maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 BO Bottle at Mekong’s Beer tasting with Jerome on 01/20/2010. Bottle number 015. Somewhat cloudy orange body with no head. Somewhat tart fruit and caramel aroma with a touch of oak. Sweet fruit and caramel flavor, slightly tart with a touch of bourbon. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/3/8/4/17 - 4.0
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Slightly cloudy golden copper body with a thin white head. Sour fruity aroma with light apple. Sweet, tart, fruity flavor with light caramel and yeast. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/3/16 - 3.8
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with a bunch of others, along side the Pinot Noir. Nice peanuty flavor, unmalted wheat, sour grapes and acedic acid. A good bit of oak in the aroma, but otherwise it is similar to the flavor. A lot of nuttiness all around. Very tasty, easy drinking, the better of the two.
beastiefan2k (3204) - 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 (9169) - 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.