wesyates (55) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oddly enough, I rate this beer at a 4 even though I rate the aroma, appearance, taste and palete lower (mid-scale). You have to understand something about this beer BEFORE you drink it. If you don’t you will lose all respect for what the brewer was trying to accomplish. First, let me say that you will be overwhelmed by a fierce acidity in bitterness, tartness and absolute vinegar essences. DO NOT LET THAT THROW YOU. I was privy to a tasting with a rep from the brewery who prepared us for the experience and I can say that without that, I would have pitched it in the sink claiming it to be rancid. However, much like a good balsamic vinegar, this beer does have characteristics of its own to be appreciated. Yes, I said vinegar, and a little salty but once past that, you do taste the berry and raisin and malt as well as the contributions the yeast add. Do try this but remember what I said earlier.
ctipping (939) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2016
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
375 mL bottle. Red body. Smells intensely acidic. Raspberry. Vinegar. And some chemical aromas like plastic and acetone. Tastes of a pretty pleasant raspberry for one brief moment. Then it turns acetic and vinegary. And then it turns chemical. Really sour. Very difficult to drink. At least the fleeting moment of raspberry is decent.
BuckeyeBoy (4941) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle thanks to Steve. pours out a redish copper topped with a small head. Nose is candy raspberries lots of barrel notes vanilla and plenty of tartness. taste is more of the heavy raspberries jam sweetness plenty pucker tartness.
mR_fr0g (7795) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Canary wharf tasting 16/02/2016. Many thanks to Paul for this one. Hazed onion skin brown coloured pour with a fleeting off white head. Aroma is big acetone, solvent, jammy raspberry, harsh. Flavour is composed of sharp tangy lemon, sour, puckering lemon, acetone. Palate is acidic sour lacto, highish carbonation . Harsh.
madmitch76 (20697) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2016
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
16th February 2016
Level 42 Tasting. Thanks to Mr Bois. Hazy amber beer, untidy pale cream colour head. Palate is light and finely crisp. Acid! Glue and acetone. Burning lemon acid lingers on after an unpleasant swallow. God awful!
RobertDale (4958) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml. bottle. Pours a clear reddish orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of berries, fruit, and funk. Taste is raspberries, fruit, funk, and oak. Very, very good.
The_Osprey (5288) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at Canary Wharf, thanks to Paul. As ’Allagash Mattina Rossa’, 6.6%. Hazy opaque dark orange, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is apricot, nectarine, jammy, some nail varnish. Body is light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is pungent, vinegar, marker pen, crayon, tart and acidic. Heartburn. Harsh and acidic. Not for me.
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 bottle shared at the Level 42 tasting, London. Thanks to Paul. It pours a hazed rose orange color with a small off white head. Aroma is strongly acetic and vinegary with raspberry an nail polish remover, and loads of lemon juice. Taste is also harsh with big vinegar and lemon juice, more raspberries and harshness. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, tasty but way intense
Scopey (11338) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at level 42. It pours amber - orange with a tiny off-white head. The nose is big, punchy, juicy, tangy raspberry, jammy, Victoria sponge, mild acetone, Bakewell tart and candy. The taste is tart, big tangy action, bracing acidity, tart raspberry, lemon peel, sherbet and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. A bit acidic if truth be told. Juicy anyhow, but a touch harsh.
Leighton (17195) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours unclear reddish gold with a fading creamy white head. The nose has some damp wood, tart raspberries, light funk, musty leather. Light sweet flavor with sharp acetic burn, bitter raspberry seeds, mellow funk, wood. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Finishes with harsh acetic bite, some salty sweat, tart raspberry. Pretty sharp, but not bad.
Theydon_Bois (15528) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the level 42 tasting, thanks to Bro - Pye, 16/02/16.
Hazed orange amber with a decent off white covering.
Nose is funky red berry, apricot preserve ... after a good few months left open in the cupboard, lemon curd, wood must.
Taste comprises red berry balsams, funk, straw, yeast esters, brett pangs, apricot jam.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with a big acidic bite.
Decent sour if a little harsh in places.