beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark brown with tan head. Hop, dark fruit, malt, oak and nutty aromas. Hop, raisin, fig, malt, alcohol and nutty flavors.Very complex with a medium body. Malt and fruit finish. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Cloudy orange amber pour with a wispy sandy tan head. Oxidized malt in the nose, lots of rich and dark dried fruits. Prune and raisin upfront. Some burnt sugar and caramel as well. Malty flavor with lots of dried fruits. Dry fruit and burnt sugar. Full/rich body with a tannic feel and some heat on the finish. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Sample from a 500ml bottle, thanks to brew3crew for sharing. Clear golden orange color. Thin slightly off-whtie head. Decent lace. Nice orange - citrusy nose. Some wood. Light tannins. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Moderate sweet taste. Light bitter. Solid, interesting stuff. I liked the bourbon version better, though crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
This one is a pretty solid one. Blend of red wines but it doesn’t take away form the classic base beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
500 ml bottle. Clear deep amber red to brown with a large fluffy off white head. Strong fruity aroma with a big malty caramel and molasses back bone. Hints of grape, pear, and cherry come through on the nose with oaky vanilla notes. Thick, creamy, slightly sticky full bodied palate. Great complexity to the taste. Flavors of caramel, molasses, toffee, and cereal grain up front, transitioning into berry, pear, and apple flavors, and finishing smoothly with hints of dark fruit, cherry, vanilla, and oak. Outstanding.
TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2012
Earlier Rating: 3/20/2009 Total Score: 4.5
Growler fill from stone. A lot like the regular O.G. But with some pleasant red wine and mild oak notes to the aroma and taste primarly on the back end of tasting with a slight roasted coconut flavor in the back of the throat. Palate is a little more rounded and smooth.
500ml bottle, 2010 vintage.
Pours a deep, hazy reddish amber, with a white head.
Malty, spicy aroma, wood, marzipan, apricot, vanilla, almonds.
Off-dry, full bodied, medium to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Spicy, woody taste, malt, caramel, vanilla, a vinous touch, citrus, apricot, tannins, orange peel, marzipan, licorice.
Dry finish, quite astringent, very complex. (2012-11-17) drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Old Review from 2009 - This beer was a little bit of a disappointment. But it was still really nice to try. The Red Wine gave the beer kind of an off taste. I enjoyed the Vertical Epic just a tad bit more. Old Guardian is one of my favorite Barleywines ever. I don’t think the Red Wine made it any better. hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Growler… Cloudy dark caramel ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose furnishes caramel and toasted oak with a splash of red wine. It’s just a hint medicinal, but fortunately no more than that... very slight. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Bittersweet, caramely flavor with additional notations of toffee, brown sugar, oak and a faint medicinal component. Lengthy, lingering, bittersweet finish. Growler courtesy of Dstructo! Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours a golden orange colour with no head. Aroma of malt, caramel or toffee, and red wine. Flavour is slightly vinous combined with the additional flavour of sweet malts, toffee/caramel. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap at Small bar as part of the Stone event. Drank side by side with the bourbon version. 2008 batch...Pours a medium mostly transparent copper, looks watery with a light tan head. Looks exactly like the bourbon...The aroma is rather dead, at first I thought I was getting aroma fatigue because the bourbon is very strong but finally I comes to the conclusion its just a very dead nose. A light hint of red wine and oak on the tail end of the finish...The taste brings a lot of flavor, more than enough to make up for the aroma. The taste is a typical barleywine, caramel, light hops but this is very smooth due the barrel aging. The wine barrels don’t bring out a much of a vinous character I think it more contributes to killing the alcohol of the barleywine.
I prefer this version over the bourbon, but both are worth trying.