ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Very very wine-like. Oaky, currants, tart, some chocolate. This beer is a mess and not really a beer. Like cranberry and cherry juice. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle sample (from notes). Clear dark amber brown, no carbonation and a sour red wine and whiskey aroma. Flavor was sour red grapes, oaky, earthy and finished dry with some alcohol (but not overpowering). JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
POurs thick black with notes of wood, earth, and wine. Fruit shows deep on the palate that then drives to a sweet and sticky finish. Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Thanks Jon for bringing. Brown with white bubbles in the head; lacey. Sourish from the cherry which is a bit of acid requiring food, under average mouthfeel. Malty including chocolate malt. Kind of sweetish. It said barleywine, but this category is the suitable one. Pricey for a just OK Belgian.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Obtained in one of the Perfect 10 Trades. Walnut colored flat looking brew. Vinous aroma. Strongly so. Vinous taste with a bit of wood. Lightly tart, and sour with some fruity notes to it. At first I did not like it. However it started to grow on me and I finished the bottle. It’s certainly a thin brew and it has wine all through it. The result is somewhat of a clash but ultimately it is one that you can drink if you are in the mood for something outside of the ordinary.
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
Barley wine tasting. odd one. brownish color good head, nose is sour kinda cherry or uhhm almost some lambic notes on nose. malty flavor and too sweet, maybe another one with some age would be better. Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
slight tart on the start, gives a nice mellow flavor with a bit of mild caramel flavor. slightly fruity. nice alaround hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle at dak’s 9/5/10.
dark woody brown color with a quickly disappearing head.
sour fruity nose... grapes maybe... along with malt sweetness, herbs, wood and smoke.
strange sour flavor as well... it is not overwhelming but it is definitely there... mixed with notes from the aroma. feels like it is missing something.
thin-medium body feels watery and disappointing. 6/3/5/2/13 jgb9348 (6250) - 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. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
bottle... dark brown, light tan ring, but not a ton to look at... the nose is awesome, a hint of sour vinegar, oak, red wine, a bit caramel... all that bursting aroma on the nose is gone on the taste, really boring and disappointing, light caramel with a typical americanish sour yeast note, generic oak, tastes watered down... to thin... great start, horrendous finish, pass