VastActiv (3331) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Cascade Brewing, Portland. Colour is brown with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, berries, some sweetness, wood, blackcurrants and sourness.
JDBaker11058 (1415) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep reddish brown, short dark tan head of thin bubbles that quickly fades, although apparent carbonation is present. Aroma: fruity, with prominent raspberry and general stone fruit; there is some element of prunes, leather, wood, pipe smoke, and a huge swell of tartness. Taste: smooth balsamic vinegar over leather, raspberry, sour cherry, sweet-tart candies, wet granite, fresh oak, and an undertone of chocolate, specifically tootsie roll. Finish: sharp tartness fades slightly into a pleasant, acidic tang and leathery, woody funk, leaving a refreshed palate. Notes: Very sharp at first, and very sour/tart. Fruity and complex. Had no idea of the high ABV. To make such a big beer so incredibly refreshing and easy drinking is a testament to the brewer’s art here. Well done. Bottle from Sarah for Beerdvent 2014.
NeuroPliny (204) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. Poured from a 750cc bottle at Mikkeller bar, SF. Colour is deep clear dark red-mahogany with a pink head. Nose is dark berry, Cabernet Sauvignon, oak, and leather. Flavour is sour grape, grape skin, green apple, dark berry, dark cherry, and hints of earth and dark chocolate. Awesome!
vyvvy (4396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub - pours dark brown with an amber hue and an off-white head. The aroma is sour with roasty malt, richness and lots of dark fruits. It has a medium / full body that’s crisp with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with lactic and acidic sourness, toasted malt, dark bread and lots of peppery spice. The finish has cinnamon, pepper and lactic sour heavy. There is a bit of the malt on the finish, but mainly just the sourness. Enjoyable.
RobertDale (3854) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours more red than brown with a decent pinkish head. Aroma of tart fruit, grapes, funk, and wood. Taste is tart cherry, grapes, spice, oak, funk, and a bit of vinegar. Excellent.
andrewje41 (894) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at the barrel house. Pours a dark reddish color with a sour grape, red wine like aroma. Berry flavor, with sour red grapes and cherry. Dark fruit super tart finish. These guys continue to impress me. Great stuff.
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy amber with a large creamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of stone fruit, scuppernong, citrus, lime jello, spice. The taste is tart tropical fruits, lime zest, pale malt. Medium bodied, mild lingering tartness.
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Sour and tart with red fruits, vinegar and some sour patch kids.
Danyel (1196) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Cascade. Pours brown with red hues, light tan head. Aroma is sour, very winey, cherry. Taste is rich wine, lots if cherry, great fruitiness, sweet fruits with a nice tartness. Overall, very nice.
UDBeernut (1915) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the barrel house. light brown, muddy. some dark pitted fruits, mostly raisin and cherry, white wine, oak, booze burn. yowzah, moderate boost.