TimE (5789) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 21, 2015
Sharp sour nose with clear oak and red wine characteristics, with some roasted malt in the backbone. Low carbonation, more dark chcolate oak and red barrels in the mouth. Slightly acidic. Lingering red wine (zin?!?) in the finish. Very nice stuff, with red wine really Shining. egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Dark brown color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, red wine, leather, char, and light alcohol. Taste of red wine up front, vanilla, roasted malts, some cocoa, charred barrels, and a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Ratman197 (14674) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
750 ml bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness, red wine and bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, light red wine and light oak with a smooth lingering chocolate finish. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
750ml from The Perfect Pour, Elkridge, MD. Fairly pricey bottle but I’m glad I plumped for it, since the suggestively multiple character of the base beer was really enhanced and deepened by the red here. Vigorous pour, near-black with reddish tints. Wine, oak, fruit, and dark chocolate in the nose, with a richly earthy grain component in there that accentuates the rustic characteristics. Much of the stout personality is deeply sublimated here, and the beer is transformed (for the better) into a dark, vinous farmhouse improvisation on the base style. Very nice. Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2012
750 mL bottle shared by maniac at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and wine. The taste is chocolate, wine, herbal notes and a faint bit of heat. Medium bodied. Nice.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a deep, inky obsidian shade that is impenetrable by light. A short, taught head of light brown froth slowly fades to a wispy surface film, leaving patchy, tattered splotches of lacing on the glass. The nose shows copious amounts of dry, dark roast, suggesting of bitter cocoa, burnt barley, soft anise, and some black licorice. Yeast is fruity, estery, and distinctly Belgian. Oak imparts dry vanilla tones, peppery, tannic red wine, and earthy wood. Flavors follow suit - rich and full but sufficiently dry. Roast for days. Burnt malt and scorched sugars dominate the base. Yeast is prominent and spicy, showing subtle hints of banana and clove. Wine and oak enhance the dryness of this brew. The palate sports an ample body, but it stays dry and crisp throughout. Moderate carbonation cuts right through the sugars. It’s a slow sipper, for sure. Great with a steak. Damn fine beer. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2012
pour is jet black, fairly tight light brown head. the nose is different, rather peaty, light roast, black licorice is strong with a touch of grape. The taste is heavy peat, light dry bakers chocolate, sweetness in back, red grapes and light vinous. The body is creamy, gentle carbonation and very drinkable. jbeatty (1247) - New York, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle, 06/14/2012. Pours black with small tan head which quickly dissipates, leaving a ring of suds around the glass, actively fed from below. Aroma hits first with red wine and oak from the barrel, opens out into chocolate and roasted malts, sweeter fruit jam notes. Taste has lovely raspberry notes with chocolate, light cocoa roast bitterness, subtle tartness and wine in the finish. Medium palate, smooth with a bit of bite from the tartness. Nice, glad I could try this one. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, with some lighter red wine. Tastes of chocolate, wood, vanilla, roast, and vinous. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
750 @dmac’s willblake is back in NJ tasting-thanks willblake–pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is anise/licorice-dark malt, some vinuous. Taste is vinuous, peat/roasty-dark malt, earthy hops.