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 (1183) - 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 wasnít looking for it, I probably wouldnít even know itís 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 (3742) - 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 (1327) - 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 didnít mesh well with me. Itíd be interesting to see if more sourness comes out as it ages.
blutt59 (6028) - 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
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a golden, hazy, orange with a thick white head. Aroma is very unique, smells of hospital bandages and sweet italian sausage. Mouthfeel is meduim. Tastes is very akward, didnít get the funk. Taste is heavy with the same as the aroma, some spice, and full of yeast. Finish is akward and dry. Wild yeast? In homebrewing this is a negative thing. To sum up this rating all I can say is wow, what a disappointment.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with rapid rising bubbles and a thick white head that faded slowly and left some light lacing. Nice aroma of funky, tart brett, some buttery toast, a bit of cirtus, and light spice. Opens with some light, soft citrus flavors and funk that leads into an awkward, out of place buttered popcorn flavor that really took away from the enjoyment of the beer. Still finishes with a lightly tart, fruity finish that shows a little promise. I pray that some age will smooth out the malt flavors and bring out a bit more funk, because as is this is a huge disappointment.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours straw colored with a thin off white head. Aroma is tiger pee (I just go back from the zoo, so I know), light floral, light pale malts. Flavor is funk, pale malts, some toast, some citrus. Palate is medium to light bodied, medium carbonation finished lightly tart. I hate this beer! Very rarely do I pour anything down the drain, but thatís where this one is going! Blahhh! I may have a newest lowest rated ever!
legion242 (2250) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Probably the most subtle of the Avery anniversary series that I have had. A definite herbal/floral essence is noticeable. Poured cloudy orange with a quickly fading head. But you know what this reminded me of most? The one and only Sahti that I have had- lots of lactose/citrus notes and the mouthfeel was really nice- almost milk-like in itís viscosity.