FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Feb 18, 2009, release party, 12oz bottle
Fruity aromas of cherries, wine, barnyard (brett). Some plummy notes, too. No hop aroma
Dark brown with ruby highlights, clear, light tan head with fair retention
Fruity/funky flavors dominate with cherries, red wine, plums. Distinctly sour, but not over the top. No hop flavor, light bitterness. Some oakiness.
Low carbonation, light-medium body, slight tannic/astringent finish
Overall, a pretty interesting beer. The sourness isnít overwhelming and allows you to keep sipping. SHould age nicely!
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a off whit head that quickly diminishes into a ring. Aromas of dark fruits, cherries, vinous notes, and a funky bretty nose. Flavors the same, funky brett, tart dark fruit, light vinous notes, some oak as well. Palate is under carbonated but smooth.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by a local, thanks man. Poured a muddled brown color with some ruby highlights and a moderate off-white head that receded to a ring. Lightly funky, bretty aroma with some light tart cherry, soft red wine tannins, and a bit of oak. Smooth, moderately tart entry with some undertones of black cherry and a smooth sweetness that leads into a soft, seemingly immature brettiness that finishes with some light hints of wine barrel. Low carbonation and a moderate mouthfeel. The flavor shows some promise, but really lacks the depth that some other similar beers possess. Perhaps some time will round of the flavor and itís true potential will show.
That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Very nice nose. Awesome actually. Lots of stuff going on with this brew. Very dark pour. Sexy. Flavor is awesome as well. Very funky, fruity, winey. Plenty to enjoy here and not much to complain about.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Dark brown color. Smooth, light tan foam. Nose shows a lot of brett, along with light notes of raspberry, cherry and oak from the Red Zin barrels. Flavor tastes like brett, alcohol, along with a lightly vinous character. Overall, itís quite dull and simplistic in body. Doesnít seem to have a lot of concentration or depth. Donít like the nose to well or flavor, also would prefer natural carbonation. Tasted again: The combo of brett & the vinous character really clash for me.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A friend shared a bottle of this and it was actually pretty interesting. Dark, almost black. Smells like some brett funk and tastes like grapes that are almost sour but not quite. This is not something I will seek out again but it was interesting to drink just because the flavor was pretty unique. It should be interesting to see the beers that Avery starts putting out in this series.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-20-2009 03:02:25
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was cold and the line was long, but it was worth it. Judging by the crowds at the brewery, bottles from this first barrel-aged series may be hard to find. Anxious to taste one of these puppies, I thought about strapping one to my roof-top cargo container on my Xterra so that it would be perfectly chilled by the time I got home, but I exercised patience and waited. After giving it a short bath in ice water, the beer poured dark maroon in color and it had a sudsy light-tan head full of small and large bubbles. Intricate lace patterns lingered for a long time on the inside of the glass. Its cobwebby nose was filled with a sour Bretty-ness that beckoned further investigation. Texture was creamy, smooth and light, with a soft carbonation. The beer had a solid baseline of gum-numbing sourness from start to finish, yet it wasnít sharp, pungent or puckering at all. After the first couple sips I thought the beer was rather pleasant yet not too complex. But after allowing my taste buds to adjust, and giving the beer a bit of time to breath and warm up more, delicate nuances and subtleties started to surface, such as faint chocolate, white wine, leather-trimmed BMW seats, Redwood bark, vanilla, raspberry and cherry, light perfume and wildflowers. That quenchy baseline sourness snapped it all together. Other background flavors of sweet grains, cookie, pear and yeast followed. This beer doesnít hit you over the head with boldness. Itís more like a complex assortment of mellow flavors and aromas that blend well together. I found it to be rather enjoyable.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of horseblanket, leather, tobacco, toffee, cherry, vanilla and multiple layers of funk. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a lightly tart finish. Flavors of toffee, cherry, horseblanket, leather, light vanilla, oak, some light vinous notes and multiple layers of tasty funk with a crisp tart funky fruity finish.