NikkTwist (1509) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite sours. Sampling a bottle for the first time after having had it many times on draft. Batch 006. Poured a clear cola brown instead of the expected ruby red on draft. Small bubbly head disappears quickly. Fantastic sour! Crisper and fruitier on draft but dark caramel smooth from the bottle. Perfectly blended now. Very complex barrel notes. Not tasting the red currant as much as in a fresh draft. Bottle version is still definitely sour, but the finish is wonderfully smooth. Not much carbonation, but still has a thick body like a fine cognac. Draft is great, but the bottle is fantastic!
superspak (2408) - Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch 005X2E. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing fairly quickly. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, fig, red wine, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, fig, red wine, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, fig, red wine, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and fruit flavors; with a great sweetness/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, acidic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited wild ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft as part of the full sampler at Russian River. Slightly hazy brown/amber with off-white head. Aromas of cherries, dark fruit, vinegar. Tastes of oak, cherries, dark fruit. Medium-light body with a very dry finish. Good stuff.
CapFlu (4456) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like a wine. Deep reddish brown body with nearly no head. Highly carbonated. Nose of vinegar, balsamic, sour cherries and wood. Flavour of very very tart. Great cherry base with a lasting acidic finish. Very satisfying. 12.68fl oz bottle. Courtesy of Blomster. Thanks so much Christer!
Lizardking3 (42) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My God.... This is wonderful. It’s pours an absolutely gorgeous dark plum color, and smells sweet and wonderful. It tastes immediately sour and then settles down so you can enjoy all of the currant and malts. It finishes so smooth, you would never know it is 10%. I love this beer.
Danyel (574) - Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with red hues and off-white head. Aroma is very oaky, wood, dark fruits, sour. Taste is woody, sweet and sour, ripe berries, lots of wine. Really delicious!
Salmoniform (454) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper amber hue with off white fizzy head. Aroma is lactic, oak, sour cherry, wine grapes, acetic, malic. Mouthfeel is great with a medium light body and fizzy carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with tart sourness exploding through the finish and wrapping up with a nice tannin finish. Overall this is an exceptional sour brew!
EamonTheGreat (119) - USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great sour. Pours dark with almost no head. The taste is of cherries and currants. The high ABV is hidden well. Overall one of the best and well balanced sours I've had.
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RRistow12 (215) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark ruby looking almost identical to a port wine with thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma is very complex. Smells vinous with the Cabernet definitely prominent. Cherry, prune, figs,, plums, brown sugar. Taste is very similar to smell. Moderate to heavy sweetness followed by a moderate sour flavor. I'm not a big sour fan but this is very good. Medium bodied with sticky and clingy mouthfeel. Flavors of cherry, prune, Cabernet. From a guy who is not a big sour fan even I'll admit this is a very complex and tasty beer.
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MrFecesious (903) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Batch 013113. Pours a cloudy burnt red. Aroma of dark fruit, wine. Taste is tart. Brilliant crisp mouthfeel and dry finish.
dfroms (204) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours slightly garnet hued porterish color. Aroma is currants, port, sour cherry, lemon, roast, caramel. So much complexity. Taste is sour cherry, coffee, and roast fading into lemon juice, lemon zest, long finish. Amazing. Probably my favorite regularly available Russian River sour.