Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by hophead84. Pours a kind of murky swamp water brown/orange with a quickly diminishing off white head. Tart nose that was kind of hard to put my finger on, tart peaches, hop bitterness and Belgian funk is the best way I can describe it. Flavor was also tart tree fruits, hops and farmhouse. Finishes kind of sweet and salty.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky orange/brown with a large pillow of head
Yeast produces lots of esters, little bit of brett stink,
Tastes of red wine, oak, woody hops, flavors clash a bit. Then a nice finish of dry brett. But then has a residual salty taste.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 750ml bottle. Careful pour yields a murky brown colored body with a fine-bubbled light brown head. Good frothiness and texture to the head provided by natural carbonation, and lasting rolling waves of soft carbonation fold over on themselves as the glass is swirled. First impression of the nose is blueberries and dry, tannic wood. Some peppery yeast notes, some saltiness, some pitch, some acetic acid perhaps... but blueberries, I kept coming back to that smell. Oak character is intensely tart, tannic and rough, but thoroughly clean, without any char at all. Light acidity throughout but intense tartness and dryness from the wood melds with a semi-sweet fruit/berry flavor and a musty, overtly gritty flavor of Amarillo hops - zesty and dry grapefruit rind is heavy. Wonderful depth and incredibly exciting on the palate. One of the better Bullfrog barrel-aged bottle-conditioned offerings.
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased from the brewpub by Jason, enjoyed with him and his wife. Thanks man! Pours a vibrant golden red with a fizzy head. BIG aroma of oak, cabernet, and brett. Delicious nose. Big, intense flavors - first a burst of pine-like hops, surrounded by fruit from the Cabernet barrels, and a big sour, oaky dry finish. This reminds me a bit of the Old Treehugger in the combo of hops and wine barrel that is just so interesting. This might be my favorite beer from Bullfrog yet.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Pours beautiful shimmering fiery tangerine with a moderate white head, decent lacing. Nose is unbelievably complex, containing strawberry, lemon, hop bitterness and grass, lambic notes, earthy herbs, mint. It comes together nicely, though slightly odd and watery. The flavor makes this a tale of two beers: harsh, rather alcohol, and very acidic. Some strawberry emerges with warmth to taper the astringent acidic note. Highly carbonated, which unfortunately builds on the overly acidic flavor and pushes this towards an acrid fizz bomb for the mouth. Short finish. The trick here is to buy and smell, and smell, and smell, then taste, and then smell some more. Itís still a terrifically unique blend, I just find the flavor a little harsh for my tastes.
I had this when first released and then again about three weeks later, and the flavor is already seriously improved (far more fruit with serious contribution from the ipa and wine barrel, and some marvelous mint, far less caustic and alcoholic). If such is not bottle-to-bottle fluctuation, this will be an excellent sour in months.
soto (5) - USA - MAY 3, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at the brewery pured amber with an average head, Sour and fruity.berry like taste. Drinks easy and is refreshing..ahree with prior post re sediment
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 750ml bottle enjoyed at the brewery. Nose of dusty red wine, brett, strawberries, and other red fruits. Really funky and amazing. I think itís the most elegant, striking aroma Iíve found in a beer. Pour is amber red with a medium head, not very long-lasting. Sharply tart in the mouth at first, but with a bittering, hoppy impression. Very unusual interplay. I find it bright and exciting. Really huge and flavorful, and wonderfully sour. This was freakiní awesome. Defies boundaries.
***EDIT: Anyone ready to crack a bottle of this should let the yeast settle for at least a few days before doing so. Bullfrog bottles have a lot of sediment and the sediment in this one seems really slow to settle.
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL Bottle at the Brewery. A very strong herbal note that runs somewhere between mediocre pot, olive leaves, and celery stalks. Herbal. Pours a hazed amber-red, with a really tall, well-holding off-white head. The first taste is rough. I immediately donít like this and have a hard time warming up to it. A cacophony of indecipherable harsh acid notes crash with a really, really heavy dry oak bitterness thatís displeasing. Thereís a lot of alcohol burning the nose. The flavor runs with some acetic acid, light sherry, lots of dusty celery-like spices, and some good citric acid fruits. Overall, this is not particularly drinkable to me. Itís really harsh and biting, rough and raw, young. Unbalanced. Thereís a lot of character here, but the old hops have died and are now showing as dust and celery seeds. The alcohol is brazen. The oak is overwhelmingly bitter and dry and the sour character is confusing. Not desirable in my book.