JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Growler from mspindler and DuffmanSW pours a golden reddish color with small diminishing head. Aroma is a little sweet with some caramel. Taste of vanilla, a bit of oak, nice aftertaste. The wine barrel really mellowed this beer out , but beware it sneaks up with you at almost 12%. Really good and smooth mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Growler shared with DuffmanSW and JoeTheYounger. Pours a dark amber color with a beige film. Aroma is caramel and vanilla first, then pine, oak and citrus, a hint of red wine, somewhat subdued actually. Flavor is caramel and good deal of oaky vanilla and red wine tannins. Hops are mellowed significantly compared to the original, but still provide a good deal of bitterness. Slight alcohol heat. Full bodied, sticky, low carbonation. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Growler Fill.. Pours orange amber with a off white head...Caramel, citrus, faint smell of grapes and alcohol..Lots of caramel, woody, it seems like the one really mellowed out from the aging.. Not sure what year went into the barrel but this one is not very harsh.. Good stuff 3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Draft, Brickskeller. Unfiltered brandy colored body, thin dark tan head. Nose is woody/nutty oak and a mix of caramel and red grapes. Body is oily and full, texture is somewhat harsh and abrasive, with a husky bite on the back of the tongue, combined with the high alcohol presence it’s a little bit annoying. Rich and sticky toffee, caramel, red grapes, plums and sweet tobacco round this one out. Nice. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
On tap at Hamilton’s 2nd Saturday. Pours a nice rich amber. Oak, vanilla, caramel. Nice sweetness. The red wine notes did not come out to me. I had this one after the French Oak Double Bastard and I think that was still heavy on my palate so i will have to re-rate this one someday.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Source:Guest tap at DLD.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:oak, vanilla, red wine, caramel malt and a hint of alcohol.
Flavor:Oak, fruity wine and caramel malt with a warming finish.
Palate:Medium/full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Didn’t care for this as much as the regular OG.
As I say when I rate all Stone brews, you should expect nothing less from this company. Flavor is strong yet palettes well. Nice semi sweet fruity aroma michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Draught at Max’s: Aroma of oak, hops, red wine, caramel, slight bleach, and light alcohol. Poured deep orange/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white/pinkish head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, oak, vanilla, slight red wine, hops, slight alcohol, and marzipan. Tastes like a certain holiday cookie I do not know the name of. Medium to full body. Smooth , slightly sticky texture. Averae carbonation. Oak, vanilla, slight caramel, and hop finish is a little dry. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(Stone tasting at Brickskeller) Lightly hazed amber body with soft beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, caramel, grapefruit, light vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit, buttery, alcohol, light vinous, molasses. Smooth medium-full body, some stickiness. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
This beer was terrible on tap at DLD. Incredibly harsh hops with no other redeeming quality. I simply can’t believe that this is rated so highly.