bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a spare tan head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, vinous, and fruit. Flavor of caramel, prickly pear, earth, wood, and light funkiness.
BMan1113VR (7835) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sourfest. Pours with a very deep brown body with a small tan head. Aromas are lightly fruity, oak, vinous, vinegar, caramel and red wine. Flavors are earthy, fruity, funky, slightly vegital/soil like. Medium bubbles, fruity with a dry finish.
JohnnyJ (4275) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Stone Sour Fest 11. Dark brown pour, minimal head. Very sweet, lots of pear, light vinegar sourness, and sugar. One of the worst beers at the fest, not interesting.
brokensail (10653) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour on this one is dark brown with a finger of off-white head.
S: The prickly pear certainly comes through on this. The base beer does too. There is a nice bit of tartness to the nose, but it’s mostly vinegar. It’s also quite sweet with a bit of a Jolly Rancher quality.
T: I thought the aroma was sweet but that was nothing after tasting this beer. Incredibly sweet and sugary with a ton of Jolly Rancher and prickly pear sweetness. A mild to moderate acetic sourness is there but is overwhelmed.
M: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Although I thought the nectarine version was quite good, this one missed the mark big time.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cannot see how this is ranked lower than the apricot version. This is a delightful beer. Equal parts sweet and sour with a bold prickly pear taste. Great tartness.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sour festival 2011. Black with tan head Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet peachy fuzzy, all in all pretty interesting.
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ BGH, sour bear republic event. Brune pour with some tan head. Tart pear fronted aroma, some sweet dark fruits and sugars. Bit of acidity, tart pear, dark fruit, oak, light sweet malt, little warming on the back end.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a dark bruin body with an off white head. Light pear tones, mild acidity hints of pears a bit warming. A bit messy in the middle maybe to much etoh. The finish is nice however with a light pear lingering. Decent.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown pour with a thick tan head. The nose is dark and soft with a lot of toasted aroma. A lot of fruity nose with a sweet candi sugar character. More Belgian tasting that the BA version although there is clearly some wildness beginning to take this one over as well. Chewy with a little bit of the same type of yeastiness along the back as the BA version. Lingering malic tartness but it still seems a little bit underattenuated.
italarican (1478) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RnH. Deep cocoa pour with moderately creamy khaki head. Aroma of strawberry rhubarb, whisky, and oak. Similar flavor of strawberry rhubarb, guava, lime, whisky, and oak. Warming, slightly nutty and fruit finish. The tartness is welcomed but doesn’t quite mesh with the whisky notes. This is almost like an inferior version of New Glarus Enigma. Probably my favorite of the weird Bear Republic Grizz series.