minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear glowing sunset red/orange body; thin head. Incredible aroma, dry, fruity, woody, very buggy. Packs a punch, alcohol hits like a wine before receding. Tart and juicy, nectarine-like. Lots of oak. Delicious awesome stuff.
NeonBlackBrain (19) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle compliments of the masters at Avery. Pours a hazy but vibrant ruby red/mahogany with subtle carbonation and just a light layer of off white head. On the nose you get the most intricate combination of sour cherries and wild yeast. The aroma prepares the palate for the crisp flavor of tart wild cherries, cranberries and just a hint of plum. Tart through and through with an incredibly long finish that lingers on the surface of the tongue. If Avery doesnít stop theyíre going to start making people look bad.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very slightly hazy orange-red pour. Eggshell white head, great retention. Looks amazing. Granny smith apple, cherry, vanilla, oak on the nose. Nice tingly carbonation at first, leading to tart red fruit, finishing dry. Very complex and pleasantly evolves on the palate. Nice tannic finish. A+ beer here.
craftbeerdesign (2243) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 bottle thanks to ratman197 on 4/6/11. deep orange pour with a slim white head. deep oak nose with acidic tones and light Brett. medium body with strong sour notes across the tongue. tart and bright up front with high acidity with softer sides that feel more funky. lactic finish with some Brett notes, oak, vanilla, grapes, wine barrel and leather. another wonderful sour from Avery!
2 oz pour from the keg at Brewvival on 2/26/11. deep orange pour with a 1 finger off white head. deep wine barrel nose with light Brett.... the souring bacteria isnít as dominant as expected. medium body... nice and round throughout. semi sour with dark fruits, oak and layers of Brett funkiness. dry finish with some barnyard notes from the Brett and higher levels of tannins from the Cabernet barrels. very nice sour - want some bottles!
SudsMcDuff (6763) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to TOM! .. . Pours a murked brown, sturdy light lacing .. . aroma of cherry skin, dirty girl socks, and brown funk .. . slick and wild, shit! this is a great beer, so happy i got to try it!! .. . Well if you think there is one iota of ambition in my nakedness then you severely underestimate me!
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap last year at Kraftwork. Pours a glowing penny color with cloudy body. Head is small and colored white w/ tiny bubbles. Good lacing webs on the sampler glass. Aromas of bret, lactic acid, juicy dark grapes, chardonay, oak, and granny smith. Taste really surprised me, very impressive. Tons of oaky buttery caramel, sour barnyard yeast, pedio, peach, hint of green pepper, apples, oaky cabernet tannins, and tons of sour vinous cherry. The mouthfeel is so juicy and salivating. One of the best beer I have had from Avery.
Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a clear oranmge amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of vinous notes, cherry, oak, straw, light horseblanket and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vinous notes, horseblanket, citrus, straw and a hint of cherry with a crisp dry lingering tart funky finish. Avery scores again!
stabzmcgee (72) - Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of cherries and raspberries. Some hints of Cabernet sauv from the barreling. Appearance is beautiful glowing golden amber that is somewhat translucent. Head is a tan white that laces the rim of the glass. Taste is somewhat tart and slightly vinegary sweet cherry/ Rasperry, The cab sauv taste just peeks itís head in to say hello and then is gone just as quick. Palate is fizzy, sour and has a long delightful finish that holds the taste of wine and berries. Overall one of the best sours I have had. At 10% alc this is also one of the stronger sours I have had.
Ernesto987 (4548) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Aroma: tart berries grapes flavor: vinegar tart the cad sav can be tasted lingering tart finish
Maddog (445) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful, big sour ale. I love sours, and this one rates with Russian Rivers sours that I so love. This ale is very fruity, oaky and full of citrus and of course tart. An incredible beer, Iím thinking it gets some dryness and big fruit from the Cab Sauv barrels, but man what a sour. It truly represents the style.