Godofthecellar (678) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 22, 2013 BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Puzzl. Thanks Andy. Wow, I really like this one. Tons of wine, tastes more like a cabernet than a beer. I love it. Definately not for everyone.
Thank you bucketboy for bringing this ghost. Poured into a dave tasting glass.
Appearance- dark black with a thin layer of espresso head
Nose- roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol
Taste- incredibly complex. Cant believe how how this held up after so many years. Zero oxidation. Chocolate covered cherry followed by a sip of aged port, is the best description i can give. Very well balanced flavors, with just the right amount of sweetness scanovajr (729) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - OCT 18, 2012
Bottled. A deep black beer with a tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar and oak. Taste is sweet and malty, brown sugar, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate. It also has a slight sour note. Very think and creamy chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thanks to Alex for bringing this unknown quantity to our tasting, a rare treat indeed, just wish I was a tad more sober...This is basically the perfect wine stout. The aroma is great, oak, cherries, red wine, chocolate, lots going on but complex and nothing is overpowering...The taste is really a combination of a red wine and stout, a very vinous feel, tannic stickness, nice chocolate accent. bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Boozy, oak, dark malt aromas. Full bodied. Darkly vinous. Very oaky, slightly sour. There’s a bit of sugar struggling to be recognized. Chocolate pops in and out. It sort of drinks like port. marcus (10864) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle from Plump Jack. Pours jet black with an attractive tan head and a sour vinous chocolate aroma. Ther flavor is chocolate cherry with a slightly sour finish. Very unique and tasty and drinks like a port.
IndianaRed (5119) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Corked and "double-dipped" 750. at a private tasting at Brewforia in Meridian, ID.
Clear black with redish brown edges. Big licorice chocolate and tart apple aroma aroma. Bigger green apple in the flavors, sweet chocolaty and wandiney from the barels. Moderate bodied, very softly carbonated, almost still, and a soft smokey trailer. Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle shared by Masterski at our Epic Chicago Tasting. Poured into Rochefort tulip.
A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with large bubbles, a thin ring, and no lacing.
S - Red wine, chocolate, barrel/oak, alcohol, cookie notes.
T - Similar to the palate. The wine and chocolate meld well together and I’m really digging this. I would say this is as close to a beer that tastes like wine then I’ve ever had. Syrah is strong enough to come through with the stout...yum.
M - Full bodied, slight carbonation, very rich.
D - More please. Recommend. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle @ Paul’s tasting thanks Puzzl. Black pour with some light head. Chocolate, coffee, maple and some sugary molasses notes. Cherry, rum, vinous, almost port wine like finish. Slight warming, but a nice twist on a a style I drink pretty often. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle from Jon, thanks man. Very weird mix of coffee, red wine, and milk in the aroma. Flavor is similar, with an unusual, mismatched finished that leaves my palate very confused. This was a very divisive beer, with half the people loving it, half the people not liking it much at all. I was one of the latter, though it showed some potential. nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
On tap at the Rose & Crown for Mayfield Brewing night for only $7 for a large pour - a crazy discount compared to the outrageous price of a bottle of this. Pours black and somewhat thick with purplish hues. Minimal head. Excellent aroma: smooth roast and chocolate along with sweet port wine, black cherry, oak, and vanilla. Flavor is really amazing. A very good base stout, with roasted malt, toffee, coffee, and dark chocolate, which benefits even more from the barrel aging. Sweet and mildly tannic port, black cherry oak, and vanilla really add to the complexity. Smooth and fairly thick on the palate with low carbonation and a little bit of wine-like acidity. Overall a very interesting and very good beer. Now I saw the brewer, John, at the event but didn’t get to talk to him. I would have liked to compliment him on what a great job he did in brewing this excellent barrel aged imperial stout. The only problem (and it’s a big problem) is that bottles typically sell for over $40, an absolutely INSANE price point. I just don’t get how someone can start up as a brewer and come out of the gate charging that much. I would buy this beer like crazy at $20. At $43, no chance in hell. There’s just so much better value out there.