Stillwater Barrel Aged Series - Autumnal

RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Matured in oak barrels used to age Black Ankle Bordeaux-style red wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft at Khyber Pass Pub. Pours a very dark golden amber/copper color with dark golden orange edges and a frothy two finger off white head. Very good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring that leaves spotty lacing behind. Vinous aroma with a strong barrel presence and subtle fall spices. Lots of toasted oak with vanilla and dark fruit notes. Earthy with zesty spices notably cinnamon and brown sugar. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation up front countered by strong vinous barrel notes and autumnal spice. Lots of toasted oak but the prominent flavor is vinous dark fruit. Lots of red wine character with grape, currant and dark berries. This vinous presence kind of overpowers the faint spices and funky yeast. Boozy heat in the finish. Decent and although the wine flavor is good, this beer could use more balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23604) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Draft. Cloudy brown color, small tan head. Aroma of almonds, caramel candy. Barrel is subtle but present. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Tap at Maxs of Fells Point. The pour is muddy amber, clearish. Weak head formation. Nose is spicy bourbon, sugar, spice, salt. Some oddities. Taste is bitter, mildly chalky, powdery, dusty, very salty. Salty peanuts (??), salty caramel. Small lactic, red wine presence on the palate. Strange. Not the biggest Autumnal fan in general.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draft. Off-white head, muddy cola-brown body. Aroma is mediums weet, caramel, some honey, earthy, oak/Chardonnay, light lemon, vinous. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some bread, wood, light honey. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
murky tan/nut, thin white ring. Nose is a bit off, peanut butter, Chardonnay, plastic and overly sweet. Flavor is better, more grass and wine at the front, dust mid-on, dank building in very dry, sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12835) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Tap. Pours hazy dark brown with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, phenols, wine, oak, plum and caramel malt. Flavor is Belgian yeast, heavy phenols, wine and oak notes, plum, light malt and a very dry finish. Medium-full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Very nice red wine nose with lots of cherry and berry, light funk, a touch of toffee, a hint of cola. The taste is lightly sweet, just lightly tart, lots of tannic pinot noir, a hint of rose, light floral notes, plenty of sour pale cherry and just a touch of toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Mahogany pour with a vivacious white head. Lots of spicy dough notes with a backbone of cheesecloth and super attenuated bready vinous woody Belgian esters. Huge fluffy palate with ample acidity and a dry crisp finish. Great barreling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Mahogany colored pour with a beautiful rich and thick off-white head. Nose holds lush notes of rich spice including pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon, along with beautiful dryness from the barrel and a touch of vinous presence. The flavor is truly wonderful; a delightful combination of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast presence and dry, bready saison-like attenuation. The barrel notes come through as a beautiful melding of the two, combining the fruity depth of Bordeaux with brilliant woody dryness. It would be a reasonable mistake to think this was spontaneously fermented. Palate is crisp, dry finish. Awesome.

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