Benzai (16682) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 Bottle [thanks to mista] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, lightly a touch of wine, a touch of roast but only slightly. Taste malts, lightly roast again and also a hint of wine but not a lot, bitter, slightly alcohol, slightly coffee. Lingering lightly roasty bitterness, a bit thin texture for a 10+ ABV Imperial Stout, decent body, medium carbonation. Pleasant, but nothing incredible. DutchDrebus (6191) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle @home shared by benzai. Pitch black colour with a small to medium sized beige head. Smells roasty, tar, coffee, hint of chocolate. Tastes some cork, roasty, coffee, chocolate, hint of red wine but it’s very feint, slightly sweetish and slightly grape peel. Medium to full body, soft carbo. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2014
A black body with a tan head that had no retention or lace. Aroma was mostly roasted coffee, some chocolate malts. The was a mild sense of leather. No Pinot noir notes. Flavor had more balance between chocolate and coffee malts. A slight ester note in the finish. Decent stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a dark brown with a small light brown head. Aromas of coffee, heavy roast and chocolate. Taste is semi dry and moderately bitter. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, some light wine notes. Slightly vinous. Medium carb, medium bodied. Some liquorish offered along with some dark fruit notes. Finished with a slight twang. Decent. smaynard6000 (1242) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
bottle. Pours black with a small creamy beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Interesting flavors- plenty of chocolate and cocoa as one would expect, also some spiciness with oak undertones. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel and chocolate finish. Pretty damn good.
two7offsuit (448) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet malt and coffee. Flavor is similar to the aroma. MetalNHopHead (2182) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Beers aged in wine barrels (or rum or whiskey, for that matter) are always supremely interesting. Imperial Stouts tend to be go-to selections for this type of aging. Their richness makes them a smart match with other fine elixirs. New Zealand’s Moa spends some quality time in pinot noir barrels and the end result is complex and fascinating. Moa pours jet black and has a modest head. Aroma has an awesome oak aroma with some toasted malts lingering in the background. You certainly pick up on some wine tannins, too. This beer’s vinous characteristics are even more pronounced in the flavor. Dry dark fruit tones share the space with cocoa and coffee. I was surprised by how unimposing the flavors are. In terms of feel and flavor, Moa is damn smooth. There’s some warmth in the finish but not as much as you’d expect from the 10.2% ABV. While this brew could generally be a bit bigger, this blend of wine and strong ale is not too shabby. HuskerTan (2396) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
A- Wine, slightly sweet, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, roasted, malty.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Wine, tannins, slightly sweet, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, malty, dry.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, semi dry finish.
O- Decent, but I thought the wine barrel aging was a little on the strong side. I have concluded that bourbon aging is better than wine aging. Rich and complex, even a wine drinker might convert over to beer with this brew. Stuu666 (14806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is fruity, chocolate, taste is dry and smoky, wine. Shark_Pants (765) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Nice black and opaque in a tall glass with a 1 finger beige head. Aromas - chocolate, coffee, some oak, slight vanilla. Taste - coffee, less chocolate than expected, dryness and vinous character from the barrels. Definitely oak and pinot notes in the finish. Fairly full bodied. Quite enjoyable.