koleminer20 (4374) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at a tasting at Corbet’s house on November 06. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a darker purpley brown color with a thick darker pink/purple head that falls to a thin film with a couple spots of lace. The aroma is interesting. There is a lot happening, and a ton of vinegar. I like the grape skin and fruit balance behind this with a red wine sharpness and a strong oak on the back end. The balance of alcohols that this is ages in is really strange. The flavor is much of the same. The skins of the grapes offer a nice tartness, the currant adds an earthy depth, and the barrel combination gets deep and a little messy. The vinegar remains huge. The mouth feel is a little medium bodied with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly barrel and vinegar heavy finish. This one just isn’t for me. 6 4 6 4 14 thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2017
Bottle, split with friends back in June. I can't really think of many beers with a flavor profile like this. It's sour and fruity right away - with jammy fruits, some dry tannins, and a sharp sourness - but it falls away really quickly and ends balanced and surprisingly restrained. Wonderfully wacky, and I wish I had a lot more bottles of this. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2017
(750ml, bottled 10/28/15) Pours a dark purple (nearly black) with a small light violet head. Aroma of berries, oak, vanilla, and pepper. Flavor of black currants, oak, vinous, grapes, and vanilla with a dry finish. JulienHuxley (6029) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2017
Sample from a bottle, thanks guys! Cloudy purple brown pour with thin white head. Aroma is super interesting, tons of currant, very jammy, fruity, intense fruity red wine, light leather notes, light spice. Taste is tart, sour, fruity, not too acidic, definitely can’t tell it’s 11%. Palate is full bodied, long mouthfeel but not sweet. A bit of an oddity for sure, but a rather enjoyable one. blutt59 (6646) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Bottled purpley black color, tart sour fruit aroma , flavor is nice balance of sour tart berry and malty chocolate , tart finish
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
(750ml bottle) deep purple color, fine tan bubbles. Nose of umami currant, dark fruit, lactose, rich in fruit and lacto, smells incredible. Taste of rich blackberry, currant, cream, oak, incredibly fruit forward. Soft body and carbonation. mar (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Deep purple pour with a pink head. Mixed fruit, acidic, tart. Great palate, heavy fruit, light alcohol, tart berry. ClarkVV (7109) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Bottled 10/28/15, drunk 7/24/16.AirForceHops (8286) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Beautiful dark maroon-violet body shows great clarity and a big, chalky-purple head with moderate to moderately strong retention.
Smells highly aromatic from a mile away....ok this is going to be good I think. Closer up there’s plentiful grape and currant character with lots of wood, wine and black pepper. I do get some base malt underneath it, adding soft, creamy vanilla. Alcohol nicely concealed. Love the tannic character and seediness of the fruit. Very deep, complex nose that takes some work to unlock.
In the mouth it’s incredibly unique. Kind of melds aspects of porter, lambic, sour ales...Good maltiness, but dry. Soft texture and low but fairly tight carbonation. Not alcoholic. Very tannic and vinous. Difficult to get a handle on. Vanilla, black pepper, lots of grape, but not really grapey. Puckering, somewhat, on the finish. For all the barrels used, you can’t pinpoint one and it’s not over-barreled in the least, which is impressive given the amount of different barrels used.
Just a wacky, wacky beer, but quite nice. I could definitely see letting this sit for another year or two, though the dryness and relatively lighter, low-on-tannin body suggest it’s probably better to drink it sooner than later.
750 ml bottle shared by ClarkVV. Bottled on 10/28/2015. Thanks for the share. Color is a deep purple with pink bubbly head. Aroma is a metric ass load of red grapes, raspberry, currents, blueberries. Good amount of barrel is also noticed. Chalumeaux (1947) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
The flavor as a lot going on. The level of grapes and current runs deep. Bold grapes with a mild tannic oak with the alcohol completely hidden. The pucker hints the back of my tastes buds. Pretty massive pucker for me. Honestly, the barrel is not over the top considering the barrels the Brewer uses.
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV dated 10/28/15 deep purple ruby color with a nice tan head. Aromas of sour grapes dark red fruity jam mild funk and earth. Taste is tart jammy berry grape skin mild oak. Wow very complex flavors.