GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
12oz bottle -
Quite the stunner in the 12oz bottle. I’m usually on the side of "the bigger the bottle, the better the beer" when compared to the 12oz and the 22oz/750ml bottle, especially when bottle fermented. This had a high wow factor for me. A deep, vinous nose with leather and tobacco with just the lurking of tartness there. The flavors of toasted sugar, minerally yet layers of leather and dark fruits are easily found. Very complex with a depth of flavor that I really enjoyed. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
(375ml bottle) Pours a hazy brown body with a small cream head. Aroma of brown sugar, oak, vanilla, caramel, nuts, leather, and toffee. Flavor of brown sugar, caramel, nuts, vinous, oak, and yeast with a dry finish. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"The barrels used, though still making this a totally different beer than the dubbel base, complemented (or supplemented the base) very very well. The brandy was subtle but prevents the sour tannic aspects of the red wine barrels to completely overtake things. What you are left with is a very highly drinkable moderately tart and funky beer with a firm malty base and hints of belgian yeast and sweet brandy. No hint of booziness. Quite good. (For approval purposed and to verify barrel percentages, check the photos for 9/28 from Sierra Tap House facebook page as there is a picture of the keg collar)." mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
2014.08.24 - Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel Barrel Aged - 375ml bottle in tulip glass.
Aroma: Hard to describe. I don’t really get any malt or typical aromas, I get a bit of a vinegar smell. Not like a spoiled vinegar, just a very tart sort of aroma presumably from barrels. 6/10
Appearance: dark brown, mostly opaque, small frothy off white head, about 1/3 finger. 4/5
Taste: light to medium sour 6/10
Palate: medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, sour finish. 3/5
Overall: meh. I love a lot of the Ovila beers, this is kind of a miss for me. I’m drinking it and it isn’t horrible but I likely wouldn’t buy it if it was (still) on the market. The regular dubbel was OK but just a bit off, not nearly as good as Quad. Making that taste more like wine is not a great combo for me. If this had been bourbon or brandy aged I’d probably be singing a different tune. Points for experimentation and variety, but as I’m not much of a wine fan this does little for me. 14/20 hockey9930 (293) - - JUN 6, 2014
Golden with a slight auburn tinge. Aroma is yeasty with dried fruit and a little metallic. It has flavors of caramel, dough, raisins, and wood. Very spicy for a dubbel and it has lively palate which makes a bit more exciting.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Sampled in a bottle that was aged for two years. A crisp malty brew. Pours dark with a white head on it. The barrel taste is subtle at the starts and lingers Ferris (15345) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft - Vintage 2011 - Cherry with plums and some light sourness. Cloudy orange red with a thin white head. Cherry and lots of white wine notes. Effervescent and a slight acidity. Very different but good. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2014
bottle, rated Aug 2013 - Amber colored, this beer has an aroma led by dark fruit, especially red wine. The flavor is very sweet with dark fruit, oak, and vanilla. Really tasty. It’s smooth and medium to full bodied. It has a gentle, sweet, oak finish. Some may find this beer too sweet, but it’s very well done. Excellent. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Rating backlog, from Oct 2012. Amber type color with not much head. Aroma of wine barrel, fruit, alcohol, yeast and dark fruit. Flavor was similar with a subtle touch of tartness. Liked this one. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Draft. From notes. Loads of dark fermented fruits. Somewhat funky, decent bit of the wine barrel comes out. Would love a bottle of this to Tay down for a bit.