Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark reddish brown color with almost no head. A very thin disc of tan around the edges. Tart aroma with notes of berries, cherries, grapes, tannins, earthy notes. The taste is berries, grapes, faint oak notes, tannic finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
Koelschtrinker (9878) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Der weiche und aromatische Geruch verspricht leider mehr als der Geschmack halten kann. Der Antrunk ist verhalten sauer und etwas wässrig, leichte Traubennoten. Holzig-wässriger Mittelteil, in dem die Säure leider nicht zulegen kann, was angesichts der Wässrigkeit wünschenswert wäre. Im Abgang kommt eine trockene Bitterkeit hinzu während die Säuerlichkeit absinkt. Das vorhandene dunkle Malz wirkt dabei oft fehl am Platz. 8/8/8/7/9/8
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 9/1/11 from a 750mL bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe. Gusher bottle pours a murky and muddy brown with a very thick tan head that slowly recedes to rocky lace. The nose is sour red wine vinegar with some barnyard horse blanket, balsamic vinegar and raisin along with some caramelized bread malt. The flavor features the sweeter balsamic, raisin, and caramelized bread up front, moving to the funky horse blanket, and finishes with the sour and acidic notes. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long sour, balsamic vinegar, and tannic finish.
blomster (222) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Rating from notes. Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma of forest fire and skin lotion...hmmm... Light sour taste, roasted malt, sour berries.
Medium to high carbonation. I can not really get past the very odd aroma in this beer.
Palme (2915) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33l bottle from EtreGourmet webshop. Freddy is a dark dark brown/amber beer with a quickly fading and sidesticking just off-white head. Aroma is woody and sour. Notes of tomatoes, licorice and some sour grapes. Lively carbonation, medium-bodied and it has a light fluffy mouthfeel. Flavors are mild woody, malts, sour and quite vinous with notes of some red currants and gooseberries. Long lasting sour aftertaste with just a little hint of alcohol. Yeah, not bad.
swoopjones (5249) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Ebenezers, Maine. darker blackberry pour, raspberry hues. Nice tartness, somewhat acidic, red wine flavor comes through & wood to a lesser extent. Tart cherries with red wine on ice flavor. Dark berries. Very nice
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scooped this one up last fall at Hop City in Atlanta (great place, by the way). Nearly opaque dark brown pour, with hints of burgundy and a prickly foamy head to the brew. Really nice nose, tons of wet oak and mature grape, with slight acetic qualities, fruitbread, very faint sweetness in there for contrast. Mouthfeel is dry but not too acetic, and lively in places from the carbonation. Dank and woody throughout, with a superbly mellowed quality that I really appreciated (those who like their sours more aggressive might disagree but I dug it much). In places perhaps a bit too oxidized but I was feeling the woody funk.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Pours dark brown with a head only summoned by an aggressive pour. Nose of sour black cherries, oak, must, bitter cocoa. Taste adds more acetic notes and lovely bitter chocolate. Great mix of bitter, earthy, and sour lively mouthfeel. Fantastic.
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Guess we missed connections again, Alum. Color is just a shade lighter than the average stout. Thin scraggles of foam. The smell brings up sour cherries with a little roasted malt and chocolate, then notes of red wine. Taste is all about the sourness; I can’t find much of the dark malt at first. The cherry yields to cream sherry. Quite puckery. A fuller texture than the average sour beer. Now I’m picking up some chocolate roast malt toward the end. And at the very bottom, a sense memory of Pop Rocks. Definitely a sipper.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Part of their Belgian Fest/Night. Pours a pretty dark brown hue, some reddish brown edges, pretty well hazed and near opaque aside from the edges in this light. A moderate sized light brown tan head with a touch of red, good froth and lacing as it stays decent sized. Aromas are a nice deeper sour cherry and grape nose, red wine, wet oak, some cocoa, and light roast. Really nice growing cherry and red wine essence really draws me in, some red grapeskins, touches of vinegar, more wet oak and that subtle stouty cocoa and roast beneath. Initial is medium bodied, a motuh enveloping sourness, cherry, grapes, and red wine. Some oak, red wine tannins, touches of vinegar, some darker malts, faint cocoa. Touches of vanilla, more oak. The sourness is solid and firm, yet not overdone and getting into that acetic zone. Some firm vanilla and cocoa mellow into the backend with toast and some decent sourness, good red wine essence. Really like the cocoa, touches of vanilla, with some caramel, toffee. Really nice, proper sourness, good barrel presence, and that stout blend adds just the right amount of clash/balance on the backend. Really great beer here, gem in the rough that I would have never expected as such.