Huhzubendah (2807) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! This is one of those beers I consistently missed when it was on shelves, so I’m grateful to try it.
Hazy brown body with an inch of tan head. the aroma offers stone fruits, booze, lactic sourness, funk, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A party for the olfactory senses. Nice flavor. A bit boozy still, though this bottle has aged a bit. I’m not bothered by this, per se. Raspberries and green apple with a boozy funk - how interesting. Medium to full bodied and palate coating. While this is god, I feel like Cascade Brewing sort of owns this style. Robust, high gravity, sour, complex, wild ales. Really fun to drink. This bottle is a good one to share a few ways.
Prufrockstar (1359) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, shared at home with my wife, brother and his girlfriend. Pours clear amber with short lived head. Aroma of balsamic, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is quite tart, with balsamic and brown sugar bringing up the rear. Medium body, slick oily texture. Overall: pretty nice, even if it doesn’t really stand out in any particular way. Also, backlog notwithstanding, this is officially rating #700 for me. Looks like my New Years resolution to rate fewer beers, but rate them more thoughtfully, has been a failure so far. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.
RussianDragon (567) - - APR 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy brown with sediment visible when backlit. Head quickly dissipates to a mild lacing on rim of glass. Murky throughout. Aroma is brett and citrus with notes of oak. Flavor is balanced cherries, brett, sour funk. Finish is lactic acid tartness. Outstanding.
BrewHaMeister (227) - - APR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle pours an apple cider color with a nice off white head and lacing. Aroma is, citrus, cider, earthy, and alcohol. Flavor is very tart and tasty.
bytemesis (4101) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Bottle. Pours cloudy amber, medium creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is vinous, funky, oak, bourbon. Flavor is dry, Puckering tart, oaky, tasty. Not much bourbon overall, but lots of wood notes. Medium body, creamy. Yummy.
curepute (140) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy light amber with a tiny slightly off white head. Nose of brett, oak and dark fruits. Taste is tart with sour cherries, oak, lemon, mellowed brett. The carbonation, tartness and oak flavors seem to blend very well together. The finish is dry and has a buttery bretty oak thing going on. No sign of the booze in there. Great beer very complex.
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours unclear with floaties, orange with a lasting small white head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, cherry like sour fruit, mild cheesy and peach.
Taste is moderate sweet, and mild+ tart. Body is medium, texture is fluffy(very light slick), carbonation is moderate. Finishes mild sweet with lingering tartness. Not bad at all
arsol (732) - NORWAY - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rødbrun farge med lyst beige skum. Lukter syrlig frukt og noe gjær. Smaker syrlig og er godt karbonert. Syrlig og god i ettersmak også. En god surøl!
tectactoe (2944) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Turbid, rusty penny looking pour with lots of hanging sediment; growing beige & gray tinted, chunky head. Aroma full of sour cherry skins, lemonheads, musty oak (quite musty, actually), lactobacillus tartness, back-end vanillin, & moderate suggestions of bourbon that never scold the nostrils. Tart! Very tart up front with more of that cherry & grape skin sourness, light acidic bite but not gut wrenching. Woody & tannic mid-palate with some bourbon flavor & warmth that never gets out of control for the style. Despite it’s presence, it still doesn’t feel or taste like 9.5% ABV. Brett-y musk, lacto tartness, & a dominant fruit skin finish. Dry, dry, dry as can be. Lovely sour ale!
superspak (3140) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 2/28/2013, best before 2/2015. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, leather, musty funk, toast, light bourbon, light vanilla, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, toast, light bourbon, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, leather, oak, clove, musty funk, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, slightly slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding wild ale. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.