bit of age in it, unless they’ve done a rerelease. A bit of a sweet mess, though not entirely unemployable. Wine like qualities and a hint of regular old grape juice mingle with Belgian spices, bubble gum and alcohol. A Bit muddled." SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Liquid poured as dark black tea color and formed a small layer of film for a head. I found the aroma to be quite faint, but there was a scent of sweet syrup like malt, and a hint of wine or sour grape. The flavor is robust and complex that causes some confusion and is making me think a lot of where to start. First, there is a thick layer of sugary malts that suggest caramel or somewhere along the lines of an English malt because of the ever noticeable cigar and syrup. Also, a tart yet fruity background that can be associated with fig or fresh plump raisins is picked up which adds a lot more depth to the profile. It looks like Karl Strauss finally decided to actually make some worthy beers all of a sudden. Now if they can just make most of their beers by draft available and easier to find in bars besides their expensive fancy smancy restaurants. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Craft Brewers Conference 2012 burg326 (5577) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Amber in color, hazy with a thin white head. Big Belgian yeast lots of barrel aroma and flavors. Nice brew holds up very well. Big alcohol brew will kick you if your not ready.
22 ounce bottle that poured a dark deep red color. I was not looking forward to this bottle at all, not a big fan of wine, however this overall was a nice beer and surprised me. Aromas of carmael, grapes, and some oak. Flavor was like a traditional old ale with some oaky vanilla and a touch of grapes. In my opinion the wine/grape flavor was not overpowering at all a great beer overall. DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Was this beer made from grapes?? Yeah , grape flavor domintated the beer. The dryness of a crisp champagne came to mind. Nicely made beer, but a little strange on the palate.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle from Hollingshead in 2010. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, slight candy sugar, and light grape juice. Flavor is almost sweet, traditional barleywine. The beer was very enjoyable...very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone radagast83 (8208) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a dark cloudy copper color with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is sweet, touch of dried fruits, grape notes. Flavor is caramel sweetness, touch of alcohol, a bit cloyingly sweet, but nothing bad. Very interesting. hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle at dak’s 8/14/10.
auburn brown color with a trim white head.
it smells like butterscotch... along with grain, fruity sweetness, spice and vanilla.
it tastes the same only it is very sweet and thick. neat but near cloying.6/3/5/3/13 JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Brilliant mix of fruit and booze finished very sweet. The domination of the Zinfandel grapes is pleasant and no other flavor profiles are needed. Surprisingly light colored pour with a small one finger head. One of my favorite beers of the year. It’s characteristics are easy to dissect and after aging for 18 months it becomes even more drinkable and smoother on the palate. daleharshman (1071) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($7.29). Pours a murky but bright deep red hue with a finger of off-white foam. Aroma of crusty bread, dark caramel, sticky overripe fruit, and a hint of bourbon. Flavor consists of significant caramel, some vinous grapiness and other fruit, vanilla, and a hint of the bourbon barrel. Fairly sweet but far from cloying. The 10.2% is hidden quite well. A different and fairly complex beer...good job Karl. (62, 505)