Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of umich03jm
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour raspberry, lemon, and light vinous notes. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a minimal off-white head that quickly looks still. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sour raspberry. The finish has moderate-heavy sour lemon, light oak, and just a hint of vinous notes (could be power of suggestion). It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
GTAEgeek (1219) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at First Sunday. Pours orange, with a small, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, raspberries, and lemon zest. This has a very sour flavor, with some citrusy sweetness. Medium body, crisp and acidic, and effervescent. Nice clean finish. This is an outstanding sour, with aggressive sourness, but still somehow approachable.
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear caramel color with very little head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, tart fruit, raspberries, apples, acidic, wood, with some vinous influences. The flavor has more sour character than the nose. Tasty stuff.
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, reddish brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is sour raspberry and tart. Taste is tart and wine barrel aged sour bite. Fantastic sour.
JBPortland (778) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pours semi-clear ruby red/brown with small thin head. Nose is funky musty dark fruit, barrel, basement, earthy, tart. Taste is sour funky berry, dank barrel, oak, vanilla, red grape, molasses, plum. Finish is sour lacto berry funk with nice vanilla oak notes and tart grape. Awesome!
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky deep red, brownish color. Big sourness in the nose, tart, cherry, raspberry character. More big acetic sourness in the flavor ass well. Fruity cherry/berry like notes. Sweet tart flavor in the finish. Very delicious. Would offer many more petes to this beer.
Homer321 (1886) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to droooooooface. Pours a murky light brown with minimal head. Malty figgy Flanderslike nose. Taste is initially sweet and quickly turns to sour. Slight vinegar but still a pleasant underlying malt flavor. Slight cherry as it warms. Fruitiness comes thru more as it warms. Very nice. Slight alcohol in the finish.
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, shared with derek. cranberry amber with caramel hues. acidic, red wine, berries, touch of rubbing alcohol. seems way more powerful than 7%. Strong sourness, very tart, enamel eater, quite acidic. solid
Chudwick (2144) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer #1 of my beer advent calendar. I want to thank my wife for the idea/funds and AndyReynolds and DrSilverworm for picking out the beers. Each day I get one beer with no prior knowledge of what it is other than I’ve never rated it before. Interesting that I start off on a sour note, badoom pish, especially when Andy knows firsthand that sours are not my thing. 12oz bottle into a snifter - pours clear ruby red with tan head and no lacing. Nose is clearly sour, raspberries, and slight musk. First sip makes my face contort like in that scene in Total Recall where Arny removes the tracking device from his nose. Second sip is more serious: wine notes for sure (wood/vinous). Still sour as hell, but I was expecting the raspberries and wine presence to sweeten it a little. Makes my nose sweat just like when I eat too much sour candy when I see Lucy in the Sky... Abrupt finish. Really curious as to what the next 23 will be.
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to b3shine for tapping me off to a special sour event at Dutch’s in Cincinnati. Getting a shot to try this for about the same cost as a bottle before later picking one up was a nice opportunity. I will definitely look forward to cracking it open with some other sour fans along with a few other Avery releases.
Aroma / Appearance - The rich brown base is the color of mahogany with icy muddy legs. Vinegar, raspberries, Cabernet, and a boozy base meld into the aroma of a soured bottle of wine.
Flavor / Palate - Tart red raspberries scour the tongue. Next a strong blast of vinegary red wine tickles the throat. Very drinkable without being too intense this mixes sweet and sour effectively. I’ve only tried a few of these but this one might be the best to date. I may have to start paying more attention to the series.