TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of DuffmanSW. Thanks, Sean! Poured into a narrower fluted tulip. Pours an opaque murky rusty berry color, tinted with deep crimson hues, purple, and a sort of brown. Almost a dark pinot, but hazier, darker, more opaque, with a dirty whitish reddish head that is moderate, dies to a small film and laces a bit. Aromas are sweet blackberries, a touch of lactic sourness, slight vinegar, wet oakiness is smaller, but there. A touch of faint vanilla, a light sour and sweet mix. Initial is lighter bodied, a bit blank up front, moving into tart blackberries, with some subtle sweetness lying beneath. Berries, faint vinegar, vanilla on the backend, wet wood, lactic sourness is light, but heavier in some sips. Berries stick to the palate in the aftertaste, as some light tannins make their way in on the backend. A bit underbodied, and sips seem to vary on intensity of flavors (Not sure if this is a strength of weakness). Overall, I like the idea of the brew, a good mesh of sweetness and sourness, that is quite sessionable. However, the shortcomings on this beer’s complexity are there (A bit underbodied, inconsistent, could use a touch more sourness), but can be overlooked for a quality sessionable sour like this. Very nice. I can see why ratings that did not get a proper pour (And serving size) might be lacking for this beer. Try and get a good 12 oz. to get a full feel, and not just from the top of the bottle.
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a purplish tint. Kaki head. Big blackberry aromas. Tart blackberry notes. Average body and mouthfeel. A bit pedestrian from Cascade.
merc7186 (2366) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Purple Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Cabernet, Mild Blackberry
T: Cabernet, Blackberry
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying
Overall, this beer held up pretty well for its age but definitely not a sour, had nice red wine taste and feel.
alexsdad06 (6399) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours brown with some purple highlights and a medium sized beige head. The aroma was blackberry fruit goodness, lightly tart with some light woody notes. The flavor is much of the same; good blackberry fruit, mild tart, light acidity with a hint of wood. This drinks more like a fruit beer and less like a sour.
callmemickey (3241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Bottle. Purplish-red body, thin tan head. Jammy nose of blackberries, cherries, wood, and light lactic acidity. Flavor is similar with lightly sweet blackberries, cherries and musty wood controlling. Medium bodied, with mellow acidity and fairly gentle acidity. Has likely rounded into form with age.
Damico (2761) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007, pours somewhat murky ruby amber with a small sandy head. Aroma brings soft, warm blackberry jam with a soft sweetness. Flavors of berries, subtle with some yeast and a non-puckering tartness. The carbonation has faded for sure but still there to bring a decent body.
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.
The beer is murky and dark reddish brown in color. The off white head is small and fleeting, leaving but sparse lacing on the snifter.
The aroma brings some old funk, must, ripe fruit, oak, booze.
Blackberry presence is still there, but is undoubtedly lacking the vibrancy it once possessed. Although a bit past its prime, I am still enjoying this one (quite a bit more than my fellow troublemakers, it seems). A nice tannic quality with an acetic finish.
Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Sufficiently tart.
Overall, a positive experience. I hope Cascade brews this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-22-2012
johnnnniee (2643) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2008
Pours a deep reddish purple with a huge off white head that slowly recedes to a cap. I can smell the berry aroma as soon as I pop the cap off the top of the bottle. Sweet light sugars with a hint of tart and funk round out the nose quite nicely. Nice fruity tart flavor with a moderate amount of puckering. Sweet stone fruit flavor with a hint of sweet sugary malt and a touch of funk. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. This tastes a lot better than it smells. I actually really enjoyed this beer while watching zombies on the sci fi channel.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 3/11/2011. 2007 750mL bottle served in a pint glass.
My pour looks like blackberry jelly in the glass, that unique blackberry color with a brown tint and a beige foam head.
The aroma is full of blackberries, with light tart acidic notes, and a little bit of vinegar.
The malt backbone has all but disappeared, leaving a lot of fruit in its place. The blackberries impart a pleasantly sour flavor with some nice dry oak and acidic tannins.
The body is definitely on the lighter side of medium. Fully carbonated, this beer starts off crisp, eventually smoothing out with the oaky finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this; not crazy or overwhelming, but the beer is made to simply let the goodness of the blackberries shine through.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for grabbing this bottle for the Cascade tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.
Pours a somewhat-cloudy and murky amber-ruby color with a short off-white head and not much in the way of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some muted blackberry plus a light bit of lactic sourness. Base malt is present and is reminiscent of a Flanders sour beer.
The flavor is also Flanders-esque and has a good bit of acidity. Slightly chewy with some fruit and oxidation notes in the background. Medium body with low carbonation and a slight chewiness. Altogether not a bad beer, though it has not held up all that well.
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark purple with a bit brown to it, a big light tan head, a bit of purple tint, good retention... it smells like a fresh, blackberry thick and sticky not sweet, a bit tart... the taste is a bit too light, wish there was more flavor there, not very tart but a new fruit sensation... try this