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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 340   ABV: 11.32%
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Manhattan NW, a NW style sour ale that was, until recently, a secret. It’s a blend of Blond Quad aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels on 150 pounds of sour pie cherries for five months before additionally aging on apricot noyaux for three months. Aromas of cherries, Bourbon, sweet candy and hints of spice are noticed up front. Tart cherry skins and Maraschino cherries on the palate lead to a dance of rich cherry notes that are followed by slight Bourbon sweetness. Much like the process to make fission, the steps involved here are greater than the sum of their parts. What isn’t a secret? At 11.32% ABV, you’re going to need a designated driver


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (865) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2016
Poured from the tap (2014). Orangey brown with small white head. Good sour notes with apricot and cherry under notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2016
750ml bottle pours a bright purple with some cloudy, white head. Nose has cherry, some orange, some jam, mild berry. Flavor is tart with cherries, a very heavy orange bitters thing, berry flavored soda too, mild vinegar. Finishes a bit hot with acid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluffy (2223) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Holy god, I had a 2013 of this and it was amazing. Not sure if only year or not, but seek this out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8746) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle at the Rate Beer Awards Festival Bottle Share. Acidic cherry nose, yogurt, grapefruit. Pale pink, cloudy, with lace. Well tart flavor, super cherry, a bit of nutty stone, yogurt, vanilla. Great fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4526) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Backlog: On tap at the Barrel House on 3/16/15. mahogany in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of cherry, toast, pie crust, tart, and vanilla. Taste is of cherry, acidic, tart, vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (21657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle @ Grand Tasting RBSCSG 2015. Pours a hazy pale amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart woody cherry aroma. Fruity sour tart weak bourbon, cherry acidic flavor. Has a fruity sour tart woody acidic cherry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5081) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours a murky yellow with a white head. Nose is cherry, wood, bourbon, vinegar, sour notes, and more cherries. Flavor is similar with lots of cherries, some funk, some lacto, and some bourbon and wood. Medium to full in body and big for a sour, but outstanding overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (1913) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, sample @ RBScSG ’15. Hazy orangish pour with tiny lacings. Nose is tart, light acidic with some cherries. Taste has apricots, cherries and vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle at Blipp’s going away tasting. Pours a hazed copper amber with a thin white head. Wood, bourbon, cherry on the nose, a touch of acid. Medium bodied, tart and tangy, a bit of long acid. Slow warm acid and a hint of bourbon and wood. Slow acid and cherries, warming acid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8615) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Mark and shared with the Shape crew. 2013 Anno. Trouble léger brun-acajou, col fin beige. Arôme met bien en avant le profil cerise laissant une fine effluve aigrelette, le tout est agrémenté d’un léger boisé et rétro funk. Palais met de suite en avant les quasi 12% de cette bière. Le tout reste cependant agréable avec un accompagnement fruité de la cerise qui offre un profil aigrelet modéré. Je ne trouve pas trop l’influence du pépin d’abricot voire son utilité. La base maltée est bien présente et le profil Bourbon offre une certaine douceur vanillée mais qui est un peu en retrait par rapport au côté aigre, ce qui est probablement le but recherché. Bonne bière, mais bonne au point de payer presque 30$ la bouteille, je ne pense pas.


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