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

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RATINGS: 100   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2990) - 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Burnt orange color. No head with a slight cherry finish. Refreshing beer with a malty taste on the pallet

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Clear reddish peach colored pour with zero head. Nose is mild sweet cherry. Light syrupy palate. Taste is kind of a weird funky cherry with some yeast and malt. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle… Pours clear amber with orange highlights and a small, fizzy, white head. The odd bouquet delivers vanilla, spicy Belgian phenols, caramel and a suggestion of cherry. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, fruity, herbal, rooty and mildly acidic. Finishes bittersweet with lingering bitterness. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Poured 22 oz into a tulip glass. It had good carbonation. It had a slight sour cherry note which went well with this sour beer. I was however hoping for more cherry favors. I didn’t find it as enjoyable as a Lindemans.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours hazy ruby/garnet with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is fragrant cherry nose, light malt, Belgian yeast, vinous, fruity esters, and oak. Flavor is chardonnay, cherry, light malt, Belgian yeast, fruity esters, oak, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Hazy pinkish red color, massive fluffy light pink head that settles quickly. Aroma of grapes, citrus. Taste is sour apple skins and cherries, bitter lemon finish. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Murky dark amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, light dusky. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, Chardonnay/oak, some dusky, vinous. Medium-full body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2011
On tap at church key, this beer was a little of for me at first but really grew on me as the night went on. Big thick sweet malty beer and cherry flavors dominate with little else. Nice!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Beer is the new wine. This brew pours a copperish amber color with a soapy, rapidly depleting head. Smells of....cherries...Medium full nectar with good carbonation. A malt forward brew style with plenty of acidity and cherry essence. A bit of toasted oak is noticeable adding to it’s depth. The finish has a slight of caramel on it. A sipping savory brew for sure but a bit boring. Give me more carbonation, tartness, and density. Bam!


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