kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2016 dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man is this a big improvement over the original. The use of red wine barrels lends a tartness that overcomes the originals cloying sweetness. Aroma is currants raspberries and a hint of blackberry with belgian esters, clove. taste is tart and sip-able. palate is tart and drying. By the time I was about to order my second the keg was tapped. REALLY good.
Pretty delicious. Good IPA flavor married well with the fresh oakiness of red wine barrels. Shippy (43) - - OCT 8, 2015
On draught at the West End Tavern. Golden orange color with a decent sized white head. Great aromas on this beer with floral scents, peach, dark fruits, maybe some raspberry. Flavors of the red wine barrel come through more in the taste with earthy notes, more dark fruit flavors, and some sourness. Smooth, mouth feel on the lighter side. Overall a very good and intriguing beer, a conversation starter. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Draught at Lord Hobo, 9/27/15.BuckeyeBoy (8494) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Paul (scopey) shared this one with me and after having a sip, I handed it back to him and said "Wow, that’s not bad!" to which he quickly replied, "Well, not really."
I didnt actually mean the beer wasn’t bad (obviously, being a Stone beer, it’s pretty bad) but was just surprised that it was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting, so I just blurted out "wow thats not bad" in my extreme shock. Yes, it’s heavily over-barreled with a huge dominance of both grape and wood to the point where you aren’t even sure what the base beer that you’re drinking is. BUT, the flavors, had they just been toned down, were actually enjoyable, with no grainy/harsh tannin, no harsh alcohol or overly phenolic wine character. Carbonation was ample and yet not too high, with an actual body to it and some chewy texture (obviously the woodiness helping there). So yeah, it’s "Not that bad"....for Stone, who should fire all of their management and executives and start over again from scratch.
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a burnt orange color topped with a small head. Nose is heavy oak wine grapes citrus tons of different fruit going on here some sweetness and hops. Taste is more of the wine barrel forward to be along with a little bitterness plenty of fun tropical fruit to make this a very interesting beer. BeerFunGuy (874) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Cloudy orange golden color. Spicy aroma and slight sour flavor with a saison like spice. Oaky on the finish. Very well done once again stone. https://nurdspace.nl/ESP8266 https://nurdspace.nl/ESP8266
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Stone Oceanside ][ $2 ][ Angled Snifter ][ 4.9.15 ]Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
>> Hazy red orange with weak foam. Funky nose with bourbon, poundcake, grape juice, bourbon sour mixed drink. Taste is sweet, syrupy up front, juice box, black pepper... probably from red wine barrel A bit dusty, astringent. Front palate is too syrupy initially and the finish too dry/peppery. It’s drinkable, but more than a sample would be too much.
Draft at big bold beer fest. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an off white head. Aroma is very mildly sour, sour grapes, touch of bitterness. Same in flavor. More tart, but not a true sour. Ok, nothing special. Aurelius (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Complex, socky, caramel and fruity aroma. Nicely hopped, some mineral notes, alcohol bitterness, yeasty, peppery, woody. Woody finish tangy aftertaste. Clearish honey color. Interesting, not hugely drinkable for me. On tap, Baby Proof. Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Keg at the Stone Company Store on Kettner SD, 14/11/14.
Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is bitter grapes, woody notes, pissy, red wine BA effect, spice, lihgt herbals and minit leaf.
Taste comprises tangy red grape, trace of booze, lemon just, light tropical fruits, straw, bitter citrics.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, smei drying close.
Solid BA IPA. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Had on draft, but this is one of the new 500 ml releases from Stone as well. One of the rare instances where I like the barreled beer less than the original. The reason being most all of the dry blegian yeast/hoppy interplay is completely covered by the vinous, sour, fruity and acidicness of the barrels. Not a bad beer, just a completely different beer that is not as great as the original."