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Review by seaoflament on 07/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
A little info about the beer:
*This is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout that was aged for over 6 months in a Norton red wine barrel from Tiger Mountain Vineyards.*

Thanks to GAManiac for trading me this hard to get beer. I shared this bottle at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25-26th 2009. This beer is an imperial oatmeal stout that was aged for over 6 months in red wine barrels from a local vineyard, Tiger Mountain Vineyards. From an unlabeled, corked and caged, 750ml bottle.

The beer pours like any other solid stout, dark and with about a quarter inch of foam.

Starts with some earthy aromas followed by raisins, fruitiness, chocolate, a bit of bark, black cherries, berries, brown sugar, roasted barley, a bit of burnt toast, cocoa in the end, and a very interesting neapolitan ice cream aroma that was pointed out by Chris. Once it warmed up, and close to finishing my sample, I could pick up tannic and fruity red wine notes in the background.

The Grape Ape tasted of roasted barley, oatmeal, chocolate, lots of raisins, hints of tart black cherries, dates, and raisins. Roasted barley and burnt toast in the finish. A little fudgy mid-way with some tart berry flavored brownie flavor. Wine barrel flavors and tannic in the last few sips. Low carbonation and a bit thin on the finish, especially for an oatmeal stout, but that is understandable for a barrel aged beer. A very interesting beer actually and would love to have it again with a fresher palate.

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