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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 340   ABV: 11.32%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
’11 bottle from John - thanks! Murky copper pour with a large froth of white foam. Bourbon, tart cherry, and sour in the aroma. Taste is semi-harsh bourbon with a thick, sugary maraschino cherry flavor into the middle before finishing into moderate sour and tart. Clean, lightly coating mouthfeel. The interaction between the bourbon and the cherries is bit harsh in some spots of the aroma but the cherry flavor is really well done. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Project 2011 Pours a browned orange, almost light sepia. A few bubbles and some etch9ing of the surface. Brilliant clarity. Smells of alcohol, nougat, cherries, sour. Flavor is sour, with cherry, slightly sweet, some apricot, some maraschino. Medium bodied with a coating character and a moderately hi, but transient carb. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Sean, my buddy in TN sent me a bottle and then I went to Portland and bought 2 more! Enjoyed at 45F split 2-ways with the GF in stemmed glasses.

A - Head is fizzy and effervescent and fades quickly. it’s a murky / cloudy beer wit a few seeds and pieces floating around at the bottom. Blood red is probably too severe. More of a pink cherry color.

S - obviously, lots of cherry on the nose. There’s a sweetness that reminds me of a candied apple. I get lots of bourbon on the nose..very obviously there.

T - A very sweet beer, total candied cherries taste. Bourbon finish. Vanilla, coconut and oak obviously. Then there’s the floral hibiscus sweetness and honeysuckle sort of things going on. It’s insanely complex and very much a sweet and less boozy version of a classic manhattan.

M - Big, bubbly and bright

O - Not my favorite cascade beer but an A for complexity!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to homer123. Subtle tartness and fruitiness in the nose. Well balanced and not overpowering sourness. Cranberry in the flavor with some sweetness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (960) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a clear dark red color. Funky aroma, tart, sweettart, cherry, berry. Tart, sour, acidic, cherry, cranberry, flavor. Dry finish. Very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2715) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Aroma: Tart Cherry, Apricots, Mild Bourbon, Mild Oak Appearance: Hazy Reddish/Pink Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing Taste: Pie Cherry, Apricots, Mild Bourbon, Mildly Lactic, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart, Mildly Acidic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14337) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle split at the Kernel, huge thanks to Paul my favourite person from BrackBristol, 09/11/13. Murky orange amber with a moderate light beige covering, carbonation evident as bubbles dance atop the glass. Nose is smoke cherry dipped straw, light medicinals/TCP, dank straw, earthy, light dry rot notes, tarte fruit skins, barnyard, light booze waft but not 11%+ ! Taste comprises burnt straw, light smoke, tarte cherry skins, cherry sherbet, earthy. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, light oaky cherry dankness and a lick of booze as the garage door pulls shut. Very decent sour, the 11% is epxertly integrated, you’d think you were on a 7 or 8% offering. Top stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle shared at The Kernel, London - many thanks to Paul U. Pours hazy grapefruit pink with a foamy, white head. The nose has dry and funky berries, some cherries. Light to medium sweet flavor, mildly acetic, some cherry pit bitterness, light sour burn, tangy berries. Medium bodied with average, spritzy carbonation. Dry and tangy to finish with more vibrant cherries now. Juicy, lightly jammy. Really good. I found it more drinkable than some of Cascade’s other beastly sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle care of Paul Unwin. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (10041) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle thanks to Paul Unwin. It pours hazy reddish-amber with a small beige head. The nose is sweet-sour, balsamic, bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, cherry skin, damp wood and leaf. The taste is sour, tangy, cherry, moderate acidity, mouth-puckering tartness, sherbet, red grape skin, parma violets, alcohol kick and residual sweetness with a tart finish. Medium body, prickly carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Strong, but rather tasty. Another good sour from Cascade.

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