For beer number 3 I went back to the Local Fields Series.
VINACEOUS is an Old Ale with 41 IBUs and an 8.7% ABV.
The first beer in our Local Fields Series, Vinaceous was created to combine the best characteristics of wine and beer. Brewed in the style of an English Old Ale, this beer deviates from tradition with an ample addition of freshly crushed Mourvedre grapes from Temecula. Vinaceous pours a deep burgundy color and boasts flavors of rich malt, brown sugar, dark berries and a touch of oak in the finish.
I was really gobsmacked by the color of this beer. It pours a delectable date color (brown with auburn/burgundy highlights). Touches of purple pop up when held to the light. Head is a 1/2 inch of long-standing cream.
Here’s where things really started to get good. The nose is chocolate, dates, figs and raisins. Hot caramel is very present and reminds of freshly made caramel-coated apples. Hints of blueberry were also noticeable.
Booze was the first thing I picked up in the taste. After that it went like this: chocolate covered raisins, then figs, before finishing with caramel apple. A touch of blueberry once again pops up at the end. Very sweet and very delicious. It would pair well with bread pudding or flan.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat syrupy. Slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol.
Vinaceous was one of the highlights of the day. The dark fruits go splendidly with the caramel characteristics, adding a sweetness that cuts into the booze. A definite winner.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As an OLD ALE: 8.5 out of 10