bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light wine and toffee aroma. Chocolate and light roast flavor with light wine. Medium-plus bodied. Wine and roast lingers with chocolate. Clashes a bit, but otherwise good. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/13/2010. This porter pours a medium black color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee with a touch of wood. A medium to light bodied porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee with a hint of oak. The hops are herbal. Nice balance. The wood character is mostly evident at the finish and then it sticks around for a while. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. nickd717 (4885) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Ah, how lucky I am to get to tick another barrel aged porter incarnation from the world-famous Palo Alto Brewing.
This beer was served on tap in a large snifter, with a fairly generous pour for about $7 I believe. The beer pours black and opaque as hell, with a small tan head that soon fades.
Aroma is nice, with lots of roast and a little dark chocolate. The -bal aging is evident, with a noticeable oak presence, and some tannic red wine is evident as well.
The flavor is good, but not nearly as good as the bourbon barrel aged incarnation. The base beer and the syrah barrel fight it out rather than cooperating. The roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee are still present, but to a lesser extent than in the original, and the tannic wine and oak overwhelm a bit, giving it a slight sour note.
Decent mouthfeel, medium-full bodied and smooth, but I don’t like the tartness all that much.
I downed the glass but probably wouldn’t have wanted too much more. A valiant effort from Kasim, but since I’m trying to rate tougher on barrel aged beers these days.