hopscotch (8525) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (dregs)Ö RBWG 2013Ö Murky caramel-colored ale with a fat-bubbled, white head. The aroma offers vanilla, cherries, bread dough and a pleasant acidic nuance. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is tart and loaded with bread dough. Surprisingly, this is not at all fruity. Finishes tangy, bready, then somewhat raspy and dry. Much better than expected.
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle that Max suckered me into trying during RBWG GT. Poured a muddy dirty brown with a frothy light beige very spotty head. Aroma starts of like ketchup and mustard combined then some sweet honey and alcohol. Thinner body that actually seems thinner the more you sip it. Flavor isnít much better than the aroma but a little ketchup mustard than aroma and a little more fruit. Blah this is bad.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at RBWG 2014. Hazy reddish amber color. Aroma of dusty citrus. Taste is sweet and sour something. Whew.
Drake (7925) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #102. Bottle courtesy of the Nielsens at the Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy red color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of cherry, citrus, earth, caramel, raisin. Lightly tart and a little dirty. The taste is tart citrus, raisin, caramel, spice, mild tartness. Medium bodied.
italarican (1425) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle "generously" shared at the RBWG winter tasting. Hazy copper pour. Nose is slightly medicinal of cherry cough syrup. Mild toffee and slight cherry sourness. Slight tomato pie in the finish. Not the monstrosity I was anticipating. In fact, Iím disappointed in its mediocrity.
jcnielsen (1705) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
RBWG Winter Gathering, Asheville, courtesy of jcnielsen. Pours an amber brown color with white head. Olives, stewed tomatoes, gross veggie flavors. Garbage.
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cherry, tobacco, cookie and biscuit malt, earthy hops and dirt. Flavor is dirty cherries, sweet malt, light hops and bitterness, and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Hazed amber with a tan head. Oxidized brown malt / grain / bran muffin with cherry flavoring, some kind of cherry cough syrup quality minus the alcohol. Pretty simple and plain nose but fusels / hot alcohol seems to develop after it breathes. High acidity, low sugar / high dryness. Medium body, relatively low bitterness. Fluffy natural carbonation. Cherry juice, oak, oxidized brown malt (wet cardboard). Not altogether that bad, just simple, but certainly suffering from age. I donít get anything like brett or lacto so I would be surprised if this were inoculated, I would guess the name comes from tart cherries and maybe from oak, not bacteria or brettanomyces. Moving this to Fruit Beer from Sour/Wild Ale.
cbfobes (2149) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First CIB rate, poured from a 750 that didnít hiss or anything when cracked but when poured the head was insane, more carbonation than I expected for sure, pours a murky brown with a light brown head and some thin lacing in the glass, aroma is actually not horrible, some cherry with oak and vanilla, not bad just nothing really offensive here, flavor isnít all horrible, some cherry on the front end with a little bit of funk in the finish, the mouthfeel is pretty thin, still, not as horrible as I was initially thinking it would be. Is it an extract beer thatís waxed dipped and $15 a bottle, yup, is it worth it? no, but hey to each itís own.
crossovert (6339) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lighter body, a decent donse of cherries, not ultra funk sour or tart. Jsut okay.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Tony/Jim BA Birthday Extravaganza 2013 (Western Springs, IL). Pours a well hazed murky brownish red hue, copper and darker body show a gentle reddish cherry glow on the edges. Still dark, a frothy tannish head atop stays very bubbly, sticks around well. Aromas are firmer oak presence, gentle bready and biscuity malts. Touches of tart cherry, mellow funk and gentle odd yeastiness at times. A bit more viable than the other bottle we opened. Initial is lighter end of the fold, perhaps a touch underbodied with some decent jabs of tartness, lactic notes hit with cherries and lemons, some citric acidity. Middle is a bit bready, oaky with some touches of carmelized and biscuity malts. Still, it doesnít hold up, quickly into a more tart and sour backend, gentle funk and spice at times. The tartness here grows a bit, offering a much more enjoyable experience than the previous beer. Some gentle bready malts, funk step in, a bit odd and off at times (kinda symbolizing that you still need to recognize itís still CIB). But overall, itís drinkable. Nose is a bit more on but still has issues, beer itself is ok.