ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 5, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Draught @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Red barleywine, good aroma of malt, sweet toffee and caramel. Taste is pleasantly sweet, then a bit of bitterness, not pronounced, quite shy. Medium body, a bit vercarbonated. Good. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore. ’09 Vintage.
A-pours a deep dark amber color with a thin white head.
S-the nose has hints of oxidation already, cardboard up front, light notes of oak with hints of the juicy red wine but faint.
T-same as the nose with a little bit of envelope glue towards the back and some light bitterness in the finish.
M-syrupy feel to it with a decently carbonated finish, juicy on the palate with a chewy malt body.
D-oxidized, not horribly like some others at the event, barrel adds some nice flavors but they are light. i do enjoy their wine barrels I just wish they held up better. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Appearance: Served up a modestly-hazed orangey body with a wispy, near-white head.
Smell: An initial sniff yields a faintly sweetish scent of bready malts with toffee and encrusted sugars. Then, some citrus rinds, follow by a whisper of oak wood and even less when it comes to the wine.
Taste: Sweet uprush of toothsome, candyish caramel maltiness towing a subtle grainy breadiness behind it. Touch of citrus. Tart red wine character bringing in modest tastes of raspberry and rosehips. Slight flutter of tannins, follow by a pop of hop bitternes, which somewhat scuttles the wine character leaving only a dry, bitterish finish with plenty of alcoholic warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: The wine pulls you in one direction, the bitterness pulls you in another direction, the alcohol pulls you in a third. It’s interesting, though, perhaps, not the smoothest presentation. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: much better than the belgo. Sweet toffee and caramel, vineous, raisins, woody, earthy. Nice complexity, prunes and figs. Nice bitter hoppiness. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Reviewed from notes. On tap at Dark Lord Day 2009.
Poured a beautiful ruby red with a nice head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is dominated by malt sweetness, caramel/toffee, and a bunch of red wine notes; slightly vinous. The taste is quite similar, with a lot of complex malty sweetness as well as the red wine, which really complements the barleywine style--I’d love to see more brewers going in this direction with barrel-aged beers. Overall, a very solid offering. Big props to FFF for bringing this one in.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-17-2010
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Growler, thanks to askofficerfriendly for the share. Poured a murky copper color with a tall beige head. Nose is vinous with notes of caramel, wood, raisin, and a touch of vanilla. Full, chewy body with a smooth, slightly sticky mouth feel and ample carbonation. Flavor is vinous and malty with moderate sweetness, primary notes of caramel and dark fruit, secondary notes of wood, booze, and light grass. Finishes with a good amount of warming alcohol. Good. smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Growler at Maltzilla’s All American Weekend. 2008 vintage. Pours dark golden color with off white head. Aromas of caramel, oak and vanilla. Similar flavors. Not really getting and flavors from the wine. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 Baltimore event. light brown, moderate beige head. Light oxidation, caramel in the nose, flavor shows some richer malt through the finish, no wine, still heavy cardboard. Not unpleasant, but severely on the way down and hot when otherwise, light envelope on tongue sides through finish 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Another sick growler (08 vintage) shared by Diego. I never really picked up on the cabernet flavors, more vanilla, oak, and sweet caramel notes. Great beer....
Re-rate. just had this again and it was delicious. Actually changed my score from 4.2 to 4.4. Smooth caramel malts, dark fruits, cabernet grapes, and oak flavors. Outstanding..... jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Pours a hazy dark amber with a small white head leaving strong lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak, light pine hops, and a bit of caramel. Initial taste is sweet, transitioning into a bit of oak and red wine. The finish is pine hops, oak, and bitterness. Medium body. Light carbonation. Very tasty beer.