TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mahogany purple. Grayish foam shows good retention. Dull cola-laden nose is accompanied by scents of iron, peach, red wine, plastic, and band aid. Suggestively meaty and fusel as well. Prickly forced-carbonation. Unfiltered. Thick and clingy acids are dull and poorly defined from the start, and the dullness is further exacerbated by a fuzzy, worty, and husky malt profile. Fuzzy carbonic residue sloppily disperses the muddled flavors across the palate as rampant Brett-derived sherbet and band-aid notes bludgeon all underlying subtleties. Severely dirty and confused, with little if any brightness to speak of. Meaty yeast compounds the already deeply muddled and unrefined nature of the beer as it links up with a chalky mineralic briskness. Leathery notes also add to the astringency. Loose tannins generate a subdued zing which echoes the even dwindling sourness. Oak only tarnishes the flavor as it’s flabby rather than crisp. Finishes medicinally grapey with an overbearing mineral, band-aid, and shoe-polish astringency. While a commendable effort, I’d say back to the drawing board. The aroma is tolerable, but the flavor is disastrous. Two swallows were more than I could handle.
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is pretty complex with slight chocolate, fruits, Zin aromas, some candied sugar, and some oak. Flavor is slightly sour with some funk. Flavors are pretty close to the aroma. This is truly a decent brew.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive thick head, weird, as the guy rating before me said minimal head. Deep brown color. Super fruity, almost berry nose, those Zin barrels really took over. It almost reminds me of the smell of a barrel aging room in a winery, like a mix of Brett and Oak. Palate is soft, note of caramel, apple, berry, and oh the sour. Interesting beer, not my fav.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minimal head on this dark brown pour. An excellent aroma. An utterly superp aroma - brett funk intermingles with sweet chocolate malts initially with sour cherry and vinous grape character. Loads of brett funk and more chocolate and cherry flavors. Vanilla oak and zinfandel grapes round out a solid body.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Julian! Noses in a really clean and subtle coconut and pineapple sugars. Bright and acidic, but very clean. Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a hint of red and a tannish seltzery rim. Flavor starts with a clean acid and moves through a bit of oak and funk into a melded roast and wine character. This is good and reminiscent of the Jolly Pumpkin profile. Crisp and rounded. This is a nice use of roast with sour. Almost feels like it should have a strong fruit base, but it gets interesting without fruit. Nice.
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
very dark but not quite black under a small brown head. really funky bretty olive nose, which is misleading by the color of this beer. flavor is brett, earth, funk, wine, and just slight touches of roasty malts. extreme sharply carbonated. a mess...but i can see the appeal.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ Monk’s: Part of the Brett Pack dinner during PBW. This one poured a deep dark red, like wine. The aroma was oak, cherry, sour, and funk. The flavor was smooth, dry oak, sour cherries, acetic acid, and funk. Overall, another A+ beer I’d love to find more of.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to CaryTheDude and Jakebra for hooking me up with this one. Authographed nonetheless! Black pour with light tan head. Big bretty aroma with oak, dust and wine. Flavor is hard to describe. Lightly sour, lightly funky, smooth coco, dark bread. Dry wood finish. Really tasty. I owe CaryTheDude and JakeBra big time.
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours black and I was not expecting that. Oaky and dusty type aroma consisting of wine and bourbon notes. It also has the wild hay like brett note. Very interesting taste and there is no way I can fully describe it. It tastes sort of like coca cola and is smooth with a wild yeast compliment. Vinous, acidic and slightly sour on the tounge. But without a dominant sweet or sour taste. A distinct malt taste comes through. I liked it.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head... looks like a cola. Aroma is very wine-like. Oaky and sweet. Taste was very unique. Started out sweet, vanilla maybe? Finish was very fruity and white wine flavored. I loved this one! Probably couldn’t do more than one in a sitting, but I am very impressed with this beer. UPDATED 6/09/09: Even better! The sour flavor is much more pronounced. The strong wine flavor has subsided some but it is still quite noticeable. Great, great beer from Avery.