madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from MatSciGuy - thanks Levi! Pours deep, dark mahogany with very little carbonation or head. This was interesting given the cap/cork combo blew off like a gunshot when opened. The smell was nice--lots of dry red wine overlayed on some sweet, rich flavors, a little caramel, and some booze. Taste is the dry red wine, caramel, dark malt, with a tannic and dry finish. Lovely. Great legs and glass-coating. Mouthfeel was a little odd though--real thin and watery, which belied the rest of the beer. Gotta like red wine to like this one, but thankfully I do. Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Lots of cherry, for sure, with notes of smoke and salami--very meaty. Thicky beer with roasted qualities, almost viscous. Coffee-like finish. Plenty of complexity and rather good considering that some Italian beers disappoint relative to the price-point. (This is still overpriced....) Bottle. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Sampled from a bottle at Crown in Indy. The appearance is a really deep black with some purple or ruby edges. The flavors and aromas are very vinous, a lot of dark fruits, figs, a nice mild tartness really sets this brew off. It makes me think of a soured port with a lighter body. Excellent, grabbed a bottle to enjoy later. Another Italian delight. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma has lactic dark fruit goodness with red grapes, black raspberries, and strangely enough....chocolate. Flavor shows the same with additional oak notes. Overall body is light, somewhat sweet, and the acidity is present yet somewhat flat. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours a dark plum/chestnut brown color with a thin beige foam head that had good retention, slowly fading to a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.
Earthy aroma with lots of oak/wood character as well as plenty of vinous dark fruit, candy sugar and chocolate malt. Hints of grape and other dark berries.
Medium bodied and very well balanced with the dark malt flavor countering the sweet and tart notes. Complex with chocolate malt, vinous dark, oak and vanilla flavors complimenting each other nicely. Hints of grape, currant and other dark berries. A touch too vinous but overall this beer is very flavorful and extremely quaffable.
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Not much by way of notes on this one! I think this was towards the end the night at a tasting over at mark’s house. "Sweet and sour, dark and berry. molt acidic". lol. can barely read it. but I must have loved it based on the numbers! Would definitely like to try it again. fonefan (48618) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
fiulijn (20372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark malt, berry, tart, barnyard, dark berries, raisin, plum, oak, red wine. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, raisin, red wine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 Skyview (5907) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
2014-10-25, vintage 2009, 5 years old, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Perfect balance, good chocolate, very vinous, maturing very well. Excellent.
2012-03-24, bottle from the brewer, thanks Riccardo! Vintage 2009, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Very dark brown color, almost black; small head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, with a pleasant wine twist, light wood too. The body is strong enough, with malt flavor, chocolate, quite strong sour presence, light fruits, vinous. Astringent final.
Dynamic and very pleasant, complex.
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. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
Pours an extremely dark cola brown color. A bubbly, swirly, cream colored head leaves behind minimal, sudsy spotting. The aroma is fantastic, showing a wide spectrum of well integrated elements. Dry and sweet cocoa is accompanied by a touch of dark caramel, with tons of vanilla laden oak, vinous dark fruits, rum cake, and even hints of black cherry. I could smell this all day. The aroma really hypes you up for the first sip, which is unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Still very good, the sourness from the vinous elements overtakes the cocoa and caramel sweetness just a bit too much. The barrel has obviously exerted significant influence over this brew. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one finishes on the dry side for a barley wine, with a lingering tartness that is quite unique. Overall, a very cool brew that smells looks, smells, and feels wonderful, but gets a bit muddled when it comes to flavor. Still a great brew.