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Vinaceous | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Murrhey on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 101
Reviews by notchucknorris:
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3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with ruby highlights. A one finger creamy light brown head forms immediately.

S: Lots of concord grape juice and skin. A pretty decent amount of booze, leather and brown sugar.

T: starts with some ripe grape sweetness, but quickly tails into a dry, boozy mess. Burnt raisin skins, burnt brown sugar and straight boozy heat. Way hot for not being that high in ABV. May need a little time.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MenagerieBrewer
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of ehammond1
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Adeezy4495
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thrashsquatch
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of g_jenkins
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of AleHunter805
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The bruery provisions

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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Photo of RyanCarls
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of chefbigjon
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just doesn't deliver at all. Just tastes like an old ale. I aged one for two years, wasn't hot like i've heard but had no flavor.

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Photo of RobertConway
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Buzz3d
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Vinaceous from Hangar 24 Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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