bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Purs hazy copper with a few bubbles. Mildly sour aroma. Medium body with little carbonation. A fruity/citric sour taste followed by a slight burst of sweet extra ripe fruites. Finishes smooth, mildly sour and now oaky wood is strong.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle from Holiday Wine, Brewed in 2009. Opened with not even a hint of a hiss--I wonder if the bottle was even capped properly (I hope it was!). Poured vigorously and a good 10 inches from the glass it had a 1/2 finger, huge bubbled beige head that lasted a good 20 seconds before diminishing to nothing. Dominating the nose are oak (red wine barrel) and acetic acid. I also get some alcohol, overripened black cherries, peaches, and a bit of scorched caramel. Flavor brings in the alcohol burn and character of a red wine. Moderate sourness with plenty of oaky barrel. Not as sweet as I’d have thought with the overripe cherry character--thankfully it pulled back a bit. Considering the strength, I only get a little smoldering alcohol down my throat and in my belly. Sourness peaked at a 4, bitterness at a 3, and the finish was semi-dry. Zero carbonation with a full body. Pretty good--dunno if it was worth the more than $20 bucks I paid, and won’t get it again, but it was good.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, the finale of the 06 07 08 non-grand-cru vertical with EricE and ryan. Pours a dark translucent amber, not as brown or thick as the other. No carbonation. Very different from the standard versions, oak barrel dominates everything in the aroma and taste. Underneath the oak, the aroma has tannins, grape, and a touch of horseblanket, malt and hay. Taste has figs, cherries, tannins, and a bit of leather. Drier than the others. The finish is pleasant, with citrus peel bitterness finally pushing the oak aside.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark amber pour. a Gusher that spilled a bit but I managed to save all but the first couple drops. Aroma is tart nectar fruit, peach and pear and a lot of apricot. Some sweet malt character is present as well, adding to the complexity. Flavor is at first a shock of tart, followed by some sweet vinous barrel notes and fruitiness. Very complex, the barrel really imparts some vanilla, sweet boozey notes to the beer. This ballances out the extreme tartness and works well with the apricot fruit. Really nice
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber color with an off white head. The aroma was tart with notes of grapes and plums. Some notes of mint with a light funk. Mildly tart flavor with a hint of sweetness. Light to medium bodied. You can taste some of the alcohol and feel it in the chest for sure.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is an opaque burnt orange color with a thin white head and some mild carbonation.
S: There’s quite a vinous quality to this beer, which certainly makes sense. A lot of grapes, oak, and slightly musty. The tartness is mostly lactic with a mild acetic quality.
T: The flavor is very similar to the nose. A lot of tart grapes and apples with a heavy oak component to it. There isn’t a ton of tartness, but enough to go along well with the fruit and oak flavors. The Brett does not necessarily provide much funk, but a definite dryness.
M: The carbonation is certainly plentiful with a medium body to the beer.
D: To be honest, I did not even notice how high the ABV was on this beer. That said, it’s certainly a good beer, but given its price tag, I think once was enough.
yespr (28664) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37. 5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark orange to light brown with a bubbly white head. Aroma is dry fruity and light phenolic. Sweet fruity, distinct phenolic and towards acetone. Dry and malty into a mild wooden note. Lingering dry fruity note. Smooth malty and fruity finish. A bit on the dry malt side.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Scott on 04/17/2010 at the 11th Richmond RateBeer Gathering. Slightly hazy golden amber body with a small white head. Somewhat tart vineagar aroma with some caramel. Tart vineagar flavor with some caramel, fruit, and some light sugar. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 7/4/8/4/16 - 3.9
VJ2 Bottle at Mekong’s Beer tasting with Jerome on 01/20/2010. Clear copper amber body with a think off-white head. Sour fruit aroma with some light balsamic vinegar notes. Sweet lightly tart flavor with lots of fruit and a bit of caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/7/3/17 - 4.0
Pinball (10138) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy amber, small yellow head.
sourish aroa. Also faint citrussy, faint sicy. Well composed.
flavor is stingy, vinous, faint vineagra, dry.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 1/20/2010 Source:Mekong) VJ2. Clear copper/golden with little head. Light white wine notes. Quite dry with complex spiciness. Fruity with peach pear and cherry notes. Woody. Like a very nice dry white wine.