madvike (2531) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ - Pours rosy amber with next to no head. Smells like a Sweet Tart, with a decent amount of citrus. Not terribly pungent, however. Taste is lots of citrus--mostly lemon, and a bit of balsamic vinegar. The biting carbonation distracts a bit, but if this makes it to bottles Iíll definitely pick some up.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GTMW 10. Sour with the dominant lactic that all but three of the american sours I tried at the festival presented. Definite cherry amid the sourness but sadly the bourbon was still too strong for me to truly enjoy it.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft on tap at the Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI). Pours a murky yet firm browning copper, well hazed, a small frothy offwhite head that dies to an ok film, laces better than expected. Aromas through a nice sour berry mix, cherries and raspberries mix with light funky brett, light lactic acid, a touch of metal, biscuity and toffee malts. Decent sourness, tart cherry skins mix with biscuity and toffee malts in the body, still intact cereal grains blend with vanilla, oak, bretty funk and a touch of vinegar. A firmer yet fresher cherry sour brown. The sourness grows, moderate at least and tart on the back of the palate. Firm sourness, lactic acid, cherries. Iím happy that biscuits and malts do really stick through in the finish, just a flash. Lighter end of medium bodied, sour punch, something with staying power. Very nice surprise by the guys at Central Waters. Finish with sour cherries, touch of biscuits, acidic bite moving out into smoothed out malts, light brett, sticking acidity. Pretty nice
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap pre-GTMW
This may not smell like much but Central Waters Exodus packs a mean sour punch. Like a very tart Flemish brown ale it takes a few seconds for the full intensity to unfold. While a great beer I am not sure I could finish even 12 ounces alone unless it was over the span of an hour or so at home. Nonetheless I hope more word gets out about a hidden gem from Wisconsinís forays into sour beers.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep maroon the body looked like a glass of cranberry juice. Lacking almost any head at all due to the generous sample and shaker shaped glass I instead admired the sticky lacing that was a key visual aspect. Baking powder or flour is the main aroma here along with the scrapings from a can of cherry pie extract. It has almost no presence at all.
Flavor / Palate - The first sip was a total stunner. Instead of blandness this had an immediate tart kick. Woody sourness and cherries mixed in a way that was almost like Enigma taken to a higher level. Vinegar is strong in the finish as the acetic acid assaulted the palate. Eventually it began to settle down some what. I was too full to enjoy a full pint but if this becomes a regular release I may have to get my hands on a couple of bottles.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, murky red brown with no foam, slight sour cherry aroma, flavor of leathery cherry sweetarts, dusty books, medium sour finish
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Draft at brickhouse... Pours a dark cinammn brown with a thn wispy light watery head... Muted aroma with an earthy just barely tartness, some sour brown flavor comes into play ... Nice acidic oak and vinegar profile with light sour cherries. Way better than expected from a flavor perspective than the nose.