fiveacestx (974) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017 Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into my Golden Monkey tulip glass. Reddish dark brown pour with a nice one inch light tan head. Immediately I am greeted by the presence of oaky red wine, which combined with this robust baltic porter, creates an essence of dark chocolate covered cherries. It is quite an odd aroma for a beer, and one I have never quite experienced. Very earthy, with leather and tobacco aromas, complemented by a subtle note of toasted oak. Flavor is bitter at first like the skin of a grape, but it instantly fades in to a roasty, almost charcoal-like flavor, with a lot of notes of coffee and cacao nibs. A small stream of dried berries is the undercurrent for what is otherwise a sturdy porter. It doesn’t add a lot of fruit flavor, but it does become very dry and tannic, with the oak flavor most present as the last drop slides down your tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, though carbonation was on point. I feel like I almost wanted to hate this beer, but I found myself constantly going back for another sip to see what else it had to offer. It is certainly unique. It is roasty and dry like Founders Porter, but with a sharp, oaky tannic bite that takes it to a whole other level. Well made.
Bomber - Pours black with a generous head. Has a sweet aroma and taste of wine along with light chocolate and caramel. Medium body and a silky smooth finish.
climberbob (497) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Big bottle aged around 1 year consumed by a campfire w a cigar. Muddy looking in the dark. Noticeable wine aroma. Red wine notes dominate. Tastes like a cross between a gueze and red wine and a porter. Decent.
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750ml bottle. No apparent bottle date. Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with a light khaki head that dissipates.
Aroma: Complex blend that starts with strong red wine and charred oak, with an underlying chocolate, roast, and vanilla. Wonderful aroma.
Taste: Rich malt sweetness upfront that quickly hits a tannic red wine and light oak flavor that dominates the taste profile. Roast and chocolate show up on the back end at the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with some viscosity and low carbonation.
Finish: Roast and chocolate malt character linger from the swallow thru the finish. A touch of oak and toffee as well.
Overall: An interesting beer here. Starts with an amazing complex aroma that blends the characters of the red wine barrel, chocolate, and roasted malt beautifully. The taste doesn’t quite back it up though. The wine barrel charter really dominates, and it’s not until the swallow and finish that the true Porter malt characteristics come thru. Perhaps a little less barrel exposure would provide better balance. UXO (1922) - CANADA - AUG 3, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with one fat finger of rocky beige head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: vinous grape, coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark fruit, woody. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (7/10) Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, mildly warming and lightly tart, tannic and drying vinous finish. (4/5)
I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this before. It’s sweetish, like one would expect for a Baltic Porter, but the wine barrel ageing gives it a vinous tart character that cuts the sweetness and even makes the body seem a bit on the light side. I’d like to try the base (Baltic Thunder) for comparison, but there’s still a fairly strong coffee presence, particularly in the finish, that I think gives me a pretty good idea of where it started before the big barrel presence came to play. It’s not subtle, but it’s interesting, and that counts for a lot in my book. (15/20) Enwiebe (318) - - MAY 29, 2016
5/29/16. Bomber. Pours a deep red mahogany. Mild nose w a mix of wine and roasty malt. As billed an interesting mix of Baltic porter overlaid with wine. It gives it a tart tannic edge.
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oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a nice dark, almost black, brown. Aromas of chocolate, espresso and a little licorice. Big flavor, chocolate, burnt coffee, with a nice wine barrel finish to it. zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a dissipating tan head and aroma of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits along with nice vanilla and wood notes into the finish. Delicious and flavorful brew jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
With Z, pours a thick deep dark red mahogany brown pour with no head. Nose is a nice wooded oak and tannic ! Taste is fruity and oaky with a dry ness that captures the barrel aging . Finish is dry fruit, short and ends on the tannic oaky notes . Nice ! Quaff Score 8 / 10
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter.
3.25 A: Pours a deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is below average and a few wisps of lacing are left.
3.75 S: Wow does the wine barrel come through. The nose is surely centered around it. Vinous grape, big vanilla and oak, and moderate supple tannins. The base beer almost gets lost in there, but it does bring forth the barrel elements. Roasty malts, cocoa, tangy caramel, molasses. Again I’ll emphasize that this is heavy on the barrel, which isn’t such a bad thing.
3.75 T: Like the nose, the barrel stands strong, but the base beer does come through better. The same barrel elements and grape as in the nose. Roasty malts, big caramel, molasses, dark fruitiness underneath. Quite tasty.
4.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth. Good here.
3.75 D: Seems like everything gets better when Victory puts their beers into barrels. Pick this one up, it’s good.
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DavoleBomb, Oct 28, 2014 Fritz123 (1597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured a deep reddish brown with ample tan/reddish head. The aroma is red wine barrels, mild chocolate and cocoa nibs. some mild roasted malts, graham cracker, and dark fruits. The taste is pretty similar with dark chocolate, red wine, dark fruits, and some tart cherries. Dry finish. More tart than I thought it would be. Maybe some infection? Medium mouth, cotton. Pretty good overall.