tectactoe (3125) - 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 (4229) - 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.
GRM (3581) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 750 ml, batch 305-1, best before 02-2015, from Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: light bourbon, light woody, light wild yeasts; mouth: light bourbon, light woody, light wild yeasts, light sourness, light acidity, sour finale with presence of bourbon, medium body, below-average carbonation, slick texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, lot 305-1, meilleure avant 02-2015, de Stephen Morris, savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : bronze, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : léger bourbon, léger boisé, léger levures sauvages; bouche : léger bourbon, léger boisé, léger levures sauvages, légère aigreur, légère acidité, finale aigre avec présence de bourbon, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Large beige head atop murky copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cherry, some lemon, funk, light plum, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some lemon, plum, light wood. It’s pretty sour, but the sweetness masks it until you take a step back and scrape your tongue. Medium body, some stickiness, light acidity.
Gimmethefunk (16) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky amber/brown like most beers of this style, perhaps a bit murkier than most. Highly carbonated with a nice light brown head. Aromas of funk, berries, and tart cherries with slight hints of oak. Taste is about the same with a nice acidity that coats the palette and leaves one wanting more and more. Almost no taste of bourbon barrels. I would pick this up again and again if it were readily available.
Clownoisseur (405) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head. Aromas of tart berry, barnyard funk, oak and a slight sweetness. Taste is very complex, with sour notes of tart berry upfront, coupled with an above average body of malts. Nice balance of flavor as the oak slips in, giving it some spice character. The bourbon is almost an after thought. The alcohol is so well-hidden this could sneak up in you at 9.5%. A dry finish allows some leather flavors to resonate along with a final touch a tart berry. Very crisp and well done.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with nice head. Aroma is light fruity funk. Taste is slight sweet sour with a semi sweet finish
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown offwhite head. Aroma is funky and tart, cherry, hay, and a small hint of bourbon barrel. Taste of cherry, light vinegar, barrel, vanilla, caramel. Nice and sour
Alphadelic (2065) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Grapey, sour and plenty of redcurrant. Smooth and incredibly fruity. The bourbon barrel is mellow and comes through in that slick and woody fashion. Oh damn. This is well put together. Light.
Boutip (5581) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of tart notes with some hints of oak with some Brett notes. Taste is a complex mix of tart notes with some Brett notes comprised of barnyard and wet leather notes with some wood noticeable as well. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex drink but also able to retain a good drinkability level.