TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade with OregonHopMonster. The trade that keeps giving. Pours a deep brownish rusty reddish dark hue. Good haziness, copper glow on the bottom and edges. Frothy tannish head atop is firmly sized, dies to a ringer that laces ok. Aromas show distinct black cherry, cherry pits and skin. A bit of dark fruit, oak, and gentle red wine. Big black cherry, some lactic twang starts to grow as it warms. Sour lemony elements, yogurt, oak. A bit of biscuity and darker malt, plum and a bit of raisin. Black cherry bomb. Wet oak, touches of Bourbon and vanilla, gentle bit of spirit. Pretty intriguing. Initial is medium bodied, firm sour cherry element, lactic acidity, lemon and pitty fruit, dark fruit, some whiskey and vanilla oak elements work into the fold. Well blended, firm sourness keeps pushing into the middle, a bit of whiskey and oak take some lead. A bit of biscuit and reddish carmelized malt toastiness. Seedy cherries and cherryskin, lactic acidity, no real vinegar or balsamic presence though. The Bourbon elements sound like they’d be offensive or overwhelming but on this particular sour they really do work. Firmly lactic, zingy and black cherry. Not hot or ABV offensive. The Bourbon element truly is interesting, well integrated, and works really well to my surprise. Quite a unique beer here and one of the best darker Bourbon influenced sours I’ve ever had. The cherries really flow, are potent, the barrel integrates well without being obnoxious. Well done.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Terrific sour, maybe the best of the Cascades I’ve had. Murky brownish pour with reddish tints, and a nice spritzy carbonation. Very fine aroma, with tart cherries, deep oaky complexity, balsamic, and some understated candy sweetness too. Mouthfeel is lively, with a moderately acetic feel on the palate, but neither element is overdone. Flavors are if anything even more complex than the nose, with the barrel slightly more prominent in ways that coax more dark fruit character and sweetness. Tartness and brightness are still there, and everything integrates very well. Very fine sour.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by pmoney. Served in a FFF teku.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to at thin ring that leaves some soapy lace behind.
S: Tart cherries with some light hints of bourbon. Sharp vinegar aspect to it with a oak barrel as well. Medium sweetness from malts run across the nose.
T: Cherry pie filling with tart cherry skins. Lactic sourness with some zingy vinegar notes. Sweet barrel finish with a combination of oak, vanilla and light bourbon.
M: Medium to light bodied, alcohol is well hidden with a zingy finish.
O: Sort of like a black cherry warhead in a sense with a less intense sour pucker. Zingy and tart with some sweetness from the barrel. Nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Mora2000 for this delicious feast. 2011 Bottle, consumed in spring of 2013. Reddish brown pour. Aroma had cherries, wine, barrels, funk, tons of sourness and tartness. Flavor was enamel peeling sourness, tartness that would require some tums, cherries, cinnamon. Incredibly dry and thirst quenching, lively mouthfeel. Excellent, excellent beer!!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark red-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.
S - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, caramel malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some other dark fruits.
T - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramel malts, Brett and other sour and funky yeasts, lactic acid, other dark fruits, brown sugar, a hint of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour and warming finish.
D - Really nice sour beer. Great balance of sourness and barrel character.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from mora2000 at BTBF tasting, rust colored pour with no head, very sour but not offputting , flavors of sour cherries, white grape juice, some lactic qualities, funky basement wine barrel finish
thome50 (891) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown to almost black with khaki head. Aroma is funky beyond belief. Slight leather. Taste is grape skin, husk and funky socks. No real sweetness.
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade. Pours a brownish-reddish color with a small white head. Aroma is of tart funk, lots of tart and sweet cherries, oak barrel and light vinegar. Taste is complex, sweet cherries, tart cherries, light lactic acid, funk, sourness, some oaky wood, and not much of a sign of the alcohol. Very complex sour, very well done.
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Shared at the pre-BTBF tasting with some great out of town Ratebeerians who used to call the DFW Crew home.
Dark purple-brown color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of dark fruit and sour cherry notes, as well as tartness and light funk. The flavor is more of the same. I love the sour cherries and funk character as well as some toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Amazing. Super pumped I got to try this one.
AdamJackson (2105) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Cloudy. Looks like prune juice
Loads of fig and old muscat grapes
Holy hell. This is sour! Not even hiding the intensity. Very red grape heavy. Lots of tannins.