drfabulous (4048) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce pour at the Beer Trappe. Vinegar and cherry in the body and nose. Light oak in the taste. Pretty damn good.
jkwood04 (4030) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of light sourness/tartness, dark malts, dark fruits, oak and vanilla, a nice funkiness, and light spices. Flavor the same with a very balanced blend. Average texture. A really cool beer but I wish more stood out about it.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Anchorage presentation at The Wine & Cheese Place - Pours dark amber / mahogany with a beige head. The aroma has a nice mix of toasty malt, brown sugar, and citric / vinegar sourness. It has a medium / light body with some richness to it and soft carbonation. The flavor begins with dark fruits, red fruits, caramel, nutty malt and a nice crisp sourness that balances well and bring all of the flavors together. The finish has a rich sweetness, but heavy citric / lactic sourness balancing. "Balance" would be the key to this beer. Excellent in every way.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled April 2014
A steady pour into my large wine glass produces a fat-one-finger thick, darkish tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, amber-brown color that shows a rich, red stained, brilliantly clear, brown hue when held up to the light. The nose is tart, woody, a bit warming, and has a back-note of apricot. Lightly must, sort of like damp clay, with a softly phenolic funkiness, as well as a grape like note that reminds me a bit of a red wine.
Nicely tart, with a backdrop of firm oak structure and a solid, apricot like fruitiness that adds an intriguing note to the flavor. There is a touch of nuttiness to the finish as well as a touch of toasted, whole grain character. The finish has a spiciness to it, much of which is derived from the acidity; not really acetic, but maybe a touch of that, mostly a lactic bite, but some peppery oak character and perhaps some spiciness from the residual cognac character. The body is fairly light, making this quite quaffable for a beer of this strength, and there is a persistent carbonation that lingers on for a long time. Hints of vanillin, tart raisin notes, a touch of cherry, some lingering fig essence, and a tart, dark prune like character are all noticeable here. The oak adds a lingering woody flavor, some spice, a toast accentuating note, as well as a tannic structure and lingering, light astringency. The cognac adds a refined, fruity (I think the apricot comes from this somehow), lightly biting, interesting complexity to this beer.
This is quite a bit more tasty than I was expecting. This is quite nicely balanced between the sour, funky, barrel, and malt notes. The finish reminds me quite a bit of a restrainedly tannic, full bodied red wine at times, though this is clearly a sour beer. I took a long time to finish my first pour of this beer (more than an hour-and-a-half) , and it really held up well during the process
djd07 (3698) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Source. Pours a dark amber with medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk, oak, and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruits, light spice, tart in the finish. Easy to drink, very good.
SHIG (3602) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Poured murky brown with red edge. Head was thin. Aroma was pungent and funky. Taste was similar funky fruit, malt, strong Brett, zesty to the tongue.
vtafro (3561) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Brett, mild lacto, dark fruit aromas. Oak, wine, dark fruit, nice funk and other vinegar tart tones.
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. It pours a dark black cherry color with a disappearing khaki colored head. The aroma is really nice with sweet/tart dark cherries, mild funk and dark malts. The flavor is sweet berries, cherry, balsamic, a little caramel and a decent amount of vinegar with some funk in the finish. I liked the dark fruity, sour aspects of this beer, and am curious how this would do with a few years of cellaring. Good stuff.
CanIHave4Beers (3321) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
808s n FartRates review #5 this one courtesy of Cateman197
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head.
The aroma is funky with a bunch of cherry. It’s earthy rich and oaky all around.
The flavor is tart with some sour fruit and burnt sugar. It’s got a bunch of tart cherry character & oakiness.
bytemesis (3303) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby mahogany - beautiful. Small beige head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing in its wake. Aroma is very vinous, red wine, some Brett, oak, lemons, tart cherries. Flavor is initially lightly sweet, drying out quickly to a light tartness with just a touch of funk. Lots of oaky, vinous notes - I would swear this was a red wine and not a cognac treatment. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Very very nice beer.