TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a short tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with dark fruit notes, wet wood, red wine, grape skins and light chocolate. Taste is strong roasted malt and grape notes, red wine, wet wood, dark chocolate, dark fruit, tart fruit and very soft funky notes. Body is medium with a light carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, grapes, red wine, wet oak, dark fruit and lighter chocolate notes. UncleKorm (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2013
750ml bottle poured clear deep dark brown hue w/ a huge frothy tan head slowly diminishing w/ some sticky lacing. Moderate aromas of barrels, grape, grain, and sweet orange citrus. Initial flavor is a moderate sweet to a light acidic finish. Tastes are grapes, dark chocolate, cask wood, lightly roasted coffee, and lemon. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a light alcoholic warmth in the finish. gmellison (428) - Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
On tap at choice city. Pours a cola brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma of grapes. Has a nice light sourness, overall really nice reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Pours brown with a thick and foamy tan head...nice retention. Aroma has winelike grape notes and a bit of roasty/burnt cocoa. Flavor is notably grapey...subtle tartness...lots of roast and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a warming roasty/bitter finish. tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2013
red brown pour, with grey head. Aroma is vinous, grapes present, along with burnt sugar and malt. Medium to light bodied, a lot lighter in body in than I anticipated. Flavor mimics aroma with long finish. Not bad.
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2013
The color of this beer is a very, very dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head, and the aroma combines the scents of toasted malts and red grapes despite its subtleness. The taste with its mild umami, slightly sour, and a touch sweet is very enjoyable and indulgent, and the palate mixes a full body, slick texture, soft carbonation, and a long finish. Beergeek23322 (2643) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2013
750 ml. caged and corked bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a tan head. Yeast sediment settling at the bottom. A hint of sweetness from the oak, which shows through more as you sip. Sweet on the palate, but finished with a bit of bitterness. cards04 (2919) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Really enjoyed this. Aromas of sweet chocolate, wood, and grape juice. Tastes like a chocolate covered grape. A little boozy but very nice. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, grapes, vinous, oak, vanilla, and metal. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, grapes, caramel, vinous, and oak. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Thanks, Jeff! Interesting move, to double down on the vinous qualities that sometimes come with strong porters. And even more quirky to choose this particular grape. Reddish brown pour, deep and murky but without being mere soup. Light beige head, seems lively despite the apparent heavy depths. Nose is really inviting, with chocolate, yeast, and a pronounced nuttiness that goes well with the vinous notes. Full but not sludgy body, very well done base porter. Taste reveals some vanilla, mildest of coffee, deep lustrous chocolate and very nice, subtly integrated grape. Surprising and quite nice.