Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 mL bottle courtesy of CrellMoset and aimeefausser on 6/13/10. Thanks! Pours a hazy orange-brown color with a minimal head. The aroma is earthy and spicy with some toasty notes, caramel, soy. The taste is a very earthy tartness, big citrus notes and a spicy finish. Some berry and grape like notes in the finish, as well as some mushroomy soyness. Medium bodied.
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste thanks to Sara!
Drank next to Gargamel. Red-tan body, lightly hazy with a fizzy white head. Musky, lightly oaky nose with heavy vanilla, cherry, and grape. More oak in the flavor, definitely to a fault, also some light cherry and citrus before warmth brings an apple dessert quality to the profile. Well balanced and complex, yet the more I drank of it the less I found it to be so, probably because of the over-oaked flavor. The soft carbonation helps the dessert elements survive, but the oak and a watery finish reduce leave this feeling a bit thin and muddled.
cpetrone84 (1334) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this at our basically weekly tasting.
A-pours a cloudy, grainy copper color, rusty brown. a tight light tan head on the side.
S-oaky vanilla up front, wild yeast, grapes, balsamic, notes of tart cherries behind.
T-the taste has the wild yeast up front with notes of oaky wood underneath. a touch of earthy grain, very light balsamic notes, tart cherries and grapes in the back.
M-grainy on the palate, soft with a medium body. good carbonation with a crisp finish but not biting.
D-this is a well balanced sour with nice subtle flavors blending together very well this is a top notch sour.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Deep iced tea body with minimal head and the tiniest swirls of lace.
Smell: Wow the nose is a very nice vinegar, tobacco and leather mix. Not quite pucker inducing but complex and inviting.
Taste: This one really isnít coming together for me and Iíd in reality give it a 3.8 for taste if that was possible. Sweetness up front followed by wood notes, vanilla, butter, and nuts. The oak is probably the most dominant flavor. Minor alcohol note.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very good considering its a 10% abv wild ale.
Itís good but Iím surprised I didnít love this one....
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-13-2009
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: At first the dill really comes through in the aroma, but then pretty much disappears and is replaced by light maple syrup and oak. It pours a transparent reddish-orange with a minimal head. The flavor starts with tart plum and lemon. The finish consists of maple syrup and a touch of dill. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled March 2010
A soft pour produces a fat, one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated red color that shows a clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. Quite fruity smelling with raspberry seed notes, bright berry aromas, some light tartness, quite a bit of tannic, spicy oak. The more I inspect this the more the oak becomes apparent and the fruit falls to the background; almost smells like a freshly cut oak plank at times. The fruit aromatics come out if I take a break from the nose; this really is quite fruity with a spicy, fleshy raspberry, perhaps a touch of dark plum notes and some complimentary clove aromatics and brown sugar notes.
Quite tart tasting based on the light spiciness that was in the aroma. This has quite a bit of body to it, and it seems to have a lactic slickness to it that washes the beer off the palate; there is also a tannic texture to this. Oak flavors are perhaps the most dominant (at least after the initial hit of lactic sourness), with ample peppery, oak-derived spiciness, a freshly cut wood-plank flavor, some very soft butterscotch, and maybe just a hint of vanillin. The fruit flavors are much more subdued compared to the aroma; but still notes of rich plum, seedy raspberries and some soft berry notes are noticeable under the oak. A rich, caramelized, perhaps even maple like note mixes with oxidized, dry sherry notes and perhaps some hints of port sans sweetness.
This is just a bit too over-oaked; it gets in the way of the other flavors and can seem a bit heavy-handed at times; having said that, if you donít mind oak flavors, this is actually a pretty tasty brew.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to swoopjones for sharing this rare treat. Chestnut brown color with a thin white head. Funky yeast, oak and bourbon aromas. Some dark cherries followed by a nice light acetic sourness. Oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors are also apparent. Dry woody finish.
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle shared with Rudolf & Frylock. dirty bronze cooper color. aromas of whiskey, oak, sherry, cherry,. Taste was very complex, tart, light sourness, dark ripe fruits, sherry wineiness. solid & complex
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tasted at Mikeís place, March 2010. Thanks to Mike for sharing! Hazy light brown, thin tan head. Nose is whiskey, wood, dried cherries, alcohol, berries. Flavor is cherries, brett, nice lemony tartness. Manages to be dry (Tannic?) and sweet at the same time. Lingering cherry & alcohol brett finish.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown with a small off-white head leaving some lacings.
The aroma is quite intense and peculiar. Lots of semi-funky barrel, smooth mild edgy bourbon, herbs and lactic notes. Hints of caramel, leather and nuts.
The taste is quite spectacular. Itís very spicy and has quite a lot of fresh herbal notes to it (thyme, dill). Then, along comes prominent barrel notes of wet wood. Some malty caramel sweetness and muted and strange bourbon notes. Lactic and tart middle leading the way to a tannic and herbally bitter finish (do I taste rocket?) with notes of tart cherries.
Medium to full body, smooth with a dry finish.
Definitely a weird one. A strange and interesting, surprisingly herbal, character, Complex and edgy with a nice tart side to it. But also more fun than good actually. Canít think of many occasions when I would crave anything like this.