DrSilverworm (9100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, shared with local raters. Very dark brown color. Thin light brown head. Couple splotches of lace. Clear around the edges. Awesome chewy texture, light, lightly crisp carbonation. A little bit effervescent, not as much as in other Anchorage brews. Lightly dry in the finish. Awesome aroma. Roasty malt, big bitter chocolate, light coffee, bit of citrus works well with the roasty chocolate coffee. Like a sour stout, but much less chewy, much more bretty funk. Good moderate bitter taste, light zesty sweet, light tart. Delicious, super-interesting stuff.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 7/12/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at Belmont Station. Pours almost completely black with an average tan head that slowly settles into a collar of lace. The nose is prune with coffee, dark chocolate, roast, and a nice red wine vinegar and citrus sourness. The flavor is the same, with all of the flavors nicely melded, and the sourness not really kicking in until the finish. The body is medium and tannic with average carbonation and a long roasted dark chocolate, coffee, and sour red wine vinegar and citrus finish.
b3shine (7132) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a dark cola with thin light beige lacing. Smells solid; malty, tart, and funky. Tastes like it smells with some light red wine notes. Average on the palate. Solid beer.
Marheb (3534) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Le brett est définitivement plus présent avec ses notes cuirs et de cheval mouillé. Les tanins du chêne sont délicat et se marient bien avec les malts rôtis, j’ai hâte de voir comment le dedio et lacto vont s’intégrer avec le temps.
marcus (8000) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours pitch black with a modest light brown head and a vinous aroma. There is a moderately sour dark molasses flavor that doesn’t match the aroma in regard to sourness. Nevertheless an interesting and tasty brew.
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark brown color with tan head. Black currant, prunes, dark pit fruit, wet wood, funk aromas. light body, average carbonation. Mildly tart wet wood, bretty flavors with dark pit fruits, red wine----very tasty.
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with little to no head. Aroma is sour and wine barrel forward. There is some vanilla and barrel to start off with and then the pedio sour comes in and takes over. Nice but not super balanced. Light mouth.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured at the Festival. From what I remember it was dark brown with thin tan head, medium body, very good tasting
czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour @ THE festival, maine. almost clear dark brown with a nice beige head, some retention/lacing. nutty, hazelnuts, frangelico, chocolate, caramelized nuts, wood, red grapes’ must, lactic and acetic acidity, hint of sweetness, spices. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, lightly acidic and spicy-woodsy finish. much enjoyed!
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a slow gusher, easily able to be poured before overflowing. A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a near black color that shows opaque when held up to the light. From afar the beer smells of dark, concentrated fruit (fig & prunes), a closer inspection yields a solid tartness, a slightly musky funkiness, and a touch of roast character towards the finish. A really deep draught of the nose yields a rich, toasted, whole grain brown bread, and roasted bread like richness to the malt character. Tart fermented fruit notes of berries, touches of strawberries, and a richly concentrated note of fig jam, chocolate, charred raisins, and deeply caramelized berries all add to the abundant richness and complexity here. Spicy, woody smelling oak notes lightly perfume the nose and serve as an accentuating and anchoring note.
Rich feeling up front the beer lightens up considerably through to the finish were it is quite light. Deeply rich fruit notes are here, without really having any sweetness; dense fig, charred raisin, bright prune all are here in a fruit and floral sort of manner. The finish has a roasted bitterness to it, and the finishes suggests charcoal, blackened toast, and a touch of dark roasted coffee. Quite vinous as well, the pinot noir wine character really comes through quite well, and is where much of the rich fruit character seems to have germinated from; restrained, but supporting oak flavors marry the beer with toasted woody notes, a slight spiciness (that gets bigger through to the finish), a touch of toasted character, and maybe some soft vanillin notes. The tartness here is not overly aggressive, it helps to accentuate the vinous character and the fruit, but is actually fairly slight and is much more noticeable in the aroma somehow than in the flavor. This beer drinks on the light side for a beer of this strength and complexity, it is still a sipping brew though.
Quite a nice beer, definitely complex and interesting with the roast, the Pinot Noir barrel aging and the light funk. Having said that, it could use a touch more sourness and funkiness.