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.
SlovakSniper (4132) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille partagée avec madame ma femme. Vintage 2014. Merci Tony pour cette superbe bière! Une robe rougeâtre et une feuille de mousse. Des parfums riches de cerises dans leur sirop, de cuir, de fleurs brettées, de vinaigre fruité, de sucre brun, de biscuit Graham, d’agrumes. Le goût est tout aussi agréable avec ses fruits aigres complexes (cerises, mandarines, raisins, pommes), son acidité contrôlée, son alcool chargé par des sucres bruns, son chêne vanillé et bien d’autres choses qui altèrent mon jugement, ma perception, mes souvenirs, ma connaissance et mon ignorance. En bouche, voilà une texture liquoreuse qui ne montre que très peu de bulles. En finale, les cerises et d’autres fruits sont bercés par le fût et les sucres sont flattés par les bibittes. Très bon.
sebastokrator (1) - - NOV 22, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking the 2008 vintage. Light bodied, smells of cherries. The aging mellowed the tartness leaving a lot earthy, wine-like complexity. It has an excellent finish and is completely worthy of the praise it receives.
stevoj (3106) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share, 2010 vintage. This one ages well, and I have high hopes for the 2014 bottle in my cellar. Smooth, and oily, the aging lends the character more Belgian ale notes and mutes the sourness, Dubbel and Belgian strong Ale come to mind. Pit fruit, mild sweetness with a bit of pucker.
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle thanks BuckeyeBoy a gentle pour keeps the light tan head at bay Lovely reddish Amber with a little haze Rich tart pitted fruit aroma Mild malty flavors tame sourness and smooth slightly papery trailer. A little ABV heat at the end
furthur (540) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 Bottle, deep Amber, bubbly, cream colored head faded quickly. Aroma rich malt, lime, kombucha, vanilla, pears, hint of caramel and anise. Taste is honey, black pepper, lime, pineapple...this is awesome!!! Palate is smooth and rich, carbonation moderate.
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear orange, brownish colour. Aroma is sweet and sour, cherry, apricot jellly. Slightly funky, but muted. Not to bad, alcohol well hidden.
mR_fr0g (6489) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the tropical Croydon tasting at Paul’s. 01/07/2015. Semi clear golden orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is complex, musty, tart apple, dirty nappy, acid and some varnish. Flavour is composed of sweet and sour, apricot, caramel, musty. Palate is medium bodied, highish carbonation. Interesting beer.
fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark orange to dark copper pour with a thin, creamy, off white head that has great retention. Aroma is tart stone and vinous notes, caramel, light to no toast oak, a hint of sweet vanillalight caramel and some nutty notes. Flavor is sweet caramel, bread and stone fruit up front, some dusty citrus, tart and sweet vinous notes, light earthy/bretty funk, some acetic tartness, a hint of berry and slightly metallic minerality. Medium body, chewy, but dry and acidic feel, and a light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. Really damn tasty overall, nice balance between malt, tart, fruit, funk and yeast.
katrinaez (776) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opened too soon. Husband didn’t see "best after date" listed. We opened 2 months earlier than we should have. Cherries are obvious. The funk is too much, hoping that would be lessened if we opened it at the correct time. Sour and some odd ipa hops. The barrels can be tasted lightly and the yeast is somewhat thick.
Wish it was opened on time. Have a 2014 bottle.
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Scopesters on melt day, thanks to ??, 01/07/15. 2012 vintage.
Hazed orange amber topped with a decent beige swirl.
Nose is tarte red berry, fruit rinds, prunes, spice, wood must, toffee.
Taste comprises dark fruit sourdom, wooded tones, spice, tarte berry, fruit balsam.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, rising acidic bite in the close.
Xolid Xour red/brown.