scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L Bottle (ABV 5.1%) - Dark orangey brown, small creamy white head. Raspberry jam and soft oaky bourbon warm into hints of vanilla bread dough. Yeasty berry flavors and hints of sugar florals are found throughout. Slight vanilla bourbon and oak notes round the fruitiness out well. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light fruity finish. A nice experiment. Thanks for the bottle Jim!
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 1 liter bottle. Thick, muddy burnt orange appearance. Brightly sugary aroma of peach, raspberry, strawberry jams; honey, and some floral hints. Dry, thin raspberry taste; papery, lightly acidic. Hints of vanilla, some grass, withering beneath a sharp burst of pixie dust sugars; some cider-like tartness blankets the mouth in a warming middle. Tangy fruit sugar kicks sharply again at the finish, fading swiftly and softly; medium in texture, but its papery touch makes it seem a bit thin. Strange saltwater and warm blood suggestions lend a bit of bizarre intrigue with sweat and must. It could sour quite nicely with a little time, but its puckering sweetness is too much right now. Thanks for sharing, Scott!
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by scraff. Murky dark amber/light brown with a tiny beige head. The nose is raspberry, caramel, cobwebs and leather. The flavor is lightly sweet with light caramel, tea and a decent amount of fresh raspberry juice. Medium/light body is very soft with a touch of tartness on the finish.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(1L bottle, thanks scraff) Muddy brown body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, mint, butterscotch, raspberry. Taste is medium sweet, raspberry, caramel, light yeast. Smooth light-medium body. I know my description doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but in this case the sum is greater than its parts.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L bottle, courtesy of scraff. Thanks, Scott! I’ve put this in the fruit beer category, since it doesn’t seem like a lambic and it’s more fruity than sour at this point. Open to suggestions or amendments from Jim. Pours a murky, pink grapefruit color; thin, patchy off-white head. Very jammy (raspberry, strawberry) and bourbon- / alcohol-tinged aroma; a warming burn in the aroma; slightly stalky and green, and unlike anything else. Raspberries and floral / stemmy notes upfront; relaxed carbonation; a funky, jammy note throughout and a sweet chewiness at the core; I think this would improve a bit with some time for more sourness to develop and allay the jam. Medium, doughy and soft fruitiness in the finish.