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. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Drinks very similar to the non barrel aged version. This is more vinous and has a very pleasant dry oak element. Palate has thinned a bit from the aging. Excellent brew from one of my favorite Italian breweries. From notes. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with small off-white head. Aroma of blackberry, oak tannins, sour funk, and yeast. Flavor of black cherry pits, caramel, roasted nuts, and oak. Some citrus as well. More of a sour than a barleywine, though the flavor doesn’t quite match or live up to what is expected by its nose JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
375ml bottle from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Dark brown pour with hints of purple at the edges, understated but persistent carbonation and very little retention. Nose is very ripe and tart, difficult to detect many notes that I normally associate with a barleywine but that’s just fine. Plums, dark grapes, wet wood, and young blackberry. Mouthfeel is fuller than I’d have thought, given the appearance, and this allows the lively flavors to come into play enjoyably. Oak and tart flavors come through quite prominently as you get into the tasting, and there are malts that come through a bit as well, along with strong currants. Kinda ends up coming off like Consecration’s little cousin. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
375ml shared by argo0. Thick dark blood red or purple colored body with minimal carbonation. Nose of syrah, oak, char, plum, overripe red grapes, and a bit of booze and some phenol chemical notes as well. Tastes of prickly, tannic grape and plum skin, some wine-like oak dryness, especially developing in the finish. Very interesting, and an improvement over the original.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2008
500 ml bottle purchased at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a bubbly dark black body with next to no head. Nose of sour Brett, dark fruit, and powerful vinous grapes. Rich, dry, sweet, chalky, oily mouthfeel. Tannins, wine, malt, and mild hops on tongue. Finished funky, sour, and winy in the end. Not a bad beer, but for $15 a bottle, not sure I’d buy another. Still, a great find. 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. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown cola color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of bourbon, candy sugar, sweet cherries, and hints of wood. Flavor is malty and sweet as well with notes of raisins, dark ripe fruit, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Generally syrupy and full-bodied mouthfeel with a pleasing phenol note on finish rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, shared w. Tim & Jacob. Thanks Jacob! Very dark brown, almost purple head. Nose is balsamic, meaty malts, bright pit fruits. Flavor is oakey, rich malt, some acidity & wine-ness. Fruity twang towards the end w. earthy malt. Very nice! MatSciGuy (924) - 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.