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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1811) - USA - FEB 25, 2014
Reddish, orange tan in color... Aroma of bourbon, cherries, apricot... Flavor is amazingly complex, cherry is extremely prevalent, maraschino variety, bourbon, apricots... Really interesting, enjoyable... Had better from them though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4334) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle shared by jlruthven. Very pleasant cherry. Amber-orange body. Interesting pronounced cherry flavors...almost like Maraschino. Non-traditional, really captures some mixed drink flavors surprisingly. Somewhat boozy, but still really enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Thx gramity! Glorious cascade! Massive sour cherry mess, vinegar, found twigs, pineapple, white vinegar, pear, can’t nail the pungent spice but it is all great. Great flavour and zero hint of %, dirty cherry, dirt, funk, light leather, sour greatness!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (940) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle to tulip Apricot, cherry, lemon, and spice. Pinkish amber, and a bubbly white head. Taste is tart cherry, bourbon, and lemon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle - Sour cherries, funky and a bit medicinal. Cloudy orange red with no real head. Light cherry funk, lemon and a bit medicinal. Nice but I like there other stuff a bit better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Hazy murky amber, murky bown, white head. Nose is funky, farmyard, sugary, leather, vanilla, very light bourbon whisky, cherry. Mainly sweet but with some light malt vinegar sour . Taste is funky, sour, white sugar, full rich and sour. Strong white sugar sweetness and then vinegar sour. Soft sweet rich and full flavoured. Very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to Will! Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is cherry skin, oak, and tart. Thin mouthfeel with strong cherry skin and oak with tart finish. Very good.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2013
I obtained this bottle in a trade with a great trader @thebeerprophet. Brought this to a bottle share at Proof. Pours a hazy very dark peach color. Good amount of head on the first pour that dissipated fairly quickly. Second pour got more head than the first. Nice medium white collar. Aroma is very earthy/woody and sweet-tart cherry blend. Taste is amazing. Very similar to the aroma, with some of the caramel/wood coming out. Mouthfeel is viscous for a sour; like chewing an overripe marischino cherry. Nice carbonation despite the low head. Pretty thick body. So glad I traded for this to share with good people.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2296) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to mverity! Pours a hazy golden orange with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma is lactic sourness, earthy musk, sweet cherries, and whiskey. Taste is funky sour awesomeness, wow. Odd but great, bubbly carbonation, lasting sweetness. Amazing, no idea at all it was that high of an abv.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Spicy cherries and citrus pulp meet pediococcus funk along the way before settling into a dry and bubbly splash of acidity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the endearing orange-y red.
-The spiciness is reminiscent of some Christmas-y treatments.
-Pedio is thankfully not sticking for the long run; it adds a touch of funk early on, but quickly dissipates.
-The acidity makes the alcohol a no-show.

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