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RATINGS: 92   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. 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7790) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a hazy orange amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has bourbon, cherries, and tart fruits. Flavour brings out pungent cherries, followed by bourbon barrels, almost a hint of rum, and medium tartness. Very complex. The bourbon wonderfully accentuates the cherries. ABV isnít noticeable at all. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - 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 (835) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5879) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6393) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3006) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle shared by jlruthven...thanks Josh! - Pours rosy amber with a thin white head. Nose is dark sweet cherries and a bit of booziness. Taste is more cherries, deep and rich, with a bit of whiskey sweetness and a finish that tastes like bitters. Thin and fluffy in the mouth. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4121) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle corked and caged, aromas of funk, bourbon, light cherries, and some earth. Flavors are the same with light sourness in the aftertaste, thirst quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12039) - 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.

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