ChainGangGuy (4386) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a lightly clouded, orange-yellow body with a wispy, white head.
Smell: Judiciously funky nose, neither subtle nor overblown, with a pressing leathery and horseblanket aspect and supporting notes of dried bitter citrus peels, vanilla, and still-damp wine barrels.
Taste: Meager bready barley maltiness slides into dusty, leathery tones. IV-style drip of tart cherry juice cut with mineral water, white wine, and a generous splash of cracklingly acidic "Matt’s Gasline Lemonade". Slightly creamy, tannic oakiness. Quin swings both acetic and lactic throughout the taste. Drying, warming, and with a sprightly carbonation on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, effervescent carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s a pleasant American-born wild ale. Give it a try if you happen to come across one of the scant few bottles out there.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky dark brown pour with a thin fizzy head. aroma is Loaded with vinous wood, funky taint, some sour wet notes as well. Mouthfeel is creamy, flavor is intense sour wet wood, barrel, very vinous, very complex, very good. Tart horsey beer. Want more
IrishBoy (3843) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Ratman!!! Nose is light funk and horseblanket, hints of wood and wine, and some dark fruitiness. Flavor is nicely tart balanced with a moderate sweetness and woodiness (but no vanilla).
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, packaged on 05/06/2010 and consumed 11/03/2010. The pour yields a very cloudy, dark, caramel-amber body with a moderate, well-defined head of lasting beige foam. Bands of lacing break apart into wide swaths, griping the glass tightly. It’s truly a beautiful looking beer, one that I can’t wait to dive into. Aromas are very dry, vinous, and fruity, with ample tartness and funk. Sweet porto reveals lush, deep notes of cherry, as the Cabernet and Zinfandel barrels impart sharper, earthier grape. Peppery and tannic, the wine-like character is persistent throughout, bringing with it substantial brett and pedio funk that is reminiscent of farmhouse wood. Creamy oak resembles that of a full bodied Napa Chard, bringing the influence of each barrel to clear and obvious fruition. The malt base does not go unnoticed, as relatively sweet caramel softens the acidity of the tart fruits and barrel funk. On the first sip, it is apparent that they really nailed this one. Gripping cherry, red berry, and peppery grape are full-flavored, sharp and acidic, but not at all overbearing. Caramel malt, while perhaps just a hair under attenuated, assuages the tannic sharpness down to a completely embraceable level. The influence of each barrel again translates well, from creamy, oaky California Chardonnay to bold, zesty Zin and cherry-heavy, sweeter Port. Lactic acidity and earthy, dusty brett compliment one another beautifully, simultaneously cutting into and bringing forward the fruit. Delicious stuff. Seriously very good. The palate too is impressive, substantial in body for a sour, with bright, lively carbonation, and a semi-dry, refreshing acidity on the back end. Excellent beer. This is my favorite of the Avery barrel-aged sour series to date by a wide margin.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a deep orange with a small white ring and a thin white film looking from the top down.
Aroma: Dry white wine, light cork/oak and sour peach or nectarine.
Taste: Tannic, wood barrel, sour dry grapes, sweet grapes (grape juice). Very balanced between sweet and dry and sour.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a tad puckering.
Overall: Really impressive, perhaps my favorite thus far in the barrel-aged series.
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw, meal), light hops (spicy), and average esters (grape) with notes of Brettanomyces, fruit, lactic, and cherry. Flavor is average malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (spicy), and average esters (grape) with notes of Brettanomyces, lactic, plum, port, and cherry. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, slick texture wit a dry finish.
thirdeye11 (5555) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) clear rich orange with soapy bubbles on the edges. Nose of wet barrel, sour cherries, white wine, and funky. Taste of sour cherry, pipe tobacco, mildly tart, no lactic acid here, mildly acetic though with a creamy finish and lasting tart flavors.
ansermadide (1521) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Poured by Adam Avery. Cloudy, yet glowing, light-orange/yellow color with a frothy white head. Aroma is of soured pit fruit. Wow, it’s sour… I don’t know exactly what it is about this beer, but it’s good. Be warned. Sourness is really very faint, but definite. Flavor is MUCH more sour than the aroma, but at the same time not a heavy sour. Kind of spritey and light, punchy, acute, etc. An acute sourness... there ya go. Good job, Avery. Also pretty tart on the cheeks. Makes me wonder if there’s some tarty fruit in there. Pretty strong, don’t let the fruity words fool you.
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of vinous, port, cherry, caramel, leather, and horseblanket. Flavor of vinous, caramel, citrus, port, and wood.
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 5/15/2010 thanks to doodler! Pours with a huge off-white head and a hazy orange body. Nose at first is all horse blanket with some wine notes. As it opens up: earthy, wet leaves, caramel, fruit, red currants, wine, dark fruits, boysenberry, vanilla, toffee and marmalade. Flavors are a complex mix: fruit, vinous, pepper, earth, wine and jammy notes, light butterscotch, some acid that appears to be mostly citric (some ruby red grapefruit in the aftertaste. A decent amount of bitterness (probably tannins). Lively bubbles, to the point of being creamy. Slightly acidic but not supremely sour. Very nicely done.