pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle filled for competition. 2010 world beer cup. Somehow wasn’t able to sample this at fobab and decided to prop this open with a local... Pours a deeper scotch ale darker mahogany, just slightly transparent in nature and topped with a frothy barely light off-head... Aroma of lightly smoked, touch of bandaid, with a moderate degree of smoked cherry malt. Sour but not acidic but notes of an earthy wild character to go alongside the fruit characteristics. Wow the smoke character hasn’t at all subsided after all this time... Base flavor profile result in smoked cherriness which takes precedence. Semi-sweet but still contains a decent sourness all around. Lighter bodied almost to the point of medium. I wouldn’t say the smoke is distractig bu warmng up definitely helps in that regard. Enjoyed. Glad I have a few more.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice brownish pour, a touch of copper glow on the edges, with a loose bubbled head. Aromas are sour cherries, red wine, oak, and vinegar. Touches of toast dance into the fold. More cherry, red wine, light vinegar. Initial is medium bodied offering that telltale feel. Sour cherries, red wine, vinegar and lactic acid dance with just a touch of toast. Oak and lactic presence takes over as more sour cherry comes to pass. Middle keeps on with a touch of acidity. Finish leaves a lingering red wine and cherry feel, some oak, and good sourness into the finish. Very nice. Truly representative of the style.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft... a solid oud bruin but shocked at it placing at fobab... dark brown, nice shiny color... its a fine oud bruin, plain, boring, a bit of a chalk finish, no vinegar wish it was more tart or had a cherry sweetness or any fruit really
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a deep amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, rhubarb, and balsamic. Flavor of caramel, balsamic, light earthiness, and cherry with a moderately dry finish.
arminjewell (8135) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap poured hazy brownish with off white head, aroma had notes of acetic vinegar, some nutty notes, touch of lactic acid, some nice fruit skins, earthy and spicy notes. Taste is nice and tart but not overwhelming, with notes of some vinegar and lactic acid going into some slight funk, red fruit and skins, earth and some slight nutty notes, finishing fairly dry.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2010: (sorry. my notes sort of suck for this one) Murky brown with almost no head. The beer smells of cherries, sour lacto and funky brett with an earthy and meaty grains. The taste is twangy and fruity up front, yeasty and slightly peaty/smoked, lots of minerals. Nice brew.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Re-rate. Biggish bitterness overall with a clean fermentation profile. Low acetic. Bready and somewhat sweet. Nice but a touch high on bitterness.
Draft at FoBAB 8. This was pretty classic, actually. Pours a deep brown with fizzy head. Nose is sweet and sour, vinegar with a nice lactic balance as well. Some cherry comes through. on taste, fairly dry with a pleasing bitterness to balance the cherry and fruity notes. Vinegar is kept in check as well. Very well balance Bruin.
deyholla (7638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a hazy reddish brown with a bubbly light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a strong tart cherry note with a sweet cherry and bread backing. Flavor began with slightly sweet cherries, but they quickly became sour, even slightly acetate.
hombrepalo (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. Poued a hazy dark rusty color with a small, bubbly white cap that quickly fades into a tiny collar. Smell is of cherries, vanilla, rhubarb, cream, and fruity hard candies. Taste is just like the aromas with a wonderful small acidic finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, with a crazy puckering sourness to it. Ultra sour but a bit unbalanced.