kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Date: 02/09/2007MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
Appearance: opaque brown, frothy beige head,
Aroma: sweet rum soaked raison aroma with oak and vanilla in the background,
Flavor: lots of oak and vanilla flavor on sweet chocolate malt, nice dark fruit character, touch of yeast adds interest, tartness comes in to balance the sweet,
Aroma: sweet winey aroma with less of the ripe fruit character,
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor is balanced by a fruity tartness, more oak for balance,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
On tap at the Hop Devil Grill, 2/21/07. dark ruby brown color, golden brown at edges. medium tan short head. red wine & deep raisiny malt aroma. flavor is deep caramel malt, some banana, then dry red wine. finish has a little berry and aftertaste is even sweeter. JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Dark brown beer with a creamy tan head. Beautiful spicy aroma with cloves and coriander along with a touch of sweet cardamom. Lots of soft red wine character that helps to accent the spicy yeast that they’ve used in here. Flavour is good, juicy and fruity showing lots of shiraz grapiness. Medium bodied and very vineous. Loads of red wine aroma/flavour. Light dates, raisins and dried fruit underlying the cherry/berry esters. Sweet and slightly toasty malts. Some blackberry and banana as the temperature really starts to warm. Warming brings out a touch of tannic astringency and soft vanilla that helps dry out a beer that would otherwise be quite sweet. A great example of how a barrel can accent a beer rather than dominate it. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Tap at Kuhnhenn strong ale fest at Hop Devil. Best of the night, IMO. Boozy, wheaty aroma. Rich, dark fruits. Oily and rich candy apple sweetness in the mouth. Boozy. Red wine hints are excellent. Very tasty and different, and the only beer of the fest that didn’t suffer from being way too big. ClarkVV (6961) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Draught at EBF on 2/9/07
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Thick-looking, opaque brown colored body has deep tan and violet tints, while the beige head quickly disappears in to the liquid, leaving only a film on the sides.
Fruitiness in the nose is somewhat matched by a pervasive, and rather dull yeast. Dry chocolate nips at the nose, while only faint banana and clove gets through from the yeast. Really red, boisterous and fruity is the barrel character, but it’s cut with yeast dullness as just mentioned, and it seems to dominate the beer. Light roastiness seems wetted down and even the pale malt sweetness seems heavy. No alcohol in the nose. Medium strength of aroma.
Very wet, slippery texture is heavily unfiltered and unfined. It definitely bogs down the palate quickly and the red fruitiness, dry chocolate and other medium/dark malts are left to try to escape from the undercarbonated, yeasty texture. Some light ash and spicy phenolics on the end further seem paradoxically pitted against each other. Just no brightness or cleanness and it dosent have the presentation of esters and light clove that the non-barrel version has. Grapey at times. Dosent even seem very recognizable as a dubbel. Messy.
EBF 2007: (Barrel aged version) Hazy brown in color with a light tan head. Aroma, some oaky and woody notes, banana, and some other light fruits. Flavor, grapes, some caramel, a bit of tartness, and some oak as well. Very interesting and quite tasty.