JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head. Funky nose with sour citrus and berry notes. Malty and caramelly flavor up front, then a big sour vinegar finish.
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy brown-red beer with a small, quickly dissipating off-white head. The aroma is yeast, wood, sweet, and tart cherries. The flavor is quite funky with lots of tart cherry and smooth alcohol in the finish.
doublebock (554) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Bright orange and light brown with thin white head
Aroma: Red wine barrels and caramel
Taste: Tart cherry at the beginning with sweet maltiness and with a sharp and oaky sour finish.
Overall: How to top a beautiful sour? Age it in barrels of course. You know right from the first whiff that this is going to be a special beer. Memorable and lingering tartness and up there with any Russian River.sour.
Dogbrick (11313) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing a bottle during his 50th birthday bash. Hazed copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes gradually to a film. Aroma of tart cherries and oak. Medium to full body with flavors of sour cherry, oak and a bit of vanilla. The finish is tart with a lingering cherry and apple aftertaste. Good brew all around.
TheHOFF43 (2039) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy red with quickly disappearing head. Aroma is tart cherries, really good aroma. Flavor is tart cherries, wood and some funk.
Bricktop86 (770) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy copper with a cream colored head. Aroma is leather, malt vinegar, and berries. Taste is tart berries, oak and funk.
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Liquor Express. Pours brown with a thin head. Tart wood notes on the nose. Sour on the tongue with some wood notes as well. Lingers a bit. Pretty good overall but only solid for style.
magsinva (1100) - Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy mahogany with a quickly vanishing tan head. Aroma is bourbon, boozy, vanilla (oak), and woody. Taste is sour, biting in the initial attack, softer in the mid palate and then it bites you again at the finish. It’s not overwhelming, which is nice, but definitely makes its sourness known. Nice!
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, light amber tinged, full tan colored head that is quite creamy textured and some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a hazy light red tinged, gold around the edges hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of fruit, lactic tartness and chewy oak aromatics. Soft vanillin notes, bright berry fruitiness, toasted woody notes, sour fruit, peppery woody spice notes, fresh sawdust aromatics, and a bit of nutty character is easily noticeable here. The wood and sourness dominates the nose, but just enough of the other things come through that this remains quite balanced.
The beer has a solid tartness / sourness to it that is backed by a firm woodiness. Nutty, toasted, malty notes that have a rounded aged quality to it starts in the middle and lingers through to the long finish. The body has a certain richness nto it and coats the palate in an almost creamy texture, but remains light at the same time; the carbonation provides some texture and perhaps boosts the lactic sourness just a touch. This has a sort of, but not quite wine vinegar like character to it; there is perhaps a touch of acetic acidity here, but I am leaning towards there not really being much if any here, regardless the acidty is fairly smooth and escapes the harshness that those with a bit too much acetic acid can have. Ample woody, spicy, sawdust, rounded vanillin woody notes, and a chewy, toasted, sort of green-wood character infuses the whole of the flavor here.
The wood character here is huge in some ways, but somehow it manages to be well integrated and doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the beer. This is quite a nice beer, I am a bit surprised how enjoyable it is, despite expecting this to be at least somewhat tasty. This definitely drinks quite a bit easier than a 9%+ beer should, the alcohol is quite well hidden within the depths of the oak character here.
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours brownish red with a one finger beige head. Aroma is funky, sour with hints of cherry, hay, leather, and mild oak. Taste is similar to smell. Starts very tart, like sour cherry/raspberry then quickly fades into complex malt and Brett flavors - leather, grassy, almost musty. The beer finishes with a hint of vanilla/oak flavor. Body is thin, but complex. One of the best sours! Great balance. Tart but not so much that it would turn off someone new to wild ales. After drinking, I went out the next day and bought 2 more to cellar
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