jbruner (5274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with intense, bubbly tan head that leaves light lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. The flavor of the wine comes through strong out of the gate, then the chocolate note comes through. The carbonation leaves it bubbly and light on the tongue, covering the alcohol well. Interesting stuff, pretty solid for kiwis. TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Very unique stout. A very odd aroma sensation for me of popped fireworks... I actually really like the taste combo of Pinot noir and stout. A lovely complexity. Finish is lightly fruity. Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Aroma of wood, oak and charcoal. Dark black in color with a thin foam top. Strong oak, sherry, grape and coffee overtones with a pleasantly thick finish with chocolate and big booze on the finish. Overall, This is a great change of pace for imperial stouts. Strong alcohol and complex flavors. I’d give this an A+ rating. Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Pours a dark brown with two and a half fingers of rocky tan/light brown head. Decent retention and a little lacing. Aroma is roasted, malty, coffee. Flavor is roasted, oak, light coffee, malty, fading into noticeable alcohol. Roasted malty finish that lingers. Pinot and barrel flavors become more noticeable as it warms. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy body. A slightly oily mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured a dark heavy brown. Nose of roasted malt. No hints at all of PInot Noir and why the hell would one use barrels from what everyone knows is one of the lightest red wines. Man up and use Cab or Zin.
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours back with dark tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain, dark chocolate with a red wine note. Favor is much the same, malty and as a woody finish and big dark roast bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid brew! emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Ok, first off. Explosive bottle. Blew the cork and cage off and poured with a profuse amount of carbonation/head. 2 to 3 fingers of fizzy chestnut tan head. Always a good sight....
Hard to pick out the nose, some charred wood and light coffee roast with a touch of alcohol and fruit skins. Lightly vinous with some dark fruit. and booze. Nice enough but not too crazy. Needs body and less carbonation
Nice though r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Huge, foamy tan head over a dark color. Roasty, toasty, smooth. Cocoa, coffee, toast, with a sweet dark malt. Very nice. Full, but the alcohol is well masked. robforbes (2266) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
pours a pitch black with an extremely large head, lots of carbonation, and good lacing.
smell is of cocoa, some smoke, and a bit of red wine.
taste is of licorice, beef jerky, cocoa, sour malt, and wood. ends a little sour. llcooldave (1224) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours a very black in the glass. Huge dark roasted malt aroma. Some dark cocoa followed by a slight coffee liquer aftertaste. Overall, a very "hearty brew"... Delicious!