cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Can @ home, picked up at 287 Liquor in Fort Collins. Pours a black appearance with a big dark brown head. Roasty burnt chocolate malty, mild coffee, light vanilla, light fruity aroma. Creamy, dark chocolate, somewhat woody, vanilla, mild dark fruity, roasty flavor. There’s a fruity character to the beer but it’s hard to detect grape per se. Ernest (7913) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate/cocoa, roasted grain), with a note of vanilla, light note of plum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, I can’t say that I can really detect much or any of either the oak or grape juice, but it’s not offensive...just the usual basics for a stout; chocolate, vanilla, and light roast. Not much else, vague fruitiness perhaps, but that could be the power of suggestion. Overly sweet and somewhat syrupy, but there’s enough finishing bitterness to keep it from being completely cloying. I dunno...overall it’s just kind of ordinary, but it’s certainly better than most products from this brewery. Slightly above average or thereabouts. wchesser (2178) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Dark almost opaque with fading head. Standard stout nose with oak. Mostly standard stout flavors as well with fruit tartness and oak. No real noticeable tannins (wonder how much skin contact this had?) or much wine quality. Good stout. As someone that drinks a lot of stout and makes wine I was excited to try this. Wine influence much less than I thought but very even handed and subtle. Interesting beer and props to Ska for trying this out. jaross (30) - - DEC 31, 2012
Sweet roast smell with a hint of oak. The malbec comes through right away in the taste along with malt and then the oak comes through. Nothing fantastic but for beer that comes in a regular 6 pack for regular price, its pretty damn good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ratman197 (15746) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Can poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering roasty finish. Did’nt really notice any grape character.
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 On tap at Hops and Pie. Pour is deep brown with a medium khaki head and great lacing. Somewhat tart, juicy, roasty aroma, white grapes, dark fruits, and red licorice. Taste is tangy, tart, dark chocolate, berries, grapes, and wood with a roasty finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Really weird and different, but nothing off-putting at all. Not bad. notalush (5983) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Can - not sure why I bought this, as I was ambivalent about their last stout experiment - looks nice, at least - nearly black, with a thick, lasting lace - sadly, the nose comes in at the low end of my expectations - it pretty much smells like a stout mixed with Welch’s grape juice - fairly strong roast and char clash with thre sweetness of the grapes - the flavor is a little better, but only slightly so - the malbec grapes come through first - they are medium sweet, semi-tart, and fairly rich in flavor, adding some depth to the approach - deep bitterness and roast arrive after that, washing out all the grape character - some oak and vanilla arrive late, as does some alcohol heat - as an oak-aged stout, it probably would have been just fine - the addition of the grape juice just adds a character that, while momentarily pleasant, pretty much just clashes with everything else - some redeeming qualities, but ultimately a failed experiment as far as I am concerned.