MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium red pour. 2011 vintage. Minimal head. Smells of cherries, funk, sour fruit, wood. Big, complex flavors of sour cherries, vinegar, slight vanilla, wood, Brett funk, chewing tobacco. Very well done. Great brew!
GothGargoyle (1568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy rust colour with a pale head. Aroma is sour cherry, marzipan, caramel. Tart on the palate, nice balance of sweet and sour. Taste is sour cherry, Black Forest cake, sour plum. Delicious!
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice clear deep brown with a fluffy off white head. Sweet and sour cherry, bourbon barrel funk, green apple and caramel nose with some red wine character to the aroma and taste with a tart green apple finish with a dry acidic lemony punctuation mark. Very bright chewy palate.
arkurzynski (1684) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample shared at Central Waters anniversary party. Murky red-brown pour. Aroma is a funky, tart, acidic merlot mix. Flavor is a complex, tart mix of merlot, sherry, and dark fruit. Some toasted malt hidden amongst the sour flavor. Sour funk through to the end. Almost mouth-watering. A lot going on in this one.
hivemind (723) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at VSK night at Blint Tiger back on 11/28/2013 with James, Streets, some others. Dark brown pour with no head. Nose is booze, leather and vinegar (there’s a first). 10/10 nose. Gread acidic and sour palate. Not overdone. Dark fruit, cherry, strawbery, raspberry. Awesome.
mixmasterob (937) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky amber pour with a small white head. Aroma was full of vinegar and sour cherries. Some caramel and sweet malt. Flavors were tart as can be with a slight cherry sweetness. Dry finish with no notes of booze. Nicely done. Puckering finish. Awesome.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lactic acid, vinegar, tart finish. Sweet sugar, mixed with sour cherries. Tastes like its falling off a bit
madmitch76 (17142) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
23rd November 2012
THE Fruit Sour tasting. Cheers Bruce! Hazy amber beer, residual pale tan head. Crisp dry palate, light and airy. Vinegar and sharp cherry. Finishes dry. Not bad.
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Ray and Chris on New Years Day. Pours a hazy reddish brown with minimal head and lacing. Nose is tart fruit and soggy oak. Quite tart, some cherry and oak.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a touch of a slow gusher, a steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, pale amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazy, bright red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a fruitiness to it that makes me think of not quite ripe grapes, tannic red wine, and a soft, but somehow bright cherry character towards the finish. Lots of toasted notes are brought out by both some wood character as well as by the caramelized malt notes. There is a spiciness to the nose that is brought out by the wood; it is slightly peppery and sort of leans towards green wood somehow. Notes of vanillin are noticeable at times.
Nicely tart up front, and quite a bit lighter bodied than I was expecting. The sourness lingers through to the finish of each sip where it accentuates a touch of cherry flavors. Lots of woodiness is found in the flavor, spicy, oak-laden, tannic, plus lots of Bourbon flavors in the finish; the latter provide a sort of Bourbon melon character, some definite warming character, and a distinct, somewhat diluted Bourbon flavor that is actually noticeable up front, and then again in the finish of each sip. Soft vanilla notes start to come out as the beer warms up, and the oak softens, and gets less astringent. Soft fruit flavors of cherries, tamarind, hints of melon, some light berry notes, and a definite red wine like fruitiness. The body is light for the strength, but does have some medium feel to this.
Quite nice, more complex due to the multi-barrel aging and the Bourbon barrel character is kept low enough that it adds to the complexity without overwhelming the beer.