GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great beer by Capt Lawrence. I have never had a beer quite like this. The smoke is a player rather than dominating the whole brew. Strong astringent acidity and dark fruit/winey flavors. Delicious.
Gription79 (2007) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, batch #4, thanks to Cletus.
A: dominate funk, roasted/slight smoke,cherry/stone fruits, hints of mint
T: tart up front, light smoke finish
A very interesting beer. I have heard of the significant inconsistencies in bottles and had that proven tonight. We got a good bottle.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL thanks to ryan. Small gusher. The pour is deep, blackish with an overcarbonated, massive brown head. Nose is more muddy than the Apple Brandy version. Less tight with olive brine, chemicals, plastic, licorice, and pepper in the nose. Weird Brett off-characters perhaps and mild acetone. Very strange. Volatile notes move aside for flowers and lavender and muted red wine. Even gets more complex sort of akin to Oerbier Reserva with red wine barrel with lemon, funk, and spice. Less red wine profile than the Apple Brandy version though. Taste is roasty, caramel, brine, some chalk, nutmeg and spice. Toasty. Very strange little beer.
wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in mid-August 2011 from a capped 750mL bottle obtained in a trade, Batch 4. This massive gusher pours a nearly black dark brown with a massive, rocky tan head that slowly recedes to rocky lace, leaving thick lace along the inside of the glass. The nose is features some cinnamon and clove spices, indicative of the oak, with molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of smoke, and a bit of sour apple aroma underlying. The flavor is a bit more sour apple and cherry with all of the dark chocolate and roasted notes, with the oak and the smoke finishing everything off. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long, sour, spiced oak, and smokey finish.
deyholla (5406) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by someone at freetail release. Pours black with a lasting coffee brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is an interesting combination of roasted malt, smoke and dry wine. Flavor is dominated by smoke with some roasted malt and a bit of a dry finish.
JoePeesie (850) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is an add on label on the bottle warning that the contents are under pressure. This is no joke, the cork shot halfway across the room. this is a very heady brew that pours with a fizzy whit head that lingers and as it fades leaves a heavy lacing. Smoky as and tart notes in the nose and taste. A very unique brew that was enjoyed by all at the party.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at 5k tasting - sour and smokey, some brine. roasted chocolate malts, smooth with some subtle carbonation. Grapey fruit, earthy weediness, oak and fruit in the finish.
DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample. Dark brown pour, plenty of carbonation and an aroma of malt and a tiny amount of smoke. Flavor is light effervescent sour wood, some smoke and finished light. Very good, but didn’t get much wine out of this bottle.
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy brownish black with off white head, aroma has notes of medicinal grape sour, with some slight dark fruit, smoke, touch of roast. Taste is very grape forward with notes of medicine, alcohol, touch of smoke and roast with a dry, vinous finish. Very interesting. Once was enough, but it was tasty.
Koelschtrinker (9543) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Herb-säuerlicher Antrunk, in dem das rauchige Malz eine untergeordnete Rolle spielt. Auch später bleibt die Säuerlichkeit im Vordergrund, zum Ende gar etwas brennend. Dennoch überzeugt die säuerlich-malzige Mischung, die zum Ende zulegt. Ausgewogen, aromatisch, weich. Röstiger Abgang, nun ist die Säuerlichkeit eher nebensächlich. 9/11/11/10/13/11