wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couple years on this one now. Pretty magenta with a persistent pillowy head. Nose of sour cherries, sweet malts. Sour initially, with tart cherry, but sweet malts as well. Light tannins of red wine and wood. Sweetness more prevalent as it warms. Reminds me of Sour in the Rye from a couple nights ago, but not nearly as tart. No acetic belly ache from this guy. Dangerously smooth.
b3shine (5448) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a cloudy amberish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells tart and oaky with notes of stone fruit. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Stone fruit is on the darker side. Good, not great; tastes more like a Belgian Strong Ale than an American Strong Ale IMO.
Bule (756) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy brown color with a bit of head. Sour oaky aroma. Slight sourness with nice raisiny flavors.
joeneugs (3246) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle dated best after 4/30/13. It pours very dark rusty orange color with a small off white head. The aroma is very interesting with raisins, prunes, black cherry, molasses and port wine. Smells vinous and slightly tart/wild. The flavor has great vinous barrel notes with a little vanilla, char, and whiskey. Dark fruity malts with flavors of raisins, dates and prunes provide a nice base. The finish is mildly wild and Bretty and gives an aged port or Madeira impression. My only complaint is that the alcohol impression is very strong bordering on oppressive. Despite this, it’s very interesting and tasty as a great blend and showcase of barrel aging.
Homer321 (1887) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into snifter. A ton of oxidation and sherry in the nose. Lots of Some Belgian hints of fruit and such. minimal white head, hazy dark, reddish pour. Taste is kind of muddy with a HUGE alcohol kick and dried apricots, papaya, and mango. As it opens up, the muddled mess seems a little more focused, but reminds me mostly of the Dissident. slightly tart, but not really, just enough to make you think about it. Some leathery character comes out too. Interesting enough.
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown thanks to Matt. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is rye, candy sugar, and sherry. Medium mouthfeel with sweet caramel, light oak, sweet finish. Very good.
maddmatt639 (243) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No retention and no lacing. Smells of plums, oak, dark fruit and cherries. Tastes of lemon peel, plums, cherries and grapes. Very boozy.
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RABinCO (1295) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13. Thanks RusselCrow (peterhazelton). Pours like apple butter. no head, very slight halo, no lacing. Aroma of wood, leather, fruit, cinnamon, dark fruits. Taste is all of that, plus brown sugar, apples, grapes, spice. Once all of that fades there’s just a ton of booze...which is nice...but not ideal for more than a few sips.
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two of my favorite breweries! Best after date was 4/30/2013 and I drank it on 4/19/2014. Smells amazing, cloudy dark brown with very small light head. Aroma is tart with a little bit of smokey cherry and wine. Taste is sweet and then followed with oak, cherries, wine and maybe some borboun flavor. Lingering taste is very easy. Thanks to my friend back in portland, or for sending me this.
BMMillsy (1368) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Best after 4/30/13 poured on 4/14/14. Thanks! Pours murky brown with a small creamy khaki head on top. Sour apples, caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, red wine, booze. Bourbon caramel cherry green apples here? Quite a flavor here. There is definitely a dark sourness from the Deschutes brews, and yet plenty of Fred and nutty figgy toffee caramel remains. Vanilla and bourbon are mellow and accent the many flavors here. Definitely a dry oak presence to finish and some vinous and sherry notes to boot. Big full sticky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. My taste buds are so confused. What a weird combination of beers, yet enjoyable. Like a sour barrel aged English barleywine, except way better than that sounds.