beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Tasted at the Triple Rock Sour and Barrel Aged Fest on 2/12/2011. This Barleywine pours an eclipse black color form a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit, raisins, oak and wine. There is a touch of a savory flavor as well. A medium to full bodied Barleywine. The malts are fruity and sweet, raisins, oak and wine. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nicely balanced. Hints of wood and red wine. A very complex beer. I cans ee why these beer get the $$ they are asking for them. Very complex, very smooth tasting beer. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet badgerben (5355) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Thanks to Brewfiend for sharing! Black color with a thin head. Light aroma of wine, oak and a little tart sourness. Raisin and grape flavor. Some chocolate and oaky vanilla. Very, very light sourness. Quite delicious. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle, thanks Alex! Nice pop from the plastic cork. The color of the beer is the color of dark chocolate. Yields only scant head. Aroma is wholly unique. Chocolate is immediately apparent. Over that is funky barrel with fun sour organisms and cherries. Palate is dry, nearly woody, flat and somewhat thin. Flavors of sour cherry predominate, which then mellows out to smoothness. The flavors do not carry all the aromas. Not as much chocolate. There is lots of sherry instead. Nice flavors with dry finish. Very drinkable. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle: Poured a reddish black with thin tan color head. Aroma was strong sour grapes and very wine like. Taste was sour grapes with offsetting malts and strong alcohol warming. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
375ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, oak, tannins, slight acid, slight chocolate, and a hint of dark ripe fruit. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, brown/beige had that disappeared except for around the edges. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, grapes, oak, wine, dark fruit, light acid, and some chocolate. Medium body. Thin, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, vinous, grape, malt, wood, finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a creamy, wispy, off-white head. nick76 (4404) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Smell: Dark, roasty malts smelling of dark chocolate, barley, and caramel transition into a more wine-like aroma of slightly tart, concentrated fruits and oak.
Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of chocolate, roasted barley, sweet caramel, and half-n-half soaked licorice. Enter the creaking wood. Pinch of tobacco. Vinous, tart fruitiness with flavors of grapes and dried black cherries. Hint of vanilla. More oak showing through, becoming quite plentiful. Touch of lactic sourness on the otherwise fruity, oaken finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s interesting; some beers grow on you the more you drink, but with this brew, it’s just the opposite.
The aroma is sour, funky, and sweet with fruit, barnyard, and wood. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin and not very carbonated. Overall I don’t like this. 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. CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2009
The wife picked this up for me at Dirty Johns, I had high expectations.... and they were met. FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
The beer pours a nice deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma immediately greets the nose with that old familiar barnyard funk with notes of good red wine and lots of tobacco and oak. The flavor maintains the very nice sourness throughout and the alcohol is very well hidden. The flavor once again has those hints of tobacco and some cherry with plenty of red wine and some cherry like tartness finishing with a good dark dry fruity raisin like character. I highly recommend this!
375ml bottle; Sampled January 2009
As I pour this I get a solid note of chewy, berry driven, tobacco edged red wine that is reasonably oaked. The beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a frothy, large bubbled, initially half-finger thick, browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, well burnt amber color that shows an almost opaque hue to it when held up to the light, but if held just right flashes of deep ruby show through. This is incredibly wine like in the nose, there is also a soft backdrop of funky, ripe cheese and the oak provides a spiciness to this beer that accentuates the alcohol just a bit. Jam-like berry notes, full red currants and concentrated red wine notes are joined by a touch of buttery oak, some solid vanillin notes and a raw, freshly cut oak note. This has got to have been aged in Red Wine barrels of some sort. I am really digging the nose on this beer, it is incredibly complex, though I suppose much of the malt / hop character has been consumed by its stay in the barrel. I really like the touch of funkiness in the aroma that this has picked up.
Lightly carbonated the beer has a lightness to it that makes it seem a cross between a red wine and a strong Belgian Ale. It has a touch of viscous heft to it as well as a light sweetness that accentuates some dark fruit notes of black currants, tannic cherries, concentrated blackberries and perhaps a touch of raspberry. The beer finishes with a nice oak character that is in well balance with the other flavor components; some tannic, spicy oak, a solid woody bite and a bit of buttery oak character in the finish. This has a touch of tartness to it that is wrapped up in the wine-notes somehow. I have finally noticed a bit of beer character here as this beer has a toasted malt middle to it as well as a hint of caramel and toffee, these last mix in with the buttery oak character. There is a certain nuttiness here that seems to be a product of the malt and oak character (this last almost tastes of coconut at times). Perhaps a hint of cocoa is noticeable at times, but this is quite subtle.
This is one marriage of wine and beer that is more on the wine side of the aisle. Definitely surprising given that this is a malt / hop product, and while this is incredibly tasty, even fantastic, the weakness of this beer is that it does not taste enough like a beer. Still I will happily consume this any day.