gramity (1462) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance was clear red honey caramel with creamy tiny white head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet slight caramel, floral spicey hops, cherry, maple, apple, straw with acidic tartness. Taste are mild grape of chardonnay, cherry, hints of maple, sourness of the yeasts.
merc7186 (2256) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Mild Cranberry, Mild Cherry, Mild Port
Appearance: Murky Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing
Taste: Dry Tart Cherry, Cranberry, Mild Port
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Dry, Mildly Tart
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 7 years old now, 6 since blending.
Appearance: A short head quickly fizzes into a murky chestnut/reddish body.
Aroma: Aroma has some astringency, but sour cherries and oak are noted. There’s a hint of sweetness through it, not enough to consider it balanced, but it adds a layer of complexity.
Taste: Ah this isn’t very drinkable at this age. The intro is promising, even if a little flat. It leads to a slightly sweet gummy cherry mid-taste. The back-end gets hit with vinegar and then an aspirin/chemical flavor. This simply hasn’t held up to age. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s certainly not very enjoyable.
Palate: Medium bodied, a bit flat tasting.
Overall: I recommend not purchasing one of these unless it was properly cellared, which this wasn’t. Perhaps it would have aged nicely in a good cellar, but on the shelf it hasn’t held up. Not a drain pour, but not something I want to continue drinking.
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rusty brown with virtually no head. Aroma is malt vinegar, overripe red fruits, hint of nail polish. Medium bodied, tart on the palate, long acetic finish. Taste is malt vinegar, dates, red wine.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Muckfest V on 7/12/14. Clear amber in color with a thin beige head. Aroma of sourness, tart fruit and a bit of nail polish remover. Sour fruit flavor with some caramel maltiness before a sour finish.
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared at Muckfest - thanks! I can’t remember who brought it, but I know I know. Damn. Anyway, pours a hazed amber color with virtually no head. Notes of funk, oak, leather, caramel, booze, dried fruit, hay, mellow spice, faint vinegar, and a little musty basement. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a funky, fruity mouthfeel. Pretty interesting vintage. I’d like to try more of these.
Barnoloid (265) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry red in color and tone, with a lively funky nose. Has a delicate tartness that shows remarkable restraint whilst also livening up the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is remarkable - solid carbonation along with a lasting sourness and tartness whilst this beer also manages to be light/smooth and acidic and balanced. Outstanding.
RussianDragon (517) - - MAY 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Shared with Andy Skaggs. The beer pours a beautiful clear amber/ruby with a quickly fading soapy head. Aroma is cherries, oak, vanilla. Flavor is tart, very sour cherries, a hint raspberries and red wine notes. Delicious sour finish. One of my favorites.
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Foothills bottle share... thanks for setting it up, Mike! This is acetone and fruit. Sharp acetone and paint thinner feel with some nice cherry and strawberry lactic notes. A mix of offensive and awesome, with thankfully more of the latter.
smith4498 (3073) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky reddish brown color with tan head. Sour cherry and oak aromas. Sour and funky flavors of cherries, dark fruits, toffee and wood. Medium body with moderate carbonation.