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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 340   ABV: 11.32%
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Manhattan NW, a NW style sour ale that was, until recently, a secret. Itís 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 isnít a secret? At 11.32% ABV, youíre going to need a designated driver

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2013
750 ml bottle courtesy of OregonHopMonster. Thanks again, dude! The trade that I think Iíve finally covered.. But keeps giving in the cellar. Pours a well hazed copper orange hue, some richer berry reddish hues glow well. A gentle to medium haze in the body. Small frothy tannish red head atop dies to a loose ring, laces small. Carbonation driven, a bigger layer dies down quickly. Aromas offer lots of Bing cherries, tart and tannic, some vinegar presence, red wine and oak with firm bigger lactic twang and sourness. Lemon, yogurt, vinegar, and firm sour cherries, some raspberry touches. Red wine and tannic, a bit thinner and harsher than some recent Cascade offerings. The nose grows on me though, almost a light spiciness or cinnamon feel on the nose at times as it settles. Initial is a bit different, thinner and warmer in the body, a bit fuzzy. Firm lactic presence meets cherryskin, fruit, gentle raspberry. Subtle red wine, bigger lactic acidity with yogurt, lemon, sour cherries. A touch of acidity and a bit sweet and sticky up front. Middle is cherries, vanilla, yogurt, and oak. Decent to medium sourness. A touch underdone in the end. Some bready and sticky malts hang on just a touch. That bigger ABV obviously took a firmer, larger maltbill to produce. Backend is more tart, dry, lactic. Firm to good sourness, a bit tannic and woody back there. Some gentle warmth, fuzziness. This beer does lack complexity and finesse. Some of the other Cascade beers are just quite impressive.. But this one doesnít really take off for me. Some red grape, sweet and tart. Some dry tannic qualities, ABV warmth, and decent lactic twang as we finish up. Itís not harsh, itís never really acedic, but it is messy.. And itís not really complex. It doesnít flow. Itís too big ABV wise and that seems to take away focus from the sourness and lactic elements, oak synergy that shine. Ok overall. Definitely not my favorite Cascade beer and probably not a re-do like other cherry beers they do (Sang Noir especially!). Itís solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2509) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle generously shared by Seth. Reddish brown pour with a white head. Cherry and barrel aromas. Delicious cherry, stone fruits, and assorted berries blend seamlessly with rich caramel malts, vanilla, and oak notes. Complex with a superb mouthfeel. The ABV is totally hidden. Another stunner from the Cascade crew......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Chunky copper in color with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, malt, bourbon and oak. Malty and caramelly flavor with some sourness before a sweet cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11975) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a pinkish yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, apricot, and oak. Flavor of cherries, vanilla, bourbon, florals, and lacto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Fiery orange, very vibrant, moderate sudsy off-white frothy head, spotty lacing.   Soft alcohol on the nose.   Otherwise cherry and some slight berry notes.   Seems very bright.   Has a slight sour tinge, like a Sour Red/Brown.   Not as sour on the tongue, moreso a tartness.   Slightly dry, fruity, cherries.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Tart finish, unripened fruit/cherries, lingering dryness.   Really good stuff, but $30 good?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Big complex beer. Dark pink pour with a white head. Aroma is tart, cherries, sweet bourbon, very slightly medicinal. Flavor is similar. Cherries dominate. High alcohol, but not boozy. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2013
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark brown with a scant white head that goes away right away. Enormous oaky nose, almost balsa wood, sweet and tasty. Cherries and apricots dancing. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Oak and fruit and tart pucker on the mid palate. Balanced and layered and effortlessly harmonious...everything that separates a beer and marks it as truly great, itís all happening here. This is magic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy pink with minimal head. Aromas are strong with big funky berries, tart pie cherries, peppery, fruity, mild alcohol, light barrel. Flavors are tart and cleanly acidic, pie cherry, medium acidity. A bit zesty in the finish. Low tannin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RumRunner101 (824) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
I guess Iím the odd man out with this one. I felt like it didnít work out all that well. It had a nice cherry tartness with interesting complexity, but the bourbon barrels added a smoky sweetness that made it a little weird. Still super cool to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Huge thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Andre always has the hookup on the Cascade sours. Hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of bourbon whiskey notes with some nice cherry, apricot and vanilla notes. The flavor is equally impressive. There is a ton of maple and bourbon in the flavor up front, which is complimented by some juicy, tart cherries, apricots, vanilla and oak. There is some light tartness in the flavor, which comes out more about 30 minutes after the beer was opened. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink. Great beer overall.

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