mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2010 Vintage. When the bottle is first opened, you are immediately hit with this sharp pungency of fresh cherries. This aroma rapidly turns into a bit of a cherry cough syrup type scent, and then once poured the lacto begins to take over with hints of unripe cherries. There is a slight hint of vanilla in there (which I’m guessing is from the oak) as well as a nice forest quality, like fresh grass or the inside of a forest on a sunny day.
The taste is quite surprising, especially when compared to the 2008 vintage. It’s sour, but only slightly and it’s sourness is masked by quite a bit of residual sweetness. There is a lot of dark cherry flavored, with some chocolate coming through as well. A bit of harshness comes from the wood and it is still quite boozy. I think that over time this will turn into something beautiful, but for now it is complex but a bit disoriented feeling. It finishes very much like cough syrup and burns for quite some time.
asceticbrewer (65) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle, poured into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, with an orange coloring on the edges. Has an thick orange brown head. Aroma is sweet red wine, cherries, sour, and funk. Taste is tart, brett funkiness, cherries, wine.
JHeath99 (1300) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a super thin ring of head. Aroma of wood and tartness. Taste of wood, booze, and some tart.
sonnycheeba (4087) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shard by jheath99. Pours reddish-brown with thin head. Aroma is oak, tart cherries, light vanilla, faint rum, red grapes, and faint leather. Flavor is dark, vinous fruit, leather, barrel character, soft sweetness, and soft acidity. Medium/full body.
6ROW (422) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to red pour with a a fleeing white head. Big oak aroma, sweet taste not heavy on the cherry taste. heavy carbonation . This would be a good one to start someone on sours. Not an every day beer but I may have to put one up for aging
Lagerboy (1466) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, 2012 Reserve, Best After: 8/20/13.
Unclear red brown, tan foam fades fast. Aroma of tart fruity funk and wine barrel. Taste is lightly sweet n’ sour fruity funk, richer maltiness, woody and vinous. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. Nicely balanced, well worth the wait. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
maxwelldeux (4079) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy darker amber color with a smallish off-white head on there. I get wine and nose up front in the aroma, then the cherries start to come through later. Taste is fairly sour and definitely smacks of cherry. Long aftertaste that makes you pucker for a while.
MunBro (651) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Delicious. 2014 edition, drinking well before the "Best after" date but I did purchase a second bottle to age. Fizzy red pour - almost no head (dinging an appearance point for that) and 0 lacing which was a bit disappointing. Aroma of sour grapes, cherries, and wine. Quite a complex flavour, largely fermented cherries and white wine, but also has some yeasty funkiness and oak tones. Very worth checking out, and definitely worth aging. Current rating: 3.5 (as of March 2, 2015). We’ll see what it goes up to with a good cellaring!
popway (75) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didn’t give a yawn for Abyss, but this is quality cherry.
Surprisingly carbonated and light opposed to my expectations
of a darker beer. I like Supplication and this has the cherry depth and wine
barrel aging that is complimentary and not cheap. A pale ruby appearance
a cool ass crow design logo on the bottle.
You would think light fizz AKA wine cooler ,
But, lo, behold a quality full bodied well blended cheery-esqe beer.
What a nice find!
cobaink2 (149) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Very fruity esters and emons and tart overtones. The tastes are outstanding with a hint of barrel aging . Just all in the right place. Not overly puckering like some sours can be. Really stands up to age.
reebtogi (4558) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2014 Reserve - 10.7%ABV) 650ml waxed top bottle pours a clear red color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quite quickly and leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is cherries and wine grapes with some hints of yeast and funk. Taste is a cherry tartness with a malty sweetness and some earthy notes. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation leaving a tickle on the tongue. A tasty brew for the style and quite enjoyable.