CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a lightly-carbonated barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, spotty light tan head. Complex aroma of funky sour cherries, oak and dark caramel malt with a hint of molasses and dark chocolate. Body starts semi-viscous and lightly sweet yielding to a crisp, vinous tartness with some oaky leathery character before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering toffee and black cherries. An interesting, well-balanced and enjoyable wine-barrel-aged brew. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured deep, murky brown with a loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma was sour, deep, and complex with dark fruit, light metallic notes, and cherries over dark malts (semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder).. nutty undertones. The flavor had a mild-to-moderate steel and fruity sourness throughout with cocoa and dark chocolates providing a dry cake-like core.. vanilla, nutty notes, and a touch of coffee hit the back with a hit of cognac-cy warmth. Medium-bodied and near perfectly balanced on the palate.. like a soured dry stout.. very interesting and enjoyable! vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle(old as hell). Dark pour with tan head. Dark tart fruit, wine, oak aromas. Charred malt, chocolate, wine, cherry, oak and smoke? AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
375ml bottle corked and wired. Brown with a fleeting head. Strong aroma is dark pit fruits with sweet spices, earthy wood and vanilla. medium body and smooth. Tastes mirrors the smell with earthy wood, cellar, and some smoky roasted malt flavors. Very much a rare and delicious treat, wish i’d made this my "first beer of the night" to further savor the flavors here. 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.
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle: Poured a cloudy and opaque deep burgundy color ale with light bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sour and oak notes are pretty intense with distinctive sweet barley notes also noticeable. Taste is a unique mix between some vinous tart notes with light cherry (which may originated from the oak) and some sweet barley notes. Carbonation is low with a full non-filtrated body and no alcohol was showing. Very particular, complex and challenging. jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Deep muddy brown coloured body with a slight ruby and purple coloured side and an almost non-existant light brown head - interesting! Aroma of sour grapes, cherries, oak, vanilla pods and deep raw sugar. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive taste that somehow fits right between sour wine/grapes and roasted malt - like a slightly sour (not as much as a flemish sour) brown ale. Aftertaste shows more malt, raisins, brown sugar, oak, vanilla and a light sour note, all with no character on the tongue, since there is no carbonation at all. Overall, a pretty below par beer with odd notes and an even odder cap (neat though). I don’t think this is a Barley Wine - more of an ’American Strong’ because of the generality of the category - but perhaps a flemish sour. I wouldn’t really recommend this at all, but if you want an Italian beer that isn’t absolutely horrible, this one isn’t too bad. I sampled this 37.5 cL (split) bottle purchased at Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 03-August-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 18-March-2009. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota and shared by brewfiend. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin film top that quickly dissipates clean. Aroma of some tar berries, a touch of vanilla, chocolate and sour raisins. Taste is tart berry, a touch of bourbon, oak, vanilla and some a little pinot noir. Finish is light tart, a little dry with a light dark grape aftertaste that quickly disappears. nearbeer (5606) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
375 ml. Nearly opaque brown-black with a half-finger head that settles to a fine web of lace. Dry yeast, sour cherry, and light wine aroma. Flavor is dominated by the same, with some light oak, coffee, caramel, and chocolate notes trying to peek through. Lingering aftertaste that allows the malt flavors in is the best part. Medium body is smooth, watery, acidic-tingly, and finishes dry. Interesting and good, not great. Much better options out there for the price of this winey beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Almost black with a short lived white head. Chocolate, berry, and red wine aroma. Nice creamy palate. Tastes of mild chocolate, vanilla, berry, red wine, and oak. This would be a nice complement to dessert.