michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle: Sour, acidic aroma of raspberries, and a little bit of chemicals. Poured dark red (raspberry red or blood red) in color with a medium-sized pink head that diminished rather quickly. Opaque. Cloudy. Flavor is medium sweet, lightly sour, and very acidic. Tastes of raspberries, oak, and a little bit of cherries. Medium body. Tingly texture. Lively carbonation. Raspberry and acid finish. Good, but not sure why it cost me $38 for the bottle.
lb4lb (2569) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by the legendary miketd. Thanks man!!
Pours a dense cranberry color with a very light thin head. Smell is funky, tart, cherries, and oak. Flavor is lightly funky, tart cherries and vinegar with a medium body. I got more cherry than raspberry from it. Pretty good and nicely sour.
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich reddish-purple beer with an off-white head. Dusty, raspberry, earthy, tart aroma. Tart, raspberry, duty flavor that turns sour. Medium body. Lingering earthy notes with raspberry and a nice sourness. Great complexity and very refreshing.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle shared by miketd at lb4lbís tasting. Poured a deep pink color with a thin, fizzy pink head. Aroma of tart, sour cherries and some berry, but not in the most appealing way. Some yeast also. Flavor is pretty tart with strong flavors of raspberry and sour cherry, some barnyard funk, and a light yeastiness on the finish. Crisp and moderately dry. Pretty nice beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at tasting at Chris Fischerís (from Liars Club) house. Pours with a ruby red body topped by a medium thick to thick head with some lacing. Itís tart and sour with a nice funk and notes of raspberry. Light bodied, crisp and smooth.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red/amber with a soft pink head. Tart raspberry and dose of funk to the aroma. Darn, there was a great quote tonight about the funk in this, but I canít quite remember it. The berry flavor was very fresh, like a not quite rip raspberry, sort of tart and very mildly sour. Not very acidic, but a good dry earthiness.
Jerre (2774) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl . Yesterday @ Opstal.
Raspberry red color, with a little off-white head.
Aroma fruity, malts.
Taste bit sweet, sour, almost perfect, fruits, malts.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on 2/14/2007. Thanks Matt! The beer pours to a deep ruby garnet body with a super rapid dissipating head. The aroma is really complex with a raspberry puree and leather mixed with sour yeasts. Light sugary candy and some cherry juice. The flavor is leathery puckery cherry and raspberry juice with interesting barnyard components. The palate is really nice. Not overly tart or acidic but perfectly balanced between the two. Nice texture in the mouthfeel and perfect carbonation.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/14/207 Bottle shared by Matt. No head and very little carbonation. Funky raspberries and sharp acetic acid in the nose. Light acidic barn / raspberry flavor. Sour but there wasnít a good complexity to the beer.
Ernest (6517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Feb 07 bottling).
Head is initially small, fizzy, pink, fully diminishing.
Body is hazy medium reddish-purple, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of raspberry and cherry, light notes of band-aid, sour apple, and wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation.
I rarely say this, but thatís because I rarely believe itís true: this will probably benefit greatly from another couple of years in the bottle. Although the aroma is very enticing and vibrant, itís pretty fruit-forward right now, as with young wine (and priced like the latter as well, at least in the States...$35 a bottle here in Colorado). I would also ideally want a smidge less sweetness and a smidge more tartness. These are nits...itís great stuff as-is to be sure. And given a few years for the fruits to fade a bit and some aged characters to take their place, I have little doubt that it will gain more depth and breadth.