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Epic Brainless on Cherries (Batch 1 - 4, White Wine Barrel)



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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
Note: only batches 1-4 were in the white wine barrels, all others need to be rated under the red wine barrel entry. We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks for a secondary fermentation in the barrels. Pours a beautiful deep ruby color with a medium white head. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, and barrel aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Pour on tap was dark reddish with nice slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of funky white grape, hints of peach and pear but goes mainly into sweet cherry with a hint of vanilla. Taste is a nice mix of sweet cherry with bitter and drying funk, some sweet white grape and tannic notes from the oak finish this off nice and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Batch 2 from Bestway and my first foray into this brewery I have been hearing so much about. An incredibly popping and hissing head as it comes out of the bottle. That dissipates rather quickly although the popping lasts as the bubbles keep rising to the top. That effervescence comes through slightly in the drink but not as much as it appears as it should. Slightly woody but mostly sweetness and alcohol in the aroma. Flavor has a little bit of toasty grain and deep malt sweetness to it. There is an overcurrent of cherry and fruit that comes a little later in the palate. That cherry flavor lasts the duration of the drink though. The finish is bubbly and dry. The fruit and yeast stay on your tongue for a long while after so you have to call this a long finish, full bodied drink. Pretty decent attempt at stepping up with a very tough beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2012
bottle batch 4 thanks secret santa. pour has a red amber color and a crackling soda head that disappeared quickly. aroma has dark rich malt, dark ripe fruit, cherry, and yeast. mouth feel is light and there is high side carbonation. flavor has cherry, dark fruit, heavy malt, yeast, and oak. this is big and boozy and is so powerful I can not tell what type of barrel had been used.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Orangish pour. Light head. Aroma of cherries, red wine, oak, funk, yeast. Flavor is really nice, yeasty, floral, light earthy funk, cherries. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3425) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle shared at Chris M.ís house warming party. Burnt orange pour with a pinkish head. Sour cherry, vinous and oaky aromas. Nice sour cherry, smooth caramel, and pinot noir notes. Effervescent and refreshing...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Amber pour with a light head. A bit pinkish. A yeasty barn like aroma. Yeasty flavor with cherry/stawberry fruit. Belgian sugars and notes of dark fruit like plum. Itís not all that. Medium body. Quite carbonated. Fair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2011
22oz bottle, release #4: Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with some ruby hues and a short-lived pinkish head. Has a lightly tart black cherry and vinous oak nose with a touch of sweet fruity esters. Starts with an effervescent body and light caramel sweetness with a good balance of ripe cherries and some fresh oak with a touch of peppery bitterness and mild warmth in the finish. A pretty complex brew, but could be a little smoother and hide the alcohol better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a murky reddish brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherries, Belgian yeast, vanilla, white grapes, and oak. Flavor of oak, coconut, yeast, Chardonnay, earth, herbs, and cherries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
[Bottle] Poured red with a light pink head. Aroma is primarily cherry. The taste is alcohol, yeast, subdued cherry, and a hint of oak. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a long finish. This was way too hot, had muted flavors and aromas, and in my opinion was not nearly worth the steep price. At least my family generally liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle from Chevy Chase Liquors in DC. Pours a hazy red with a dissipating pale off white/pink head. Aroma of cherry, alcohol, and Belgian esters. Medium bodied with a soft, spritzy texture. Flavor Belgian malts, with a nuanced cherry and bitterness. Finish has alcohol without being boozy, with a dry spicy oakiness. This is not bad, but nothing here is mind blowing. But I like having a beer I donít have to over analyze. This basically comes across as an oak aged Trippel with a kiss of cherry. I dug it.

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