Stillwater / Mikkeller / Fanø Gypsy Tears - Red Wine Barrel

RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Stout fermented 100% with brett and aged 6 months in Brunello Barrels.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8171) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
50 cl bottle @ PBF VIII, BBE 2016
Aroma has sour berry notes, some oak and bilberries. Flavour has cherries, some bilberries and woodyu notes. Also some ashy notes at the end of the glass. A battle of stout and oud bruin. And unfortunately the last one is winning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (6708) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
500ml bottle @ PBF 2013

Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of vinous notes, wood, roasty malts, hints of tart berries and sourness. Taste is sweet, vinous, tartish and roasty with hints of wood, sour berries and red wine. Finish is vinous and tartish with hints of berries and wood. Okay, but a bit onedimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9648) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
50 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours deep dark ruby red color with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour fruits, dark berries, some wood and hops. Flavor of sour dark berries, faint malts, and some bilberries. Sour and somewhat one-dimensional but excels at that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24077) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
Bottled at PBF. Near black, small beige head. Tart vinous nose qwith some slight licorice shining through. Medium-full bodied with rounded spritzy mouthfeel. Intense vinous woosy flavours. Lightly acetic with notwe of coffee. Dominated by the barrel flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Vocal brettanomyces is met by black grapes and green wood leading to a tart and vinous finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the pure darkness.
-Some earthiness appears in the aftertaste alongside the prevalent wood and wild yeast.
-The flavor profile, although satisfying for wild ale lovers, gets linear quickly.
-This is intense yet the dryness and prickly carbonation make everything almost easygoing.
-In the same ’powerful, dark and wild’ category, I have to say I prefer Jester King’s Funk Metal so far... This Gypsy Tears lacks refinement compared to the JK brew.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4562) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2013
Brown colour, firm beige head. Aroma of brett, caramel, berries, roasted malts and a hint of liquorice. Light sweet, light sour flavour, red berries and cocoa. Light sour finish, malts, cacao, bret and red wine.
(From 50cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, bb 2016
Black color with small beige creamy head. Nice aroma, roasted malt, vinous; but also some chemicals, glue, cardboard; very light vanilla. Good body structure; the mouthfeel is lean and quite dry; roasted malt flavor, with a bit too much acidity, wine character, some astringency, tannins, and correct bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1165) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large beige head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Slightly sweet, oaky red wine dominates the aroma, with some faint roasty malt playing a minor supporting role. Mild spicy hops up front lead into fruity and slightly tannic red wine. This blends with mild cocoa and coffee in the mid-palate, with an oaky red wine finish. This is far too dominated by the red wine, which is the main feature of both the aroma and the flavour, leaving very little space for the beer itself. Tone down the wine a little and it would probably be quite enjoyable, but as it is it doesn’t grab me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5691) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle at bateau de nuit. Opaque black pour with thin whitish head. Aroma os really winey, intense vanilla notes, french oak, very nice. Taste is winey, some chocolate notes, roasted malt, toasty. Palate is dry, of anything slightly tannic. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8308) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
pours unclear very dark brown with a beige cap, some retention and lacing. red wine acidity, wood and roasted malts, dry bretts, dark and acidic red fruits, leather, tobacco, pepper, spices, spicy mexican chocolate. moderate carbonation, light body, tannic and very dry bretty slightly rough finish. much enjoyed it!

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