shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Sour red cherry and chocolate malt aroma. Brown with small head. Sweet-tart cherry and mild caramel-chocolate malt flavor. Nice easy drinking beer.
Hammy78 (870) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this last night at the Blue Monk in Buffalo. Poured a dark ruby brown, tan head and lace. Smells sweet, tart and of cherries. I was expecting more cherries, but it tasted a lot like coffee, which I can only assume was from the malts. I liked that though. Sour dark cherries in there though as well. I really liked the complex nature of this brew.
drfabulous (4801) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewery. Sour brown/red with some vinegar. Big acidic taste to it countered by the fruity brown taste. Nice.
ContemplateBeer (1744) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of tootsie roll and tart cherry. Appearance is ruddy red brown with tan head. Flavor has a pretty constant undercurrent of mild tartness, starting with chocolate malts and finishing with some light cherry. Palate is bubbly. Pretty good.
Travlr (15870) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, scant head. Aroma of slightly sour prunes and raisins. Taste is softly sour dark fruit. Tasty.
beernbourbon (1390) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pour is clear brown wih a smattering of white bubbles. Aroma and flavor are light tart wood with hints of sweetness and light cinnamon. Interesting. Not very tart with lots of wood.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ CB at the ATG tap takeover. Hazy brown with a light tan head. Aroma of tart pie cherries, chocolate, dough and light apple cider vinegar. Flavor is not as sour or tart as the aroma would suggest, chocolate and dark fruit mostly with a light sour/tart edge. Medium body with a long, dry finish. Interesting beer, but the flavors don’t really come together.
queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery, Tart cherry, caramel malt, and light yeasty aroma., Chestnut with a small beige head. Tart cherry, roasty/toasty malt flavor., Medium body.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer brownish deep hazed hue, darker body, frothy offwhite head laces ok. Aromas are coffee, brown malts, gentle cherries, lactic acidity. Coffee, oak. Initial is a bit tart, coffee, oak, lactic acid and yogurt in mellow qualities. Some cherry. Middle is coffee, brown malts, gentle sourness. Backend and finish is coffee toast, and gentle oak. Lots of brown malts, pretty young wild influence. Ok.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
Reading the description on the board I was excited to try this beer thinking it might be in the vein of a Flemish sour. Instead it is a bland and not very sour brown ale that feels rushed. Maybe it was a bad batch (or the fact the bar has been set pretty high by previous experiences) but this one should be passed.
Flavor / Palate - The velvety red base looks like a liquid cupcake. A thin mocha head sits deftly on top. Almonds, bittersweet chocolate, and mild cherry touches hint of depth but don’t quite get there.
Flavor / Palate - The acidity I was expecting seldom materializes in the sips I took. A coffee driven malt bomb lets the cherries show up from time to time. Otherwise though this is a stronger brown ale that would have been good on its own merits. Maybe it was just trying to do too much that pushed it towards mediocrity.