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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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This live barrel of NW style sour red ale was initially aged for six months in French oak wine barrels, then additionally aged on elderberries. Sharp wine, dark raisins, red grapes and cereal notes greet you on the nose. Tart dark fruit and grapes on the palate lead to a sparkling crisp dry finish with hints of fresh elderberries and grape skins.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6837) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
750 ml bottle via trade. Pours a deep but mostly clear brownish-mahogany with an amber hue and finger of off-white head that leaves plenty of lace streaking all the way down. The aroma is earthier than expected, with plenty of oak, vinous notes, berries, raisins, caramel, chocolate, dark malts, and a splash of balsamic. The flavor brings the same fruits - berries, grapes, raisins - with dark and sweet malts, earth, oak, and balsamic. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and an earthy, funky, sour mouthfeel. Another good sour from these guys.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Dark purple pour. Aroma of berries and grapes. Acidic feel. Bitter sweet grape skin, berries, moderate level of sourness. Would be quite good on its own, about average for these guys."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of sour berry, vinegar, dark berry fruits, oak and caramel. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Dark purple pour with tan head. Nice tart elderberry aromas. Pretty tart fruit, elderberry and other berry tones.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle... Pours murky and brown with no head. The aroma is a purée of caramel, fruity acidity, blueberries (maybe elderberries - I wouldn’t know. Who kicks back and eats a bowlful of elderberries?), oak and a pinch of cocoa. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The flavor is sour, fruity, and malty with lightly-bitter, woody tannins and subtle funkiness. Lengthy, sour finish. Bottle provided by landhoney!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is elderberry, red wine, sour plum. Full bodied, big sour fruitiness on the palate with a nice fruity sour finish. Taste is elderberry, sour plum, malt vinegar, sour candy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9946) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle shared at Jack the Sipper tasting, big thanks to Bucey D for the OR hook up, 12/05/14. Dark mahogany brown with moderate light beige spotting. Nose is tangy soured berry fruit, floral rinse, peach, light toffee, candied orange peel. Taste comprises bitter orange marmalade, perfumed notes, dank tropical fruits, floral tones, elderberry twang, sharp gooseberries. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid sour work.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle - 2011 project - dark brown/lavender poor with a modest fine bubbled off white head into this glass. Retention is modest here - the nose is modest ascetic, florals, moving to dark fruit and berry notes, caramel and cola barrel presence here. The flavor profile is Initial tart berry, earthy oak moving to light vinegar. This one has some fade on it near the center, finishing with caramel and mineral water. It starts off nice but doesn’t quite make it to the finish line

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
12th May 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Hazy dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and crispy. A Belgian red sort of sourness. Touch of elderberry. Dry finish with a tangy sour linger.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Deep brown with a tiny head. Nose is pretty musty, loads of mellow citrus. Tart fruit. Baked blueberry donut. Taste is pretty tart. Lemon citrus and flowers. Very tart, sharp. OK.


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