beastiefan2k (2358) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum bottle shared by maxxdaddy, side by side with the Pinot Noir version. Poured into a larger La Face Cachée long stemmed tuliped-copita glass. The greatest similarity between the two beers is the appearance (well duh). Both are dark amber/orange beers that are very thick and very murky. No head at all, and barely any hiss out the bottle. The funk is apparent in the aroma right away. After that there is some leafy oak and the bourbon is represented with some alcohol. As the beer sits and breathes the aceto and barrel grow stronger. Taste is lightly cherry with light mouth puckering aceto and a tart vinegar-like flavor. It finishes with a very nice tartness and bitterness that sits in the back of the throat. This was by far the superior version, imo.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Magnum bottle shared by maxxdaddy, side by side with the pinot noir version. Deep garnet amber beer. Aroma shows a bit of soft sweet bourbon, light sweet vineousness and a fairly bright tartness as well. Softly oaky and fruity with a light juiciness. Soft lactic sourness and a kiss of oaky bourbon. As it warms up, it really opens up nicely. Long, lingering lactic tartness that plays quite nicely off of the sweet fruitiness. A bit of honeyish character and a light peppery spiciness as it warms up. Really lovely.