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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 340   ABV: 11.32%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2819) - 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 (15545) - 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, youíd 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 (17210) - 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 Cascadeís other beastly sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2305) - 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 (11356) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Paul tasting. My first cascade sour cheers Paul! Hazy pink/red pour with a small white head which quickly disappears. Nose has light sugar, touch of vinegar, lemon, moderate funk, toffee biscuit, vanilla and is a little sulfuric. Taste has an absolute bucket load of sugar in it - enough to make your teeth gritty. Big residual sweetness all around while lemon morange, lemon tart, and candy sugar come out to play. Booze is hidden masterfully. Solid but a bit too sweet and sugar forward for a sour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2323) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
November 9, 2013 - bottle shared by Paul. Light reddish pour with limited head. Aroma was bourbon and sour cherries. Taste was consistent and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
75cl bottle at the Kernel, Paul tasting. Thanks to Paul for this one. 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. Very good albeit a tad sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IluvatarMilan (281) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Very nice looking opaque yellow copper beer. Aroma is most excellent: sweet concentrated fruits, some spices, strawberry, caramel. Taste is well-rounded and complex, nice soft bitter hop tones. Aftertaste is remarkably different, some pungent sourness and acidity. Most amazingly though, it doesnít taste in the slightest as if it has 11%+

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pour out of bottle at Sourfest 2013, clear reddish pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of cherry, slight booze, hints of herbal, grass, slight tart fruit, lemon notes, caramel as well, slightly odd. Taste is big sweet cherry, slight toffee, hints of herbal, spice, and lemony notes, finishing sour, slightly sweet. Something in here just didnít work for me.

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