thomas15 (588) - USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is distinctly acidic vinous cherry with ample funk and some dryness. Dark brown with a garnet red hue and tan head. Aroma also continues to suggest other fruits. Apricots and peaches come through in the acidity. Taste is refreshingly light, light but noticeable carbonation, really perfect in that respect. Sour with cherry andp acidic and vinous aspects. Definitely some barrel in play. I gotta say that this is top notch.
illidurit (1963) - Sonora, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orangey amber pour. Funky savory cherry notes, vinegar. Flavor has brown sugar and malt vinegar, dark cherries and apple. Gets oaky toward the end. Too far on the acetic side of the spectrum for me.
deekyn (854) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- pours a slightly hazy brown rose with a faint red head that dissipates quickly. Zero lacing. S- aromas of cherries, apple cider vinegar, funk, brown sugar, salt air, rose hips, browned butter, malts, soy sauce, crackers. M- sticky light to medium body with a medium malty and acidic palate. T- cherry, funk, and salt at first. Middle is oak, crackers, vinegar, tart macintosh apples, and red wine tannins. Ending is dry and bitter with must, butter, grapefruit, sourdough toast, and a return to cherry.
beerbaaron (687) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 7/31/12. Rated 11/22/13. Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue. Small fizzy off white head. Sour fruit, red wine like, berries, cherries, soft woody, basement. Medium to light body. Sour, sweet, fruity, wineous, dry. I think the extra age took some of edge off it. Less tart and a little softer and smoother. Nice
MarinEvelyn (322) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly fizzy, carbonated, smells a little sour, sour fruit, a little woody, tastes pretty similar. A very sweet tartness to it, smooths out by the end. A little sparkling wine like.
bellco33 (46) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle poured into tulip: Pours dark brown with almost no head and lots of sediment on the bottom. Aroma is cherries, earth, oak, and funk. Taste is cherry, tart, and earthy in the back end. Very well balanced. Finish is pretty smooth, nice carbonation, and packs lots of flavor. This is an excellent beer.
Jesterdeal (1469) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle shard by Dave. Aroma is fresh tart cherries and slight oak. Pours deep red brown with no head. Taste is fresh tart cherries, vinegar, iron, blue cheese, and red wine. The cherries really shine in this one but it’s not overly sweet or tart. Great balance and an easy drink to repeat.
merc7186 (1479) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Mild Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Mild Sour Cherry, Mild Sour Mash
T: Mild Sour Cherry, Mild Red Plum
M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart
Overall, pretty average (or less) after having after a Juliet (and much better sours)
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bomber. Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart cherries, earth, wood. The taste is intensely tart cherries, dark fruits, wood, pepper. Medium bodied, lingering tartness, fairly dry, low carbonation.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Sour cherries are plentiful in this brew, emboldened by citrus, brettanomyces and gum-drying tartness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy brownish mahogany.
-Mouthfeel is quite bubbly.
-Salted crackers are perceived here and there.
-Drinkability is relatively for the high intensity of flavor.
-Overall, the flavor profile could be better polished for it to enter the ’world class’ realm.
gsmitty80 (1680) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great sour ale with cherries. There is not much else i can discern, the oak smooths it out nice but still makes you pucker. Love it.