brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fairly impressive tan head.
S: The nose is somewhat underwhelming with some light maltiness giving off some caramel sweetness and a bit of bread. Maybe a hint of oak, vanilla, or wine, but not too much going on.
T: A slight tartness to this, which I was definitely not expecting. Just a touch of grape flavor along with some other miscellaneous fruits. Maybe a bit of earthiness, but could just be the wood.
M: The body is definitely on the thin side. I don’t usually think of 5% altbiers going into barrels, so perhaps this was a bit ambitious.
D: I was not very impressed with this beer. It did not have anything that was outright terrible about it, but I did not find anything that kept me interested. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle shared by Dan, thanks! Poured a clear amber brown with a gray head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of sweet grains and caramel with a hint of bourbon in the background. Flavor was a combination of sweet grain with cookie and a hint of caramel. Quite smooth and slightly dry finish. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Rich deep brown amber pour with a nice frothy head. Aroma is like a sour - I’m really getting the grape/wine elements. Medium palate. Taste is slightly sour with some earthy malt. arminjewell (9669) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours deep red with off white head, aroma is complex with some nuts, caramel, touch of berry, and a bit of wine. Taste up front is some caramel, nuts, berry, vinous, with a bit of a flat ending. Good brew, but a bit weak at the end. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Following weeheavy’s rate. Bottle thanks to someone at sourfest. Pours with a brown body and a tan head. Aroma is aromatic, with brown sugar and a bit of tannic extraction from the grain. Taste is grainy, brown sugar, sweet, honey.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bomber, thanks to Bob! Poured deeper brown with a creamy cap of tan head. The aroma picked up toasty caramel and bready malts with a faint red wine and oaky accents.. soft overall and well-balanced. The flavor found more bread and dry caramel at the core.. tart and tangy barrel throughout (somewhat metallic).. tangy finish with a little more wine. Light-medium bodied, tart, and very dry on the palate.. just a decent feel and flow. This was aiight. Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Picked up a 22-oz bottle from Summit Liquors near White Bear Lake, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark reddish brown colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of caramel malt, hint of vanilla, roasted nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, red wine profile is more pronounced in flavor with some caramel malt and dry wood flavors. Finish has a nice balance of bitter and semi-sweet malt aftertaste that slowly disappears. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle share at stone sour ale fest. Brown pour. Grain bread, malt, sugar sweetness, lightly earthy. It’s alright, thanks for the taste. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
A pretty garnet hue shows through when held to light. Otherwise, this one is a slightly hazy deep brown with a thin light tan head. A sweet smelling brew with hints of the vinous character coming through. There is also caramel and raw grain. The taste is like cola mixed with a bit of wine. There is a metallic finish with green wood. There is a little bit of bread crust. Schmaltz’s Alt is a good brew, but the wine aging really did not do this one much of a favor. It is interesting anyway. badgerben (5180) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Dark brown color with a small head. Light oak and malty aroma. Bits of caramel. Very vinous flavor. Dry maltiness and some very light soy sauce notes. Not bad. The barrel adds some, but not quite a specific character. Kudos for the effort.