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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 340   ABV: 11.32%
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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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2029) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Tap at Cascade. Pours bright red with off- white head. Aroma is cherries, burnt hair, smells like a hair salon, sweet. Taste is vanilla, cherries, light bodied, crisp, really awkward, a bunch if flavors that just do not work together, very contrasting. Overall, needs to get fine tuned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (1822) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
On tap at the tasting room, pours nice deep Amber hue. Nose of cherries, oak, bourbon. Taste follows, light sour. Medium body. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1353) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2011 project bottle. Pours a murky Amber with a quickly disappearing head. Active carbonation. Aromas of cherry, oak but no bourbon. Taste is tart and off dry. Prickling carbonation. Flavors of sour cherries, some stone fruit. Very mouth puckering. No alcohol detected. Pretty dry and tart finish. Love this shit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle 75 cl at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Thanks to tkrjukoff! Marked 11.5% ABV. Also marked "Northwest style Sour Ale 2011 Project".
Hazy golden to copper color, small white head. Acidic, vinegar, almond scent. Acidic, green currants, alcohol taste. Light vinegar aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Some light bourbon aftertaste as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2941) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours hazy deep orange with a rather small frothy off-white head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet, sour and slightly fruity with sweet bread, vanilla fudge, buttery charred wood, cherries, almonds, alcohol, lemon juice, yuzu juice, peaches, moist hay and dry soil. Taste is slightly sweet, sour, tiny malty and fruity with sweet bread, vanilla fudge, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, charred wood, toasted coconut, cherries, caramelized almonds, hay, dried apricots and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, tart, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sour, tiny malty and fruity with bread, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, charred wood, caramelized almonds, dried apricots, hay, cherries, bourbon and lemon zest. Heavy bourbon barrel character which adds some interesting complexity...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4100) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle Pours amber with small head. Aroma is honey barrel dour funky as flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Hazy orange/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Sourish vinous aroma, caramel, biscuits, toffee, bread, spicy notes. Fruity vinous flavor, caramel, biscuits, toffee, raisins, tart, citrus, some grapes. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1485) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours a darker orange color with off-white head. Sour cherries, tartness, bourbon, oak, and some dark fruit and spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2822) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2014
On tap @ Avery Sour Fest 2014. Pour is murky orange with a small white head and good lacing. Punchy orange, tang, caramelly, bready, tannic, peach skins, cherry pit, and spice in the aroma. Taste is cherry pie, vanilla, graham crackers, orange peel, light spice, apricots, and wood with a medium sour finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Pretty good drank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1219) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2014
At Avery Sour Fest. Cloudy brown with reddish tinge. Nose of coconut and light oak. Full bodied, with some light pie cherry flavors, but overwhelmed by coconut, I guess from the barrel? Coconut was too much for me to love this one.

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