durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks much to Eugene. Tastes and smells like young wood to me... not the dusty, oaky, barrel wood, but more like freshly cut wood. More wood than sour cherry notes, but those are there as well in a tannic way. Quite malty and the alcohol is well hidden.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of golubj. Poured a rich amber-auburn color with a medium, but quick diminishing head. Aroma was nice, with sour, funky notes, cherries, fruit, earth, and oak. Was not extremely sour, or maybe I am just getting more used to the style. Alot of cherry in the flavor with hints of wood and cocoa. Hints of barnyard funk and yeast, with generic fruit tones. Actually really nice and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Can’t believe I rated it higher than Jon.
Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great example of the style. Thanks, WeeHeavySD, for this. It’s been on the radar for a while and I figured I’d never try it. I have. It’s delicious. Tart, musky and exactly what I expected it to be.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of trades with both mashmaster and bitbucket. As an aside before I begin my rating, I have to say that I really like the label graphics for this beer, very cool. Thankfully, the wax on this bottle is soft and easy to cut through. The beer itself pours a deep golden amber with a thin off-white head. The aroma is pleasantly sour with just enough funk to give that barnyard smell but not be so strong as to mask the other attributes. A generous amount of sour cherry in the nose as well. The flavor is equally nice with old leather, barnyard funk, sour cherry and oak. The tannins in the finish remind me more of a cabernet than of beer. Sour ales are a style that I probably have the most difficulty with, as I really don’t enjoy (and I guess appreciate) the uber sour beers, but this one I thought was just excellent. My wife, who doesn’t like sours at all, also thought this was very good.
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to durhambeer for sharing. Pours a translucent copper red with a creamy light tan head. The nose is spicy, woody, cherry skin and flesh, mild alcohol, sweet, caramel malt, fruity, fig. Flavor is spicy and woody, crisp hoppy bitterness, tannic feel, mild tartness, cherry skins. Crisp bitterness with a balancing tannic character round out the mouthfeel. Don’t feel 9%. Very tasty bruin.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared graciously by darkguardian on 12/30/08. Pours ruby with a wispy cream head. Nose is funky, wood, acidity, quite tart and sour with a little acetic character, soft vanilla from the barrel. Softer acidity in the mouth than the nose would suggest, tart, the wood really comes through. Tannic, puckering drying, medium to low carbonation makes it smoother. Not prickly. Very good at this point.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dark Guardian, I think. Somewhat light smell of sour apples, tart cherries and a dusty apartment. Tart cherries move into the flavor with some vinegar. Not overly sour tasting and much lighter than the aroma would suggest. Good, but I think would be better with even more sourness.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Nice looking amber beer. Nose is tart berries and wine. Flavor is sour as all get out, but there is a nice sweetness that balances the infected flavors well. Not a fan of sour beers, but this is pretty good.
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, shared by Axilla. Pours a hazy amber body with a wispy beige head. The nose is fairly funky with some cider vinegar and a bit of brett. The flavor had a nice level of funk to it as well, not the most aggressive Sour, but it seemed pretty well balanced, some oak, tart fruit, it had a very vinous quality to it. I could use a bit more brett flavor, maybe that will come with time? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation and a slightly puckering acidity. Pretty decent, but not something that I loved.
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing sour courtesy Mr Stitch- Thanks man! Aroma was perfect- full and strong. Tart vinegar with sour fruit. Pour was also perfect. Medium brown with an amber hue and a nice pillowy 3 finger tan head. Taste was vinegar, sour raspberry and funk with woody undertones. Strong carbonation and very addictive. Near perfect in every way