Ernest (6728) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, unfiltered.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of plastic, apple, alcohol, and DMS.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I hate when bad things happen to good people, and that’s the case here. The Avery guys are awesome folks without exception, but this one just didn’t work out right. Vegetal, grainy, unpleasant aftertaste, etc.
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice orange haze with a sudsy head. Funky-monkey nose was inviting. Soft, light and fluffy texture. Malts were light and toasty; seemed to have a rye-like quality. Faint sweetness (sweet pineapple and vanilla). Bright and very spicy, peppery, perfumey and flowery. Just a pinch of sourness in the background; I kind of yearned for more. Yeast flavors and aromas were very pleasant, somewhat farmy. Fun beer!
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very light, translucent amber in color. Only a little frothing on the pour, but no head appears. Smell is funk. But it seems to be a pre-mature funk. I think this one needs some more time in the bottle to grow up. Taste is definite barnyard funk and wet hay. Has potential, but I think some time can only make it better.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange yellow pour with a thick white head hazy. Very funky aroma - sour with some vinegar. Not very pleasant; everyone agreed it could only be described as "old band-aid". Bad tasting. Just really sour, funky and completely off. Not very good.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raspberry Kool-Aid soaked sourdough bread nose, some candied flower notes come through as well. Hazy translucent orange/yellow, frothy head, nice lacing. Spicy fruit syrup sweetness, with nice bitter notes, and a funky tartness that rounds out for a very complex and interesting taste. Full body, fizzy carbonation, and a long finish causing one to contemplate about what is happening on the palate. Never really had anything quite like this, it has familiar characteristics to other styles when thought about separately, but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts on this brew. A very well put together beer, worth trying. Something tells me this will drink nicely in a few years...
dyetube (1330) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a most interesting beer! Smell is super funky I think I read someone call it a band aid smell and that about fits. It has that smell that reminds me of the renaissance era (maybe because the renaissance festival is going on)... The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little tartness on the tongue. starts off lively and ends dry with a lingering tartness about it. This is a curiously interesting ale. I liked it! Cheers!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Soapy and vegetal on the nose. Some incredibly hot phenolic and rubber notes. Traces of pepper, just the smallest hint of brett. If I wasn’t looking for it, I probably wouldn’t even know it’s there. With the yeast, the pour yields a murky copper liquid with a thin bright white head. White pepper, stewed veggies, wet grain, artificial fruit syrup, wet wood and a lacto/rubbery funk on the tongue. Medium bodied with a lasting and off putting lactose and somehow spicy finish.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy yellow, without much head. Aroma is wonderfully complex with wood (hickory, maple), and banana scents. Flavor is pretty sour malt with some dark fruit flavors, and burnt wood finish. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is pucker sour, but kinda in a rotten good way.
Beaver (1457) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.
The aroma is rather unpleasant funky (and slightly burnt) yeast and bandaids with some spices and some tart fruits. Some buttery malts (popcorn) come out as it warms.
The flavor is a little tart fruitiness (lemons) and buttery malts that is quickly smothered by a kind of peppery and floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation at first that mellows.
Overall, an interesting concept, but not nearly as good as it sounded. The combination of flavors and smells didn’t mesh well with me. It’d be interesting to see if more sourness comes out as it ages.
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, hazy yellow gold color with a nice white head, nose is like aspirin or chalk, well balanced sour funky taste that has some fruit and flowers, good beer