slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is intensely, overwhelmingly sour. Highly carbonated reddish brown with a beautiful swirly head, thick with a good sourness, more subdued than in the aroma. Sharp carbonation. Slightly dull flavors and a weird pungency.
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of light roast, cocoa, vanilla, brett, bacterias, and wood. Taste of light cocoa and roast up front, with wild yeast, and a sour finish.
sebletitje (6230) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th í11. Courtesy of Ryan.
Encore une biŤre de cascade qui laisse bouche-bťe de par sa complexitť.
Brune, col est fin beige.
Une fine aigreur et vinaigre se dťgage du nez et en bouche, note de vin de Porto avec du raisin, chÍne. Pour 12% elle reste bien lťgŤre en bouche, le bourbon y est prťsent avec des notes de tonneau de chÍne.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Murky brownish, off white film. Aroma has some sweet bourbon, light acetone and overripe cherry charcter, which I guess, are dates? Lightly acidic up front in flavor, decent cherry, light bourbon, light chocolate, sounds strange, but works well together. Body is oily smooth, little more carbonation would help quite a bit.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour fruits, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and a touch of roast. It pours a dark brown that is more of a orangish-brown with some transparency when held to the light and has a small beige head that fades to a moderate ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and lightly sweet fruit. It quickly turns sour in the finish and mixes with some vanilla, bourbon, and just a touch of roast. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Medium bodied with lively carbonation that does come across a tad prickly at times, but mellows with some time in the glass. I havenít been a fan of sour stouts or porters in the past, but this is very tasty.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Wow, I donít know where to start. In my notes, I have a ton of stuff written down and then itís all scratched out and just says "Everything about this is good." Fantastic nose of balanced tart fruit, loads of oak and funky cobbwebb notes along with a mild bourbon and light roast note. Fantastic balanced flavor and complex finish. I have more of these in the cellar and they will be shared generously.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from da, shared by wes. Dark brown pour with chestnut brown head. Aroma is vinegar, funk, and some spice. Taste is some nice sourness with some oak and a touch of bourbon and some nutiness. Lots going on in this brew. Amazing.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. thanks to kan. pours dark brown with off white head. nose of raisin, vanilla, nail polish, and vinegar. flavors of sweet dates, vinegar, hints of bourbon.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip. Unfortunately a got a taste of this beer before I was ready. I had a about a 1/4 of the bottle gush out upon removing the cork. Into my mouth and down my throat went the beer in a fast and furious manner. Anyway, thanks to Khazadum on BA for this.
4.0 A: Opaque black color. Any of the the yeast that was in there got mixed in when it gushed. Two fingers of creamy tan head (once the carbonation came in control) with good retention and a good amount of lacing.
3.5 S: The wine comes through stronger than the bourbon. Usually Iím not a fan of the wine barrel aging, but this is good so far in the nose. Date aroma is there, but Iím not picking up much of the vanilla. Lactic acid is there in moderate amounts and acetic acid in smaller amounts. Woody with a mild tannic astringency. A bit of the toastiness of the underlying porter comes through.
4.0 T: The taste is both interesting and palate pleasing. Again the wine dominates the bourbon, but the bourbon comes through stronger the more the bottle is emptied. Itís actually quite vinous for what it is. There isnít a lot of sourness in the taste, but there is some lactic and acetic acid with emphasis on the lactic. Again oak with a slight tannic flavor. Dates come through very strong with grape, plum, and prune fruitiness.
3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but okay I guess. Good creaminess with a touch of astringency on finish.
4.0 D: Not too shabby for what seems like an unholy mix of grape and grain. I never expected a bourbon and wine barrel aged beer to surface, but it seem now that it can be done with a fair amount of success. This is a welcome departure from the more typical wilds and bourbon barrel beers and is something Iíd like to see more of in the future.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As others have reported, this is a bit of a gusher, even when served (fairly) coldly.
Opened on 10.31.2010.
Pours a dark lava, ashen brown, and the mocha head settles into a third finger of lace-giving froth.
Curious, inviting nose. Thereís brown sugar and caramel sweetness, but itís overtaken by the wine barrel, dark fruit character, and some unidentifiable spiciness. Quite vinous; some lactic character as well.
Lactic acidity sits on the tip of the tongue. The base is sweet porter with a good bit of dark prunus fruit character (plum), but some spiciness comes in mid-palate. The oak is smooth and not overpowering, and I also get some vanilla as this warms. Grape-like, vinous finish. I still donít get much bourbon out of it, but the wine barrels lend themselves nicely here.
Medium-bodied, and surprisingly full and carbonated in the mouth. Itís unsurprisingly warming, though not hot.
Aside from being a great beer, this one would be a nice transition beer for the heavy porter/RIS guy who avoids sour, as the lactic notes cut through, but donít overwhelm, the base beers.
If I had a more interesting word to say interesting, I would use it; unusual and winning