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Vinaceous - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Murrhey on 02-14-2012

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $7.49. "Old Ale brewed with Red Wine Grapes Aged on French Oak." 8.70% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate; I love a good Old Ale but I'm not convinced Hangar 24 is the right brewery to pull it off. Looking forward to finding out.

Served chilled; I don't like my old ales too cold - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head - thin and fizzy - with little to no cream. Retention is average (~2 minutes). Body colour is a rich transparent amber. Translucent as well. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks right for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Lovely red grape notes, with bright luscious berries and buried toasty malts. Brown sugar (most prominent on the finish). Maybe a hint of raisin. A bit vinous, but nowhere near as much as I anticipated. I love the wine-redolent hints of grape and grapeskin; they're a highlight here. Malty and appealing. Surprisingly well executed, actually. A moderate strength aroma. Spot on for an Old Ale. Maybe Hangar 24 is a better brewery than I thought.

T: Pleasant berries, refined red grape notes (including supple grape skin), and pleasant toasted malt notes - which are nicely accentuated by the addition of well-executed brown sugar. The oak is here, bringing out just a hint of vanilla - but mostly serving to guide and bookend the flavour. I do want more oak; it's far too buried here. Malty build without too much sweetness. The bright berries are dominant, lending it a fruity somewhat refreshing character. It's well balanced across the board, but ultimately it just doesn't have the complexity or level of subtlety needed to truly excel. Still, the flavour profile is good for an Old Ale and I rather like it. Good depth of flavour. Any hop character is minimal and floral. Caramel is limited. No yeast character comes through, nor does any real alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight coarseness to coax out the flavour a bit more. There was thought put into this, and it shows. Carbonation is a touch too high, but it's very forgivable. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well. Not as hard as you'd expect (in terms of water hardness).

Dr: A very drinkable little Old Ale. I wish I had a proper snifter or tulip for this. It'll be a little tough to kill this bottle alone; I wish I had a friend or two to help - but it's a solid Old Ale. The flavours make it something of a sipper. A surprisingly good Old Ale from Hangar 24, but there are far better Old Ales out there at a better price point. North Coast's Old Stock Ale comes to mind. This would be a good beer to try if you've never had an Old Ale but you like barleywines. It's not as harsh as many Old Ales, but as a result it's less memorable. I won't be getting it again, and I don't think it's worth cellaring, but it is a nice attempt at the style. Hides its ABV pretty well, to boot. Give her a spin if you're in an Old Ale mood; you won't be disappointed. You also won't be impressed.

High C+

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On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark ruby with a thin light brown head that doesn't leave much behind.

Sweet aroma full of grape syrup, earth, wood, and alcohol. This smells incredibly sweet.

The flavor is cloyingly sweet and syrupy with sticky flavors of caramelized grapes. It's like a overly-sweet, incredibly boozy version of grape Kool-Aid. Strange, and not very good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A very strange beer, and probably not one I'd want to try again.

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Appearance - Pours a hazy rust red with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, results in a thin layer of microbubbles coating the surface.

Smell - Predominant grape aroma. Sweet. Touches of heat. Faint honey notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong grape flavor with moderate honey notes and touches of heat from the alcohol. Faint undertones of bread, caramel and chocolate, most noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with lively carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - Awfully similar to Dogfish Head's Midas Touch in terms of flavor, though I prefer this one a bit more, mostly due to the more approachable body. If I never had this again I wouldn't miss it, but it's certainly something I'd consider buying again, price dependent.

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650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish body. Big khaki head. Nice retention. Thick collar.

Smell - Fruity. Grapes. Musty. Sweet and caramelly.

Taste - Sweet with some grapey fruitiness. Caramel. Not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Sweet. Medium body.

Overall - Just not an impressive beer. Too sweet and uncomplex.

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Hangar 24's Vinaceous. An old ale brewed with Mourvedre wine grapes, on French oak. 8.7% ABV

A: Deep reddish-brown, sort of like a Flemish red ale. About a half a finger of head. Light lacing. Yellow gradients towards orange in the dimple.

S: Ooh! There is a moderate amount of sourness to it. Pleasant surprise there. Dry, yet fruity grape smell. Molasses-y, malty. Some raisin. Not bad.

T/MF: Quite different on the palate! Plenty of bitter malt notes going on here. Burnt caramel, ash, tobacco. Darker fruit notes hidden in the back (prune, maybe). Grape skin. Not a trace of acidity on this end, taste-wise, though I am salivating, slightly. Slightly more carbonated on the tongue.

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.

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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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Look: Dark brown with orange highlights and a 1/4 inch off white head and just ok retention

Smell: Rich and malty with some brown sugar

Taste: Pretty simple and was expecting more from what I had read about the beer. Upfront is the same maltiness that nose carries with some brown sugar and oak on the finish. I have just one question Where the hell are the grape notes??

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Good beer maybe one of my two favorites from Hangar but I feel like the flavor is just missing something

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on March 23rd, 2014 from an undated bottle, but probably from the February 2014 release. Poured at 42 degrees F into a Klokke Roeland glass which is sort of a goblet and sort of a squat, fat tulip, for those playing along at home.

Beer is a deep brown with brownish-purple highlights when held to light. A nice two finger pale tan head springs to life then settles into a thin crown after a few minutes.

Aroma is earthy and sweet with red grape aroma playing a role as well.

Flavor is sweet up front with baked molasses bread notes. Some deep, subtle melanoidins. A touch of grapes next, just before well-modulated and long-lasting wood bitterness on the finish. Some peppery notes in the finish as well. Not as complex as hoped, but interesting. Oh, and alcohol is definitely a flavor component.

Mouthfeel is full of alcohol heat. Thick and slick.

This is a beer that will probably improve with age; it is young and hot to the point of almost not being able to enjoy it fresh.

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