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.
mR_fr0g (6064) - 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 (2212) - 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 (693) - 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 (13514) - 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.
The_Osprey (3841) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share in Croydon. Thanks! 2012 reserve. Hazy dark orange / brown, lightly sparkling, small foamy white head. Aroma is bretty lemon, apple skin, musty spice. Body is medium to light, low carbonation, quite foamy. Taste is sour and acidic with tart lemon brett. Some earthiness. Hides the booze really well but, overall, this was just too acidic for me.
dagimp (847) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 220z into an oversized wine glass. No head. Pours a reddish brown. Sweet wine Manishevitz aroma. Mazel Tov! Mouthfeel is sticky. Taste is sweet with lots of wine characteristics. Grapes wood oak cinnamon bourbon brown sugar and dark fruit. Really good beer. Drank this before the best after date. Next year I'll try holding on to it longer so the sweetness dies down and the funkyness rises.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jackl (5916) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle @ Croydonia. Slightly hazy deep reddish pour with a small head. Nose of apple and balsamic. Raspberry slathered brown bread. Pepper. Taste islets tart. Turned apples and raspberry. Cocoa. Some papery oxidisation, but not too bad. Medium body. Active carb. Nice.
Hoprider (204) - DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown slightly murky appearance. Lots of plum juise on the nose, raisins, vinegar, moscovado and sour oak. Typical but light oud bruin on the nose. Taste is initially sweet but still complex with dried fruits and light tartness ending in a burgundy like crispness. Some light berries and tart wood in the aftertaste.
MotherBrother (835) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour almost clear reddish brown, with a small white head.
Aroma of cherry stone, plenty of wood and oak, cherries, slight barnyard funk. If you’d like, even some chocolate cherry cake. Taste has slight tartness, acidity, but also plenty of sweetness to it.
Medium bodied, with a rather flat carbonation. Thanks mr. Dunt for sending me thisn
jsnicholas (411) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2015 Bottle (22oz $18): 2014: brown with off white head that disapreaae pretty quickly. Funky fruity aroma. Taste is similar with some wine like notes. and some cherry. Somewhat tart.