IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Poured a deep mahogany with a very small off-white head. Somewhat faint aroma of oak, chocolate, and some acidic grape fruitiness. Flavor follows and is surprisingly tart with some notes of oak and current, with a touch of cherry and grape. Lightly carbonated body. Unusual, though I expected as much from the Italians, and though wasn’t bad, I’m not dissuaded from enjoying more traditional barley wines more. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
Shared with rudy and IPFreely. Dark chestnut brown color topped by a tiny white head. Oak vanilla and red grape aromas. Nice dry oak flavors accompanied by grape skins, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. This was really a very enjoyable beer, almost like a great Flemish Red minus the puckering sourness. Not really a barley wine in my book, but an interesting and enjoyable experience. 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. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Aroma is vinous with notes of oak and a hint of vinegar. Taste is coffee, chocolate, oak, and a slight nuttiness in the finish. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle shared by Alan. Thanks! Pours black with tan head. It whisps away quickly. Aroma really picks up the components of the wine well this beer was aged in. I almost thought I was smelling wine, not beer. Interesting. Plum and blackberry comes through. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors are like what I would expect. It really tastes more like a red wine. Without the strong tannins associated with one. But its still got a touch of tannic feel. Very interesting brew.
fiammanghilla (972) - Genova, ITALY - MAY 9, 2017
Scura con schiuma inesistente.
Al naso resta un pelo di torrefatto, ma domina l’acido.
Anche in bocca conferma una leggera aceticità, corpo medio, finale con malto torrefatto bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle: pours a deep dark red - reminds a bit of red wine but cloudy, I can smell the red wine aroma from a few feet away, also a sweet aroma hidden under the wine aroma, taste is sour, the wine from the barrel aging is quite present as well in fact it mostly overpowers anything else this beer has to offer. Very interesting stuff, certainly drinkable...I wonder what a wine lover would think of this one? MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] shared by guerde. Pours a clear, burnt caramel with almost no head. Aroma has lots of red wine barrel character, which I am really thrilled about, plenty of tannin, caramel, cherry, and alcohol. The barrel doesn’t completely cover up the base beer, which is nice. Flavor is a bit thin and nearly flat, there is a nice sharp tartness in there, caramel, and cherry. SkillsFactory (738) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2017
Marrone scura con riflessi rubino spenti, schiuma beige di buona persistenza e appiccicosa.
Aroma di liquirizia, barrique, leggero anice, leggermente vinosa.
In bocca attacca legnosa e vinosa, successivamente cacao e liquirizia, finale legnoso e lievemente vinoso seguito da cacao.
Carbonazione media, medio-bassa, corpo medio. bdigital (658) - 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.