sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, liquorish, oak, canilla and light redwine. Flavour is roasted malt, oak, canilla, light redwine, chocolate and coffee. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Another awesome beer opened by hophead84 at Woodshop 5.0. Black color. Lightly sweet. Creamy head. Pretty nice. ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2010
375 bottle from DK. I had this up against the Niepoort during the Can-Russia Olympic hockey game. The Niepoort was the clear winner for me! Pours black with dark tan head. Nose full of Bordeaux notes, some roasted coffee and alcohol coming through. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, more wine notes, chocolate, raspberry and oak. Finish smooth with some lingering bitterness. Not as well married as the Neipoort, a bit too much Bordeaux character dominating. illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Rating #1000! Cool little 375 mL bottle graciously shared by hophead84 (Shane) at Woodshop 5.0. On a day where many sample-size pours showed just how non-black imperial stouts could be, this inky beast obliterated all forms of light. Tan head of fine bubbles, nice height and retention. Aroma erupts with milk and dark chocolate, caramel, beautifully integrated fruits including berries and grapes, and a sweet, complex alcohol note. Crushing roasty flavor with darkest chocolate, molasses, charred oak, and a very welcome jammy red fruit character in the finish. Bitterness comes twofold -- from the hops and the roast -- and pairs with a minor astringency to really brutalize the tongue, in a good way. Oily and thick with a chewy consistency and a perfect carbonation level. This just dominates. A fantastic beer for a momentous milestone. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Shane does it again at woodshop! Black pour. Chocolate, cherries, oak, toasted malt, light red wine notes...wow. Flavor marries the wine barrels, chocolate and roast amazingly well. Great beer. Shane you rock!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
375mL (?) bottle at Woodshop 5.0, generously shared by hophead84 of BA. Thanks, Shane! Pours a very dark, inky reddish-brown color; thin, medium-tan head with patchy lacing; nicely viscous pour. Lots of coffee, bitter chocolate, and hints of a dark fruitiness in the aroma; huge amounts of roasted coffee and bright oak; nicely integrated. Medium-to-full body: hints of a medicinal / red-wine-barrel character upfront, but quickly overstepped by loads of well-roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and dense brown sugar; good, but nothing overly exceptional from the barrel character, and LOTS of bright oak. Lasting finish of bitter chocolate, coffee, and nicely toasted oak. paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
woodshop 5.0 375 bottle. i love bordeaux in general, great beer and bordeaux intigration. more earth and soil, great balance and acidity, complex with, well bordeaux flavors. not sure how else to put it. very enjoyable, and reading it’s 12% alc, its very difficult to taste any alc. Would love to own this and cellar it as it would be nice to try again in several years. my favorite of the series they did of this beer I guess with different oak treatments. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Another amazing beer shared at woodshop 5.0 by Shane hophead84. Pous black with a light brown ring. Nose is sweet and quite vinious. Taste is sweet rich and vinous, very interesting, glad to be able to have a wine barreled imperial stout that marries the wine and the beer. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Thanks to Shane for Sharing: Pours black topped with dark brown head. Nose is boozy with an interesting roasty/charred character and red wine whispers in the tail. Flavors were clean, malty with slight roast, pretty evident hop bitterness, but not really much wine influence. Zita (6324) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
dark bread, chocolate, black, brown foam, lightly bitter, long finishfull body, creamy, soft carbonation, astringent, good beer,very good.