Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of American oak vanilla and blackberry fruit with sourness. Funky nose. Palate grows and continues the nose, layers of baby diapers and fresh wet hay subside into an inviting and amazingly intriguing ale. Vanilla oak and Brett. skip hand in hand. Awesome, perfumey finish, the sinuses are engulfed. Finishes as one would expect, tart and dry with lingering stink notes. With time this should figure itself out, points given for future enjoyment.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Deliriumfestís Graduation tasting in Maplewood, MN and shared by Deliriumfest. Pours a hazy caramel amber colored brew with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma of horse blanket, tart berries, some vanilla/oak and a touch of yeast. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of tart berries, Brett, a hint of biscuit and yeast. Finish is slightly tart, a hint of alcohol and some lingering flowery hops.
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bitter citrus, resin, pine - very hoppy. Brett, blanket, funk, grass -A bit of fruit. Biscuit and cookie malts, oak in the finish. This beer was all over the place in terms of flavor, which made it a very interesting and tasty brew indeed.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of MrChopin. Pours reddish mahogany with a lasting off white head. Smells of sweet malt, some vinegar hints, oak, dry. Tastes bitter and peppery with a taste of tartness and some light sourness on the finish. Boozy and astringent on the finish.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy orange amber with a lacy off-white ring of foam. A bit oaky. Lightly sour in the aroma, taste and finish.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three-finger thick, frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a plum red color that shows a red, gold tinged at the edges color when held up to the light. The aroma is interesting in its mix of oak and hop character up front and once you throw in the funky, "wild" character things really start to get interesting; though I wouldnít quite call this cacophonous. Big notes of oak-vanillin mix with herbal hop notes, phenolics that smell of curing plastic, spicy oak, musty-earthy mushroom aromas, some crayon-like notes, tart citrus and toasty malt character all make for a complex, if not quite well-integrated beer. The buttery oak ends up being the most dominant note here in the aroma, at least before I have had my first sip of this beer.
My first sip has me noticing herbal hop notes up front and a substantial biting hop bitterness in the finish that mixes with a spicy oak and hot, higher alcohol are the first thing I notice. There is quite a bit of carbonation here that provides a fizzy texture to this light-medium bodied brew; much of the body is derived from the oak / tannin influence. This really finishes with a peppery, hot note in the finish that is a combination of oak and alcohol. The hop notes seem to be quite vegetal in the finish at times. Buttery oak flavors are pretty substantial, but get buried beneath the hop notes, oak spiciness and alcohol most times.
As the beer warms up a bit some fruitiness starts to come out a bit more (tart plum, over-ripe apple, and an orange note). The vegetal note starts to be more noticeable as well and reminds me of a raw, peppery cabbage, some spicy, uncured tobacco notes and perhaps a touch of broccoli. The fruitiness, though more focused on the plum notes derived from the "bugs", is accentuated as the beer warms up as well; and once I start looking for it, the citrus hop notes become a little more noticeable. The aroma really starts to get hot and alcoholic as it warms, which really drowns out the previously noted complexity. Letting this beer sit too long in the glass has it losing too much carbonation, the scrubbing, effervescent bubbles are needed to tame some of the heat in this beer.
This is really a bit of a cacophonous mess, but only just a bit; it is still enjoyable even if it is a bit too hot in the finish. The aged, but still substantial hop character and the sometimes funky and oak barrel notes donít entirely mix too well. I really like the creative leanings of this brewery, but they seem to not really be able to create consistently good wild beers, much less the phenomenal level that Russian River seems to pretty consistently hit.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy amber color with an off-white head. Tart and vinous aroma with hoppy floral notes as well. Tart flavor with a vanilla and woody taste. Bitter woody and hop finish. Warming. Long bitter finish. medium bodied.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a copper orange body with an off white head. Citrus, grapefruit, Cabernet vinous notes, lightly woody and a funky grapefruit finish. Nice beer!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of Brett, yeast, tart fruit, light wood, hops, slight funk, oak, slight Cabernet, light acitic acid, and slight blueberry. Poured dark orange/brown in color with a small tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium tart. Tastes of Brett, Tart fruit, Tart cherries, cocoa, wood, slight Cabernet, oak, slight vanilla, light acetic acid, light yeast, and slight caramel. Medium body. Tingly, then dry, oaky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Tart, Brett, oak, and light fruit dominate the dry finish.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours brown color with off white head. Aroma was a combination of in your face hops and strong funk. Medium mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor follows the nose and has a punch you in the mouth tartness that comes from the harsh hops and very tart funk. I can also detect some wood and oak character. These layers of flavor seem to be run together and with each smell of the brew and taste you get detect each layer together. Finishes dry and tart. The best Bullfrog brew Iíve tried so far.