SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12ozs bottle. Black stuff. Lots of sour fruit with a good dose of wine and oak in the aroma. Slight tart chocolate flavor with a hight level of acidity and well-hidden alcohol. Vinous and fruity with a big oaky zin character. A little bit of peanut butter flavor. The roast doesn’t really get in the way of the acidity and it works pretty well. Cool stuff.
zizzybalubba (1301) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO. Cola-like brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of lemon, zinfandel, and a slight detection of apple cider vinegar. Jaw-clinchingly sour taste with white wine and citrus immediately up front. The surprise is a noticeable sweet aftertaste that almost magically coats the tongue at the end. This causes the initial sour flavor to become somewhat muted. Overall this is a wonderful beer from Avery.
Beermogul (28) - USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark red with very small head. Smells of sweet red wine, caramel, and choke cherries. Tastes tart, tannins, dark fruit caramel and fennel seed and again choke cherries. Full bodied, low carbonation. A very interesting sour, at times a little too overpowering on the palate.
kylefleeger (102) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark funky with a fruit flavor. dark and sweet. Plum flavor with great overall balance and flavor. Unique and amazing.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle split at Madison tasting. Deep cherry brown. Big sour aroma. Sour tones all over the place and a nice woody brown malt balance. The sour tones more than cover up the alcohol, making this taste like a young, subtle Oerbier Reserva in some respects. Wine sourness in the finish, lemony grapes. Quite excellent.,
madvike (2531) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours deep rosy brown with a thin ring of light tan head. Tart as hell, with vinous notes, black cherry, oak, and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Taste is roughly the same, heavier on the oak with a bit of chocolate(?) and a lovely black cherry finish. Citrus tart on the long finish.Soft carbonation in the mouth. Yum.
peteinSD (1233) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle kindly sent by Scott as an extra - thanks! Pours a dark, reddish brown with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma is a dark, flandersesque sour with cherry, some white wine notes, and a pleasant sweet tartness into the finish. Taste is strong, heavy cherry, sharply tart sour, a slight bit of white wine (but it is really overpowered by the cherry), and tart sweetness. This is probably one of the better sours I have had from Avery - a bit over the top but it does not comes across to me as rough and the body is fairly clean. Good sour.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of an adnielsen trade. Thanks, Aaron. Let’s kick off Thanksgiving! Pours a darker brownish hue, touch of ruby on the edges, a good glow, healthy carbonation with a small frothy tannish head that dies to a tiny ring, minimal lacing. Aromas smack with red wine tannins and cherries, touches of darker sweet malts, toffee and lactic acid. Funky brett, wet oak come in with vanilla, red wine, oak, and touches of sweetness. Funky brett, dry, some balsamic dances in a touch. Initial is darker, with good healthy cherries and red wine, dryness and tannins dance in, lots of red wine mix with some lactic presence, touches of toast and caramel sweetness, gentle dark fruit and brown sugar. More vanilla and oak, gentle balsamic presence, sticky sweetness not overpowered by sour. I’d say more red wine that soured, fairly balanced with alcohol well hidden. I’d say this is one of the most balanced offerings from the Avery Barrel series. Meretrix, the previous one smacking of sourness and acidity. Finish is lingering barrel tannins, red wine and oak, lingering decent to moderate sourness, but sweeter caramel, toffee, and biscuits balance a bit, touches of brett, vanilla. Dry, quite drinkable. Really enjoyed this as far as balance. Aroma and appearance fall off a bit with a pretty much non existent head and fading aromas. Nice. Showing a different side (more mellow) of the Avery sours.
Dfonorow (1038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark murky brown with little to no head. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is of tart fruits, vinegar, and honey. Taste and body is on the sweeter side but the finish is pure sour ale. Some notes of green grapes, oak chips, and raisins. Some acidity throughout, alcohol is hidden well.
pushkinwow (1805) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to adnielsen/Aaron. Dark brown with a creamy biege head. Tart and brett, tannins and grapes, oak, cherry, some balsamic. Very acidic and tart, moderate body, good carbonation, hints of funk and farmhouse, becomes quite dry, thins out a little bit at the end but doesn’t take too much away from what is a delicious beer.