adamjackson (1229) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Long for sending me 2 of the 2012 and to Dak for sending me 1 2010 vintage. Enjoyed a 2012 at 60 degrees F in a snifter on my GF’s Birthday.
A - Produced a hint of fizz and faded fast. Looks completely still, Murky reddish brown.
S - Grape skins, cider vinegar, band-aid and plastic. Tart nose with a hint of cherries but not dominating.
T - Sort of boozy up front, tart fresh cherries. it’s not a ripe cherry taste...very earthy and hard fresh cherries. Hard to explain but I should let this age longer. Tart at the finish and sort of a subdued sweetness. A hint of vinegar.
M - Light body, very slick texture, low carbonation
O - This is a good beer..slightly too boozy and the cherry taste is too ripe.
Gerbeer (857) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a somewhat clear red/brown with light head. Aroma of oak and cherries with sour vinous notes. Nice mellow - not too sour. Flavors of malt, bitter cherries, sweet rose wine, and wine gum. Lots of carbonation, Interesting.
dwyerpg (4067) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was truly fantastic. A nice sour cherry aroma and a good reddish color. The flavor has a great sour tartness to it that isn’t really sweet so it’s easily drinkable. Easily worth the price. Spectacular.
vyvvy (3225) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy reddish with a small off-white head. The aroma has quite a bit of creamy malt, tartness, lush cherries, mild caramel, alcohol and a hint of oak. It has a full body that starts off with tart cherries, sharp sourness, spices, alcohol, and pepper. There is a good amount of sharp carbonation. The finish shows rich malt, caramel, cream, more alcohol, vanilla, some oak and alcohol warmth. Its a nice beer, but the alcohol is a bit much for me with this style.
XmnwildX12 (1478) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sour cherry scent, bit of a nice sweet green apple. Taste is similar, fruit and sour is a perfect blend.
callmemickey (1355) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Dark red-brown body, off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is cherries, vinous red-wine, oak, must, and leather. Flavor is similar with a nice acidic quality that contributes a bit of sourness. Medium to full bodied, moderate acidity, even carbonation, and lingering finish.
raphael (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to read they went to so much trouble to make this. but its still the flavor that counts. The two other guys I split this with, only drank a bout half a glass. The aroma dominated by sour cherry, with a caramel back. the off white head came and went quickly. only a little red blush to the slightly cloudy body. A little thin and flat int he mouth. Flavor is less sour than the aroma, still cherry dominated, with some dark grape and honey. Clean finish.
cblado (221) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a beautiful rosy red/brown color. Some slightly pink head, good lacing. Aroma is sour cherries up front with some great malt undertones as well. Is there a slight leather aroma too? Perhaps. Flavor is very complex, with sour cherry, yeast, and malt up front. As it cooled, I also tasted vanilla and bourbon notes imparted by the oak casking. All in all, this was quite remarkable. Special thanks to Andrew at QFC at the north Broadway location for pulling this out of the back for me. I will definitely continue to do my beer shopping at your store.
michaelinwa (454) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light, cloudy brown color, with a mild sour ale aroma with hints of wine and cherries. Taste is mildly sour with an underlying malt sweetness with low-moderate complexity. Touch of wood notes and wine, but it’s subtle. This is sort of a less sour, less intense, less complex version of Collage to me. Very balanced between sour ale and sweeter malt flavor. Mouthfeel tends toward the thin side. Finishes with a mild lingering sourness, malt, bitterness, and wood notes. Overall this is an interesting and enjoyable sour ale, but it’s subtle nature tends to leave me wanting more of everything. It doesn’t quite nail my sour ale urge, but if it were more available and cheaper I’d pick some up now and then. And that might be the main problem; it’s pricey and limited for what you get. Label says best after a year, and this is worth exploring, although I suspect this will thin out, which is not something it needs.
Alphadelic (1630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle is listed at 11.4% - this is the best beer I’ve had all year. Rich, deep and woody on the nose with the most wonderful sour cherry aroma ever. In the mouth it is thick and smooth with little to none of the alcohol coming through. Plump and juicy and so deep with oak showing itself in beautiful flourishes here and there. Perfectly executed.