DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a generis head...fully coats the glass as you tilt it...itís an off-white somewhat tan color and the beer underneath is a neato shade of cloudy orange-brown...like a slutty african pumpkin or something. Iíll admit that at the current moment, I lost my sense of smell like Dewey Cox but after trying really really really hard, I get a musty fruit sensation with a background wave of boozy alcohol. Flavors, and they are muted because of my stupid cold, but they are very woodsy and earthy with vinous notes all over...both the chardonnay and Cabernet notes are evident..not sure I get any of the bourbon influence though. The sourness is more of a brettanomyces-like soft tart funkiness with maybe a bit of lactic sourness at the edges...tannic vinous finish. I quite like it though I wish my cold wasnít making the experience seem far away.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz bottle courtesy of DaSilky1. Pours an amber-reddish orange color with a small white head. Smells like fruits, candy, yeast, and it has a nice funky quality. Nice funky yeasty taste, remnants of dried fruit, bananas, oak chips, and watered down kool-aid. Has a nice dry finish with a lingering alcohol warmth. This is a tasty brew.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark copper body with a nice white head that stays as a nice thin ring for a while. bubblegum, orange zest, wet funk lightly sits there with the wood scent. easy to tell that i have a cut on the roof of my mouth with the first sip. hurt so good. nice sour level, not the jaw clenching that i love, but enjoyable sour that blends with the wine flavors. a bit of something like raspberry lingering here. has that odd mouthfeel that i notice with some brett beers. bubblegum citrus flavor keeps popping up in this. along with a strong wood flavor. red wine flavor is over everything here. i think i need to get a bottle to my oldest brother, that wine sucker will like this. the taste like oil based paint leaves in my mouth from when i worked construction is definitely here-i think that is the brett again, i get that from a few other beers too. sour peach works in there too. the last sip was better than the first. i could drink a few of these today while i wait for my barbecue chicken i have in the oven.
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GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First I have to thank zizzybalubba for bringing this back from GABF. What a surprise! Great flavors of port and chardonnay infused in a mildly tart beer. Hints of cassis and vanilla on the finish. Mildly sweet, mildly tart, layers of flavors and smooth as can be! An absolute masterpiece!
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared by a friend so I got a good six ounces of this stuff. The first smell was funky but delicious, sour fruits all over the place. The color was a cloudy dark orange. The flavor was more fruitiness, brett funk, not much sour but enough, really impressive. The more I think about this, the more Iíd like to buy some!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-11-2009 00:26:11
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy, freaking smokes, Robert from SL!!!! The best, most awesome Avery production EVER, thanks for sharing! This thing poured as an amber colored brew with tons of red hues behind it, slight off-white colored head. The aroma was just wonderful, oak (French oak, if I might act so refined), some bourbon, red wine, bret, light tart cherries. The flavor followed as wonderfully as all that in the aroma, including what I was sure was pinot noir-ness (so much for my sommelier-ness), earthy funk, light spicing, NO alcohol detection at all, couldnít believe this thing. Fantastic, smooth, big mouthfeel, low carbonation. Wonderful stuff. Thanks, Robert!
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010
++++ Re Rate 21 June 2010 ++++
12 oz bottle from alagnak. Pour is slight haze orange golden with a smallish off white head. Aroma is sour vinegar, wood, and some cherry skin. Taste is sour cherry right up front, blended and followed nicely by the wood graininess and finishing with tannic cherry skin / wood and cherry pits. This improved with age, and tastes much better blended. (8,4,8,4,15 - 3.9)
++++ Original Rating 9 October 2009 ++++
12 oz bottle from alagnak. Bottled sept 18, 2009. Pour is hazed orange caramel brown with a whisper of a white head. Aroma of vegetal sharp wood barrel, some straw, some hay, sweet rose floral honey even. Taste is sweet - orange floral, strong barrel, wood, grainy - some citrus lemon. Taste is "juicy", really not much sour. Palate is coating, cloying a bit, finish lingers with some sweet clove and yeast. Alcohol level is well hidden. Curious to see how this one develops with age. Thanks for grabbing this for me Chris. (8,4,7,4,14 - 3.7)
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 12oz. bottle at Loganís Pre-GABF Party 2009. Strong, sour, funky, winey aroma, woody and fruity with very light sweetness, citrus, hay and wood. Cloudy light amber color with a fine, lasting head. Funky, farmy, tart, woody and sweet flavor, notably tannic with light caramel, wine, red grape, citrus and straw. Utterly dry, moderately bitter finish. Nicely effervescent, nearly puckering and gently warming mouthfeel with a full body. Stuff like this is difficult for me to even conceive of. What youíve got is something that sounds like a train wreck of flavor, but is actually very good. Sort of mind blowing, at least at first.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz., bottled 9/18/2009, with a big thanks to theisti for sharing! Pours a hazy brownish amber with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is more subdued than expected, with some floral, oak, fruit juice, and much lesser notes of light spice, general fruits and cherry. Flavor is a bit fruit juice like, with only the slightest bit of sour and tart, amongst some dark fruits and oak. The 10%+ ABV is nowhere to be found, which is a positive, but overall not as impressive as I would have hoped. Thanks for sharing Tim!
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle purchased at the Avery Tap Room, poured into a snifter on 10/2/09... round sour notes on the nose along with some lemon, lactose and vanilla... not the typical Brett barnyard funk... more lactose driven based sour notes... ruby red pour with a nice off white head that last a good amount of time before thinning out... as it settles, I really picked up on more oak / wine barrel notes on the nose... beautiful round, smooth and creamy body... very well balanced... perfect sourness... tart on the sides, oak on top... sour finish with lemon notes and a splash of oak... particularly the Chardonnay barrels... lively carbonation throughout. A+. Glad Iíve got one more bottle.