Dogbrick (11323) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: This beer is a cloudy ruddy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a ring around the outside. Stringy lacing. The aroma is sour cherries and apples, plus touches of vanilla. Medium-bodied with flavors of sour fruit, yeast and earthy malt. Interesting spice character in the background too. The finish is fruity with a vinous aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a sour fruit scent. Color is a deep dark reddish brown with good carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is big, bold and sour. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a crisp twang. Finish comes in with a bold sour taste that has cheery and oak tones, then there’s a dry vanilla taste. In the after taste the sour feels almost sweet and yet dusty. This is an interesting sour its complex but yet its delicate and bold all at once.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a clear dark amber color with a soapy, medium sized off white head. Has the appearance of a traditional Brown Ale. Aroma is sweet maltiness, caramel, slight sour cherries. This smells like a Barley Wine with just a touch of cherry tartness and a dash of acetic acid. Some vanilla and wood notes are also noted. Taste is malty, very slightly tart with some cherry fruitiness though it is subtle. I expected this to be much more sour. One positive note I can say is this hides its alcohol extremely well. Other than that it pretty much tastes like a brown ale with some cherry syrup added. I have another bottle of this that I’ll give some more time to age and hopefully this will sour up. As of now this is hugely disappointing.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber poured into a snifter.
Pours a fairly clear copper red with a small creamy white head that lasts as a cap for the duration and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is full of sweet and tart fruits - certainly some cherry and raspberry notes. There is some funkiness, but nothing overpowering. Brown sugar and a bit of wood round out the nose.
The taste starts out with a tart fruit kick and gives way to the sweetness of the fruits and sugar. The finish is slightly dry with a definite wood presence.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation that enhances the complex sweet/tart flavor mix.
This is a very drinkable Flanders and one that is not overpoweringly tart or funky. That makes it a very good beer in my book. I’ll definitely revisit this one over time and see how it ages.
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark reddish brown. Nose was funky with some tartness of cherry. Taste started sour and ended on a sweeter note. Overall a good beer and a great experimental beer.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Bottle from Texas Liquor. Despite their high normally high prices, this bomber was worth the $12.99 I paid for it. Shared with Katie. Took me a while to dig through the liberal use of wax covering just to open the bottle. Pours a beautiful, dark ruby-brown color with a thick and frothy beige head. Perfect appearance here. Lovely nose of red wine, oak and yeast biscuit. Medium sourness flavor with caramel, earth and light chocolates. Finishes up tart with notes of cherries and brett yeast. Nicely carbonated on the palate with a lasting oak wood character. Well-played.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern. Pours a ruby red color with a nice sized beige head. Nose of tart cherries and some farmhouse funk. Flavor was slightly sour up front then got much sweeter towards the finish. I waited a LONG time to try this beer, it didn’t disappoint.
beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to BOLTZ. First of what’s with having two layers of wax? Like one layer is not bad enough, but this pasteurized beer needs TWO LAYERS! Once I was done removing the wax, the beer poured with a small head that quickly faded into a strong halo lacing. Color is dark orange-ish copper, but completely clear. Some carbonation bubbles visible through the beer. Aroma is strong, it comes off as a super high octane Flanders Red made by an American brewer (as advertised, not exactly the best thing, imo). It is not like a BFM strong Sour Red but it’s got some similar characteristics. There is cherry, lightly syrupy sourness, but it also has a lot of alcohol and some leafiness coming off the oak. Taste follows with a little bit more alcohol coming through especially at the end of the flavor. It feels like I took a shot of liquor and I have a bit of an ethanol mistiness on the palate. It’s a little prickly and pear-like as well, some light acidity in there. It’s strong, definitely strong and some of that gets in the way of the Flanders aspects. Oak and alcohol on the back end, different, American, doable but I won’t be able to do the same with many other beers like it. Splitting the bottle with another person it was hard to keep drinking by the end with all the leafy oak and the alcohol.
22oz bottle, Cantillon short stemmed copita glass.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
really great looking, ruby red body with light white frothy head. Big sour cherry bite uofront with a plethora of rustic, earthy notes highlighted by light oak and vanilla. Great drink.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 *** Re-rate*** Bottle... This beer rocks!... Only two months later than my original rating, the same batch has tartened up and dried out. World class brew! ***Original rating*** Bottle…3.8... Clear dark orange ale with ruby highlights and a small, creamy, khaki head. Fruity, vinous, funky aromas of old books, cobwebs, dark cherries, wood, aged cheese and red wine. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Well-balanced. Modest red wine and cherry sweetness layered upon moderate, moldy bitterness and bretty, funky dryness. Finishes up lightly acidic, mildly bitter, and then very dry. Kudos to smokepot23 for shipping this bottle my way!