superspak (3984) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2009. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, leather, red wine, hay, funk, light vinegar, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of the wild yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of sour cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, toast, light roasted malt, hay, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness after the finish; with lingering notes of light tart fruits, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, funk, toast, hay, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors and barrel notes; some moderate astringency with light oxidation; and lightly cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a crisp, lightly acidic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid wild ale. Some nice aromas with solid flavor complexity and balance; and fairly smooth to sip on. A moderately enjoyable offering; had no problem finishing it.
Steasy66 (1103) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastes of bourbon and wood, some brett funk and white wine character but overall bad.
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
The last time I popped one of these with Matt, I promptly knocked my glass over and fed the beer to my living room carpet.
The beer appears a profoundly deep, dark shade of walnut brown. The beer has a sizable, thick, beige head that exhibits lasting retention and generates ample lacing upon the glass. The aroma is primarily of alcohol and wine barrels, with a slightly funky scent. The beer is funky, but not terribly sour, per se. The barrel character comes through with fervor, and the beer is very tannic in nature. The feel is medium to full bodied, quite a bit thicker than is customary for a sour / wild ale. Alcohol is evident in the olfactory senses and present throughout tasting. A good choice for a sipper, this is best shared and consumed in small quantities.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2011
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a murky dark reddish color with an off-white head. Smells like red-wine vinegar, oak, and cherry. A light funkiness to it, sort of musty, maybe a little cardboard, and a light lactic note. Taste is sort of muddled and muted. Light fruitiness, hints of wine, a bit of vinegar and leather, maybe some wood. Cardboard, musty oak, and some light barnyard. Not really a fan.
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby-tinted mahogany with virtually zero head to speak of and even less lace to remember. Smells of wine funk (that is almost immediate and very appropriately hard-hitting), denim jeans, molded strawberries, banana peppers, oak and lacquer. Tastes of funk, spent yeast, pineapple (brief but itís there), aged wood, leather, rust and molasses. I was astonishingly surprised how watery this beer was. Doesnít have the greatest aftertaste, either, but almost nothing does these days. Its aftertaste is trying to imagine a milk chocolate bar baked with black raspberries and sawdust. Not horrible but not what I would consider amazing.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL at the RBSG Grand Tasting LA. Pours deep black with ruby highlights. Clear. Weaker tan foam. Nose is malted milk balls, lacto / dairy, nougat, hazelnut. Taste is tangy, sharp cherry, finishing on the palate with big paper and cardboard. Hmm, overoaked it seems.
reggiedunlop (3583) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown/black with ruby hues and a medium dk tan head...nice retention. Aroma is oaky and vinus with winey notes...very sour. Flavor is oaky with a touch of malty roast...only slightly sour and tart...very woody...mild tart wineyness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a very dry oaky/roasty finish. This one smells much more sour than it tastes.
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
19th March 2010
Opaque black beer. Lovely nose of woody red wine and sourness. Light semi crisp palate. Light fruity sourness with a hint of red wine. A little sweet lacto malt in the background. Finishes lightly sour and a little dry. Lovely light sour beer. Very drinkable. One of the best of this style!
dalekliz (907) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/2009 bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeasty and sour, with wood, wine, malt, underripe fruits. Taste is crisp and woodsy-sour, with lemony yeast notes, wine, and malt underneath. Lingering sour lemon wood. Complex and interesting, though itís aged a touch too long.
marcus (8300) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by haggerty. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sour aroma. There is a sour dark malt flavor with lots of brett and a winey finish.