Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #276 shared by Ugsmash - *extreme* thanks! It appears that I will have the honor of putting this on the radar with the 10th rating. Pour is a tawny brownish red with a mild head. Aroma is mysterious and intriguing, oak, a hint of Brett funk, fruits (cherries, grapes), and whiskey. Flavor has a distinct oak barrel character, with sourness, tartness and bitterness and a tad of funk. The 15.5% (!) alcohol level is well-hidden, except my gums are numbing as I swirl this beer in my mouth. Both flavor and aroma are complex and something to marvel over. The finish is somewhat bitter with a slight edge of astringency, but not at all unpleasant. I am reminded somewhat of the character of the New Glarus Belgian Quad, but less the cherries.
oakbluff (403) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
2005 vintage- pours a lifeless muddy brown. No head or lacing to speak of. Nose- strong vinegar and cheery, Taste- cardboard, weird chemicals and boozy burn on the finish for good measure. Sadly a drainpour and a reminder that age doesn’t do most beers any favours. Average in body. Yuck
brokensail (9130) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by GT. Murky ruby colored pour with little to no head. Aroma is sweet port wine, red grape, and alcohol. Some cardboard a hint of red wine vinegar, and sweet caramel. Flavors of charred oak, port, grape, and caramel. Cardboard, some light vinegar, grass, and booze.
GT2 (7033) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL thanks to BrewtopiaofPJ. Pours a low haze cherry red with bubbles, no foam. Flat as expected. Nose is tomato, caramel, cinnamon tea, flashes of acetic acid, fortified wine. Taste is not sour whatsoever- just very woody, oversteeped cinnamon tea, spicy raw wood. Dusty, older body. Perfume oil mouthfeel. Eh, over the hill and not even sour.
DedicatedToFun (1540) - SoCal, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy cow, amazing beer, thank GT2, oak aged for 20 months, are you kidding me, no head, but beautiful sour ale.
drsordr (537) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2013
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Whoa, this I hope was a bad bottle. Nose and taste of old lady perfume, roses and funk. Hope it didn’t mean to taste like this. 2005 bottle drank in 2013.
mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a murky dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of massive wood, oak, vinous notes, and tart dark fruits – no hint of 15.5%. Flavour brings out loads of wood, vinegar, some slightly tart dark fruits, oak and some mildly vinous notes. Quite vinegary and oaky. Surprisingly, no slight hint of the 15.5% - seems like 7 or 8% max. Finishes on moderately vinegary notes with quite a bit of oak. Great stuff.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oklar röd/brun i färgen, offwhite skum. Doftar söt-surt med lingon, rött vin, blåa druvor, karamell, funky, röda bär. Smakar härligt sur-sött, vinöst, blåa druvor, röda bär, lingon, funky. Fantastiskt!!
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, shared with staf, two dudes drinking Founders, and a polite older British couple. Cloudy ruby naroon color, scant tan edge head. Aroma of ruby port, plums, raisins. Taste is lightly tannic and softly sour red grapes, apples skins, cranberries. Easy to drink for such a big beer. Fantastic stuff, never expected to find it on a quick weekend trip to Atlanta.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish amber brown color with a small, bubbly off-white head. The aroma has sweet caramel,tart and sour cherry, berries, oak and vinegar. The flavor brings more of the same tart cherry fruits, spices, sweet caramel malts,oak, vinegar and alcohol. Light to medium bodied with good drinkability and a moderate tart character.
Had this in 2011 and the bottle had picked up quite a bit of cork and dust and was going down hill.
I would have given this a higher rating if I didn’t have the bad bottle. I wouldn’t have expected this to fall off the way it did.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle #276 6/16/12 (Courtesy of kkearn)-46° in snifter-Pours a hazy amberish brown with a small ring for a head. Aroma of dried fruit, oak, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with some red wine flavors coming out. This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Not a fan of wine but this is darn tasty.