Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle: The aroma is very vinous with notes of sweet and tart cherries along with some chocolate and faint oak. It pours brown with some red highlights when held to the light. It has a small beige head that diminishes almost instantly. The flavor starts with a light mixture of chocolate and caramel and then turns light-moderately vinous. The finish has mild cherry and grape tartness along with some light oak. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG ’08: Poured a dark brown color that looked like a glass of cola. Beige head. Tart fruity cherry aroma aand flavor with a mix of spices thrown in. The body was lighter than I expected. bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle: Courtesy of pepsican...thanks Andy. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this...the pour looked like some of the finest balsamic vinegar ever and the aroma was sic. Big vinous notes with some dark malts, raisins, black cherries. There seems to be a very subtle vanilla and oak tone going on but the wine-like qualities pretty much overpower them. Lightly carbonated...dry, medium body. Starts slightly sweet and wine-like and then morphs into a dark, malty, fruity finish that has notes of chocolate and oak showing through. Fine brew. yespr (48916) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
37.5 cL bottle. Pours brown and with a lacing tan head. Dense fruity and malt aroma. Smooth and inviting. Dense fruity and slight woody base flavour. Smooth and slight acidic to fruity finish. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Pours dark brown with a small light brown head. Smells pretty sweet, a little tart smelling, with some dark fruit, and caramel malt as well. The flavor was more on the fruity side, lots of creamy vanilla mixed in with grapes, apples, plums, and a touch of some bready yeast as well. The alcohol presence was masked quite nicely for a barley wine although this wasnt a monster of a beer by any means. I thought this was well done.
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Cloudy muddy brown color with a congregation of large bubbles. Vinous nose of red wine, tobacco, wood, and earth. nice sour woody vinous flavors painted across a malty canvass...nice tart wood notes increase the overall earthiness of the experience. I like the rustic nature of this beer, that’s what it’s all about. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle at RBSG. I’ve seen this around, but haven’t tried it, possibly because it’s expensive. Black color. Dryish and bland. Eh. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle @ RBSG. Pours dark brown with a ring of a tan head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet with a bit of tartness. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Thanks Beerlando! This is a truly lovely drinking experience. Pours a somewhat oily but decadent deep brown in color with absolutely no head at all. Vinous fruits and caramelized brown sugar. Its amazing to me how you can take a miniscule beer and barrel age it and it come alive, completely transformed. Front of the palate is slightly vinous and fruity, then a flavor explosion happens, sweet vanilla and oak notes, some dry red wine like tannins. This is really different and delicious. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle; I think this is my first beer from Italy. Color was a nice dark, reddish-cola brown. Head was off white in color. Aroma was heavy on fruit, oak with a definite tartness presence. Thought I could pick up a bit of spice. Flavor was definite unusual for a barley wine, I am guessing its due to the wine aging. To me it just didn’t work that well and I just couldn’t get myself to really like it. Flavor was dominated by the oak/fruit flavors; a bit harsh; would have liked the underlying beer to shine through a bit better.