jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at Jerry’s. Murky darker caramel with decent, creamy, tan head (barrel-aged) / Sour, acidic nose of orchard fruit, caramel, oak. light funk / Light to medium body, sour, acidic, some sweetness, lovely malt/hop balance, with lightly bitter finish / Sour, smooth flavors of turning apple, cherry, caramel, new oak, light old sweater / Very nice, with exceptional body, but it seems like the blending art muted the brett character which would have propelled this to greater heights.
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a deep, garnet amber with some slightly pink head. Nose is weird, cherry candy, some funk, medicinal, a little rubber, rhubarb. Flavor is sweet, tart, cherry, rhubarb, malt, medicine cabinet. Full, tart finish.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Fruity, tart and funky aroma, with notes of Brettanomyces, berry, red grape, wood, and some faint vanilla and malt vinegar in the background. Cloudy deep garnet in color, with a fine, uneven, lasting off-white head and highly intricate lacing. Flavor profile is fruity, moderately sour, lightly tannic and acetic, with more berryish dark fruit, Brett funk and wood character, finishing with a burst of acidity, red grape and pomegranate tones. Dry, tart mouthfeel with some light warmth and a medium-full body. Impressive. Aging this should also yield some interesting results.
PhillyCraft (4270) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Best Western tasting, poured murky red with small off white head and lacing. Aromas and flavor are oak, berries, light booze, pineapple and other tart fruit plus some misc funk. Medium body. Solid sour ale.
czar (5972) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle share at hill farmstead’s post-3rd anniversary. pours cloudy pale copper-reddish with a decent off-white head. tart berries, cherries, blend of acetic and lactic acidity - light to medium acidity. moderate funk and sweetness, oak, wood, grass, very fruity and floral. earthy and slightly mineral. average carbonation, light body. not quite a sour red/brown but it is an interesting brew..
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky amber with little beige head and no lacing. Aroma is fruity, sweet, light bourbon notes, vanila, some, a bit of latic. Taste is sweet with some fruity flavors, followd by some lactic, oak tannins, vanilla. Medium body and medium carb. Not very good. Dont know if it will improve with age but right now its a bit of a mess.
tom10101 (4096) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to the guy who shared it at Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary bottle share. Cloudy dark amber with a medium tan head and little lacing. Aroma of grapes, wine, oak, lemon and light bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet. There’s moderate to high sourness followed by bourbon, it’s weird... the flavors doesn’t blend together at all, they really follow each other. There’s also fruits, vanilla and oak. Medium body. Winey mouthfeel. Tannic. Weird beer here. There’s a lot going on in there. It’s quite complex, but the flavors doesn’t get together. Maybe a couple of months will help this beer mellow and gain some balance, but right now it’s a deception.
mikesaum (667) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from randomgarbage, cork and cage, pours a murky brown with a largeer than most sours tan head. Aroma is lots of sourness, lactic acid, notes if oak and the bourbon makes it nice and rounded, notes of cherry and vanilla. Taste starts tart in the tip of the tongue, a short lived funky sourness spreads then gives way to oaky and bourbon notes with a sweet vanilla undertone that ends dry and woody with hints if cherry vanilla. Awesome brew.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amberish orange with biege head. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is same as well as dry...kinda mouth puckering. Light body with high carb. Overall, good stuff!
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
3 and 2 enjoyed side by side. Nice glow against the light, nose was uber funky, almost tannic with grape skins and peaches. Taste is not as sour as expected, more like a white wine with a lemonhead added. Maybe a year will do good things but this tastes pretty green right now.