Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this toward the end of a long day at RBSG, so my notes are messy and my palate was likely wrecked. Orange with ginger and a hint of nail polish. Very acetic and chest burning. Very harsh without much balance.
Frank (2927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is one of numerous sours made by numerous breweries that seems to have some sort of endlessly complicated aging and blending process that leads to something that is not ultimately very special tasting in the long run. It is brown red in color with a little ring of head. It has a quality that I just generally dislike which is that it is both very sour and rather sweet which combined w/ woody notes from the barrel aging process always reminds me quite a lot of drinking barbecue sauce. I really just can’t get into this one.
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster from a bottle at RBSG hotel room. Hazy dark red color. Thin off-white ring of head. Smooth, kind of soft crisp, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Bigger sour taste. Light sweet, light spicy wood tannin. Dark fruit, cherry. Light wine character. Nice stuff.
kbudd19 (644) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Dark ruby red pour, sour aroma, oak, tart cherries, and leather. Taste, sour ketchup, leather, funk, dry finish. Solid sour.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of OHLRangers
Bottle (2009): The aroma consists of cherries, lemon, faint apple, and faint cola. It pours a dark orangish-brown with some transparency when held to the light. It has a minimal beige head that quickly fades to a few stray bubbles. The flavor starts with a quick dose of cherries with a hint of cola. The finish has moderate-heavy sour lemon and sweet tarts. Overall, super sour without any acetone, so I’m loving this.
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours maroon. Smell is cherry tart fruit some balanced sweetness smooth. Taste is sour cherry very light vinegar, cranberries. Like visne juice carbonated and a bit more acidic. Very nice.crisp very tasty!
bytemesis (3303) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with thanks to CallMeMickey. Pours a murky purplish hazel with a small kinda fizzy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a ring that laces pretty well. Aroma is very vinous, oaky, tart cherries, red wine. Flavor is quite tart, mouth puckering and during. Tons of oak and vinous qualities here - Pinot is really coming through, grapey, just a touch of musty funk going on. Finish is lingering tart, lemony, vinous. There might be some oaky astringency, but it is honestly hard to tell with all the sourness. This is good, but you had better like sour before you crack this baby
zizzybalubba (1448) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle purchased at Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Portland, OR (9.345% ABV according to the bottle). Muddy reddish-brown pour with a thin frothy off-white head. Aroma of tart cherries, red wine, and apple cider vinegar. Beautiful sour taste of lemon, pinot noir, and dark fruit rounded with oak and hints of dark chocolate. The sour lingers on the palate long after the initial taste. Even at 5 years this is a stunning beer. (Replaces an earlier review from GABF 2009).
burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a darker amber color with aromas of vinous grapes, light wine, some wet wood, and funk. Flavors were a mixture of the aromas, not overly powering wine notes, decent funk and sourness.
MacBoost (1319) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 project. Original bottling, I presume? Pours a seep red amber with a small head that faded quickly. Aromas of tart red grapes, oak, funk. Flavors of very sour grapes, mossy oak, deep black cherry, white pepper. Dirty and funky but very mature. Well developed. Deep port-like character. Subdued carbonation yet still lively on the tongue. Finishes very dry and mouth puckering. Tasted this side by side with a 2013 consecration and this beer wins, but only barely.