JBPortland (1183) - 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 (947) - 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 (2759) - Melboring, 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 (6909) - 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 (2438) - 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 (3250) - 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.
joshwoodward (572) - - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Aggressively sour, with a healthy dose of funk. The sweetness is balanced. Raspberry flavor is good.
Tmoney99 (11910) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a clear ruby color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sour fruit and tannic wood aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer for style.
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Reddish/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, No Head, No Lacing
S: Red Wine, Raspberries
T: Red Plum, Bitter Cherry, Red Wine
M: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Bitter, Mildly Tart
Overall, nice bitter and red wine flavor, good barrel taste with it.
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into HF wine glass at 45 degrees.
A- Pours a ruby verging on brown that looks brilliantly clear with a brown to off-white half inch head that very quickly fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. Minimal retention and lacing.
S- Starts off with a big acetic blast that took me aback, but underneath there is a really nice jammy raspberry that makes me look forward to taking a sip much more than the initial vinegar shock. A very small tobacco/cedar note, maybe the barrel coming through? There doesn’t seem to be a ton of barnyard, maybe a little mustyness on the back end. As it warms the vinegar dies down and the raspberry really comes out to play.
T- Wow- much better than I was expecting by the first shock of acetic on the nose. This has an amazing raspberry and cherry flavor that really blew me away, followed by a fairly weak acidity on the back end. Not overly complex, but very good.
M- Very dry. Up front, the high, prickly carbonation is evident in your mouth, followed by a huge blast of cottonmouth. I’m left wanting some water in between sips, in addition to moistening my gum line with my tongue. Not the driest, but definitely a thirst quencher. The bad news is the high carbonation up front doesn’t lend itself to drinking fast.
O- Meh. I was really impressed with the beautiful color (especially when you hold it up to light), smell, and taste, but the dry and thin nature of the beer didn’t leave me super excited to take another sip. It definitely loses some points on the drinkability aspect. Glad I got to try it, but not something I would actively seek out again.