Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rusted brick colored brew with a well lasting white head. Really poor nose. Main complaint is the poor concentration and vibrancy and the aromatic elements that are present are mostly unpleasant, brash and unauthentic. Notes of sweet cherries, vanilla and oak are present in the nose, but mostly covered by the unpleasant aromas. Flavor is initially sweet in the front and mid-palate and then fades into a sour harshness towards the finish. Really poorly balanced and brash. Unauthentic and very hard to drink. Some serious problems with this beer: Sterile filtered and force carbonated, aging a portion in wood for only 3 months (not long enough and age the whole beer.) But the bottom line is the flavor and aroma suck. Blah.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tart little beer on tap at Deschutes and also experieinced from the 22 ounce bottle--Poured a deep almost burgundy hue. At about 30 IBU was well balanced and flavorful! Surprised that the to-go waxed dipped and artfully labeled 22-oz’er was cheaper than the beer on tap. Finished tart but not super puckering. My experience has also been that the bottled dissident is browner in body that the one on tap. Not bad.
Hophead22 (2742) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at City Beer. Real nice loking beer, dark red with a nice white head. Nice flavor, not over the top on the sourness, hid the alcohol very well. Good stuff
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. Strong brett bruxelensis (howevery you spell it) phenolics. Red amber color. Lots of bite on the tongue. Kind of dirty tasting, which is cool.
HopheadHans (803) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Caveat emptor: rumor has it that the bottle is more sour and that may well be. On tap it pours with a copper to brown color and a smaller head. It has great flavors of fruit and funk. The flavors are very balanced, there is tartness, perhaps more of a banana and caramel backbone and some more citrus in the foreground. Very smooth almost creamy palate. People who really like sours maybe a bit diappinted but I prefer these kinds of beers over an extreme one such as La Folie
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/20/2008 tasting at toncatchers house, with whetheral, weeheavy, fordest, alohac, and Jason. Thanks for all the great beers and good times. A little dissapointed, will this get more sour? I liked the tart fruit flavors but it just wasn’t sour enough. Still very good.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via Fordest at Toncatcher’s Tasting in Santee. Pours copper with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and tart and light. Taste is mellow and sour and tart its a little light on the sour, but overall a good beer, no firewood if you ask me.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, thanks to Hophead84. Pours hazy red brown with a thin white head, no lace. Smells of funky barnyard, with wood, cherry and some malt. Tastes cherry malty and funky, nice malt flavors and sweetness. Mildly sour with lots of acidity. Full body, good carbonation.
GreatLibations (1831) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours amber with a solid head that reduces abruptly leaving minimal lace. Aromas of sharp and sour spices. Medium nectar with superb carbonation almost reaching the creamy sensation I long for. As I ponder my notes I conclude that this beer is supreme. This may be the perfect beer, for me. Amazing balance is achieved to include all components. Mildly sour, dry, defined stonefruit, under ripened wild apple, leather, dusty granite. It’s wild and gamy yet friendly on the palate. The finish lingers with no change of flavor. TRUMP! I am pulling this beer from the shelf and hording it for myself =) You snooze you lose. Where’s the alcohol ? Totally non detectable.
badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Skyview for hooking us up with this one! Copper color with no head. Lightly soured malt aroma, rounded off by some oak and vanilla. Much the same in the taste. Oak is a bit stronger. Quite a bit of sour cherries come out. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Really, really good.