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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

wedgie9's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2011 Project
Tasted on 10/13/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at the Cascade Barrel House. Pours clear amber/orange with a thick beige head that recedes fairly quickly to no lace whatsoever. The nose is dominated by cherry and oak with some baking spice and a bit of almondy marzipan. The flavor is very sour with the cherries and citrus balanced by some oak, malt, and marzipan sweetness, and an interesting quad-like back end. The body is fairly full with sticky tannin, average, fizzy carbonation, and a very long cherry, oak, lightly spiced finish with the higher alcohol starting to show through a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle @ Grand Tasting RBSCSG 2015. Pours a hazy pale amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart woody cherry aroma. Fruity sour tart weak bourbon, cherry acidic flavor. Has a fruity sour tart woody acidic cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours a murky yellow with a white head. Nose is cherry, wood, bourbon, vinegar, sour notes, and more cherries. Flavor is similar with lots of cherries, some funk, some lacto, and some bourbon and wood. Medium to full in body and big for a sour, but outstanding overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (1562) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, sample @ RBScSG ’15. Hazy orangish pour with tiny lacings. Nose is tart, light acidic with some cherries. Taste has apricots, cherries and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle at Blipp’s going away tasting. Pours a hazed copper amber with a thin white head. Wood, bourbon, cherry on the nose, a touch of acid. Medium bodied, tart and tangy, a bit of long acid. Slow warm acid and a hint of bourbon and wood. Slow acid and cherries, warming acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Mark and shared with the Shape crew. 2013 Anno. Trouble léger brun-acajou, col fin beige. Arôme met bien en avant le profil cerise laissant une fine effluve aigrelette, le tout est agrémenté d’un léger boisé et rétro funk. Palais met de suite en avant les quasi 12% de cette bière. Le tout reste cependant agréable avec un accompagnement fruité de la cerise qui offre un profil aigrelet modéré. Je ne trouve pas trop l’influence du pépin d’abricot voire son utilité. La base maltée est bien présente et le profil Bourbon offre une certaine douceur vanillée mais qui est un peu en retrait par rapport au côté aigre, ce qui est probablement le but recherché. Bonne bière, mais bonne au point de payer presque 30$ la bouteille, je ne pense pas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5416) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle at Grand Tasting, RBSCSG 2015 cons 2015-07-11 Göteborg AR: tart, kriek, youghurt, cherry seeds AP: cloudy bronz, wee oragne white head F: lemon flesh, grapefruit, sweet goosberries, fizzy, tart, oaky

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ramboraffe (1467) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
Sample at RBScSG. Hazy golden with no head. Sour with berries, green apples, stables, spicy and oaky vanilla. Dry with alcohol nicely hidden, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6243) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Sampled at RBScSG-15 Hazy/murky golden. No head. Sweet, vinous and spicy aroma; barnyard. Really tart and acidic flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (7254) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
bought in portland, about $50 .. . shared with my midweek crew .. . abv is quite apparent .. light ruby .. cherry juice and mild tart cherry liquor .. utterly disappointing- for what went into this and then to pay what i paid, bizarre. didn’t enjoy this, and even taking the price out of it, subpar .. . . it’s a problem for you, it’s a problem for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber reddish with an off white head. Tart and fruity base, with cherry-like fruity notes, some bourbon, wood, and a nice tart and fruity acidic finish. Pretty dope.

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