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Review by seaoflament on 07/20/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2006
Big thanks to hoppymeal for trading me this beer. Split this bottle last night with a few good friends (Joey, Ryan, Tony +1).

The beer pours a brown shade with reddish sides when held to the light. Good retention and some lacing, nice head.

First I get a huge wine aroma, vinous and a bit acidic. Then I pick up some vanilla, cream, chocolate, musty wood, grapes, fruits, wild flowers, and a bit of a chalky aroma. There’s also an aroma I can’t quite pin point…something very floral like sage or jasmine. A bit of raisins near the finish and a little alcohol too.

The taste was a wild mixture of: chocolate, caramel, flowers, grapes, wood, and a bit of Belgian candy. Woodsy notes linger in the aftertaste.

Great mouthfeel for this type of beer, effervescent and creamy. Personally, I feel that the barrel aging took too much away from the original beer and the acidic/wine characteristics I tasted really drove down the drinkability for me. 10% alc.

Served In: Pint Glass