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



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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2011
From a bottle poured a ruby color with a good amount of head. Light cherry aroma and flavor to start with a malty quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (592) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Draft at brews. Pours a amber color with a pinkish head, aroma of cherries and some belgian yeast. Tart cherry taste with some belgian spice,and an odd finish, good but not great.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
parrotheadkrm (12) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Aroma was sweet cherries. Taste sweet, carbonated, apple finsh. Drinkable, enjoayble, not awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (1855) - 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 (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 ounce bottle
This was a heavy beer that was more intense than some beers with a much higher ABV. I am not sure why but it distracted from what was otherwise a solid experiment. Maybe it just didnít work as well as the peach version. Whatever the reason I still look forward to trying the base Brainless to see how it stacks up.

Aroma / Appearance - A lively beet red body and wispy head (like strands of white cotton candy) provide the focal points. The long spindly legs give away the alcohol content at a glance. Cherries, cotton candy, and cherry cordial warm the senses just from a sniff. The total impression reminds me of the smell of a room whose door has been shut for months and is just now getting fresh air.

Flavor / Palate - Carbonation, apple cider, sweet cherry pie filling, and more carbonation eat at the tongue. Were it not so bubbly it might be on par with the peach version. The mild oak finish indicates that the chardonnay aging didnít add much depth at all. Ultimately this is a solid beer but kind of a one shot experience. For $11.99+ I can find other options on the shelf that appeal to my palate.

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