NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012 Tooch4321 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I loved the original, but this one is a disappointment. The nose is sweet with hints of oak and vanilla with a reddish gold hue. Flavor was a bit off, bits of oak, caramel and banana. Kind of a hot mess if you ask me, I think it might have done better in a bourbon barrel. Like many things in life, sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with the original and here is perfect example.
Draft at the Rev Party. Pours remarkably dark, almost amber-red. Fluffy white head. The nose is distinctly Belgian with pepper and clove, some fruity notes and a hit of oak. Not bad. On tasting, it is quite sweet. Very barrel forward overall. Not over the top, but the red wine does sned in some different complexity that I hadn’t expected. A bit big and heavy overall, but still pretty nice and interesting. User29624 (1683) - - MAY 4, 2012
Tap at Rev. Pours reddish brown with a thin head. Caramel, cherries, touch of red wine in the flavor and aroma. Solid beer. Newk (299) - - APR 30, 2012
Poured from tap at revolution into a tulip. Pours a dark brown color with a decent head.
Very interesting and balanced aromas of caramel, tart dark cherries, brown sugar, some toffee and slight bourbon aromas.
Full bodied with a good feel, but lacking a slight bit. Very good flavored of brown sugar, toffee and some caramel as well.
This holds the bourbon very well. It doesn’t dominate and it holds the alcohol well too. A very enjoyable quad with good complex aromas and flavors. deyholla (11914) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orangish gold with a near white head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of dark fruits and caramel with some dark grain, red wine and a hint of booze. Flavor has some sweet dark fruits with some sweet grains, sweet fruit and a hint of red wine in the finish. ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours apricot orange, small fan head. Nose is a port, raisins, and bread malts. Interesting. A bit of vanilla, honey sweetness and Cabernet barrel flavors on a thinnish body. Reminded me of a weak barely wine with the raisin notes. Solid but not my favorite.
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Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, deep amber-red colored body with an inch thick, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fairly fruity up front with some apples, melon, pear, and a light vinous note coming from the wine barrels. Slightly bready malts with a light caramel sweetness along with a light oak and barely a hint of banana and yeast spice showing up as this warms a bit. Flavor is similar. Soft, slightly sweet bready malts with a light caramel up front and some fruits, but the malts take over a bit more on the flavor and mute the fruits a bit more than the aroma. Some apple, melon, pear, and a hint of banana. A touch of honey sweetness towards the end as the oak comes out as well as some light red wine and vinous fruit notes. A light alcohol warmth before this finishes with a touch of yeasty pepper and a bit dry, but smooth from the malts. Fairly lengthy aftertaste with some vanilla coming through following a smooth, medium body and a light, gentle carbonation. Overall, I liked the original a bit more, but I thought the wine barrels worked for this. Still maintains that sweeter, bready maltiness with some nice fruits while the barrel is lighter, but offers a light red wine and vinous fruit note with some oak and a bit of a vanilla showing up. This wasn’t my favorite barrel aged beer from Revolution, but I found this enjoyable. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
5 oz pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich orange amber hue, laces well with rich haze, good glowing edges and body. A decent frothy offwhite head sits atop, laces small. Aromas are sweet bready malts, touches of apple and pear, gentle sweet malts, some touches of red wine and oak. Gentle spirit and spice, some orange and some apple. Initial is fuller bodied offering sweeter Tripel fueled malts up front. Apples, pears, sweet bread dough. Some honey, banana, and spice. Gentle dryness and red wine kick in as we bleed into the middle and backend. Offering some dryness, red wine grapes, red wine tannins, oak. Touches of hot spirit and dryness from the tannins linger well into the finish. Sweeter overall, the barrel gives it some life but some heat, not as sweet but more heat is the way I want to phrase that. Warm, some red wine presence but not enough for me as the sweetness kinda overruns it into the backend where I expect the tannins and dryness to do their thing. Not a beer I’d expect to be able to handle and display the red wine barrel appropriately. An ok beer. Probably a smidge better than the base.