Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Celebrating the Vertical Epic series
P: Dark orange slight haze and tan head. Slight lacing.
S: Sweet fruit cake, bourbon, vanilla bean, dank booze that burns my eyes when smelling the glass. Chocolate and cocoa powder.
T/M: Not a huge difference with the wine barrels but does develop the flavors nicely. The taste follows the nose with added smoke and dark chocolate. Full bodies creamy and nice carbonation. Fun fishes smooth and prrogressive drying.
O: Event though the change was not dramatic I prefer the barrel aged version. It’s not overpowering and doesn’t distract from the great base flavor. The cocoa still shines through nicely.
Serving type: on-tap egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Opaque black color with a small tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted notes, cocoa, citrus, vanilla, and wood. Taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, red wine, vanilla, and a semi sweet finish. Really nice, probably my favorite vertical epic, and I hadn’t expected to be drinking any more these days. mcberko (17809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours jet black with a creamy brown head. Nose brings out wood, bourbon, a little red wine and some roast. Flavour brings out red wine notes atop roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and a little oxidation notes. Very well-balanced, with a thick, creamy palate. The barrel aging makes it seem like this had oxidized a bit, though I don’t think it has. Moderately enjoyable stuff. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone".
Only found back scores, not ratings. dnstone (3404) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Moderately roasty-woody, barley-wine-esque with a boozy edge. Boozy aroma. Deep brown in color.
Notes: Aces and Ales Winter Beer Fest ’13
PotjeBier (3335) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
On tap @ 38 Degrees Alehouse. Black color. Beige head, long lasting. Good lace. Aroma’s: red wine, bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted. Flavor: medium sweet, roasted, bitter chocolate, red wine. Medium bodied. Finishes bitter. notalush (5874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Tap at Freshcraft - this is an example of red wine barrel aging done right - nose has a lot of dark fruit, light vanillins, moderate spicy oak, mild tannins - creamy texture - light body for the strength - warming flavor - just the right amount of oak and wine to balance the sweet dark.fruit, and the wood adds anice earthiness - very tasty. arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark blackish red pour with tan head, aroma has notes of wine, dark chocolate, toffee, bready, biscuit malts as well with a touch of red grape, hints of tannic oak as well, really nice. Taste is the best of the event, nice dark chocolate, coffee, red grape, hints of red fruit, touch of wine and oak, finishing fairly tart, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Tasty. wchesser (2073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Very dark brown...if I didn’t know any better I would have thought this was a belgian style stout from the nose. Interesting red wine and barrel elements on this nose, along with some dark roast malt and some baking spices. Hint of wine tannins up front but this is mostly just a big dark roast malty stoutish beer with bitter coffee like finish. Interesting. Red wine was very subtle and probably wouldn’t have put my finger on it without knowing. Would have been fun and more informative to try side by side with original. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s Stone Event . Black with scant brown head / Dense, inky nose of dark fruit, molasses, fruit bread, and touch of whiskey / Medium to full body, a touch watery, inky and chewy, minimal carbonation, with good balance and some bitterness on the finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and oak / Not as complex as expected. My speculation is that it will not be improving past this point.