jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ THE fruit sour tasting. Cheers to Bruce! The pour’s hazy red with a tiny head. The nose is red grapes and strawberry jam sweetness. The taste is more red fruits, mildly vinous and tannic. Oak wood and hints of spice cake. Pissy lemon and acetic funkiness. Big body, a bit boozy. Overall, tasty stuff.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
hazy chestnut, wispy cream head, thin ring. Synthetic nose is too sweet, green apple with off playdoh. Spritzy lemon candy, lime at front, mid is clay and paper before acetic rules finish. Thin sticky, oppressive. Yuck.
Jow (2086) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Tiger. I ordered some susan but she was kicked so a panicked and ordered this gem and couldn’t be more pleased. pours reddish brown. nise tart nose of dark fruits. tastes of great sour cherries, earth, black currants, green grapes, berries, oak, and vinegar in the most pleasant of ways. Its sharp and clean. wonderful
brystmar (1236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 2012 bottle. Ruby red pour with darkish brown hues. Bing cherries dominate the nose; bourbon is in the back seat adding complexity. Smell is seriously awesome. Cherries and oak atop the sour base = deliciousness. Unfortunately, the magic I remember from my first few (fresh) bottles has faded somewhat since the summer release, but this is still an excellent American sour.
jredmond (5297) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour at blind tiger with streets and Brendan. Pours a deep hazy red with no head, light lacing. Aroma is sour fruit, sour wood, and nice acidity. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated and tart with notes of slightly mouth-puckering fruits, sour cherry, light white grapes and oak. Very, very nice.
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle thanks to Bruce at THE fruit sour tasting. It pours deep ruby, almost purple with a small off-white head. The nose is jam, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, blackcurrant, red grape and cherry. The taste is fresh dark cherry, blackcurrant yoghurt, jam, lemon, lip-smacking sourness, cherry pip, earth, light vanilla and wood with a tart finish. Medium body, moderate, prickly carbonation and medium-high acidity. Great balance and depth of flavour. Perhaps a touch rougher round the edges and more acidic than Sang Royal but a delicious beer nonetheless.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy of BrainLair. Not a very pleasant beer. Aroma has citrus and tangerine notes but mostly rotten fruit and mold. Flavor is even worse. Extremely sour and acetic. Some tangerine notes. Really unpleasant.
radarsock (895) - Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, passed around on Black Friday, Scottsdale. Pours a prune cordovan with a soapy, off-white head. Very tart with hints of wood, rose pedals, white wine lees, and pilsener malt. Cherries by swallow. Not as "yum" as I thought it’d be, but still rather delicious.
madvike (2695) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Reddish brown with a thin ring of off-white head. Nose is pear and cherry. Sharp oak too, with a bit of tartness. Taste is really citrusy tart, with oak, vanilla, and a bit of sweet caramel malt. Nice medium body with very soft, fluffy carbonation.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Rating #132. Interesting beer, something didn’t seem right. A few of the guys were saying it smelled like nail polish, which it did just a little bit. One thing for sure was that it was extremely sour, very puckering. Ok beer, just wasn’t feeling it. (2562)