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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11961) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Sampled on draft at Jackie O’s. Pours a hazy red color with a medium sized frothy offwhite head that fades quickly. Aroma of cherries, berries and an herbal note. The taste is sweet malts, cherries, bread and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2397) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle, Batch 4. Hazy ruby red, with really no head other than some white fizziness. Cherries, sweetness, slight woodiness, and vinous notes, but mostly fruity aroma. Flavor is a touch of sweet cherry, some warming darker fruit tones, slight sweetness, touch of earth and vanilla. Not bad, but a touch sweet for me. Medium body with tight bubbly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2293) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle (release#2). Pours clear red pinkish with a soapy white head that fades to a thin foamy collar. Aroma has a sour cherry scent with noticable alcohol, yeast and wood. Taste has yeast bitter sour cherries and alcohol (cherriers are rather faint). Palate is thin slick and fizzy with a warming dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear reddish brown color with moderate frothy white color head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Average sweet cherry and yeast aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a average tart sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting tingly refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle - Release #4 - 10.3% ABV. Maroon colored with a small amount of foam on the surface. Aroma is cherry pits, grains, malt, and an over ripe fruit note. Taste is sweet malt, cherries, candy, soft alcohol, berry jam, and grains. Soft yeast notes and light wood come through int he background. Body is bubbly with a medium overall feel. Finishes with more cherry, candy notes, sweet malt, grains, yeast notes, light spice, light wood, and soft alcohol

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2011
On tap at beer engine, pour is murky red with a nose of cherries and the taste reveals a bubblegum taste to bring out the Belgian no bad certainly worth trying

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7399) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Sampler 4oz draft from Rustico Ballston. Poured a cherry red color with a off-white pink head. Aroma was sour cherries, almost preserve like in character. Flavor was sweet/sour cherries. This one is very tart, and very tasty. Couldn’t imagine myself having more than 10oz so expect to share the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
release #1 from dave on 12/19/10. reddish tinted golden yellow. soft white head on top. similar to the regular brainless... the aroma shows some mild cherry/vinous notes, mineral, grass and wood on top of pale malt, yeast and spice. there is a dryness on the palate which didn’t exist in the original which helps the mouth feel and flavor immensely... also, the flavor is pretty much the aroma combined with the notes of smoke and match stick-like sulfur. 7/4/7/3/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6403) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This one poured a cloudy darker yellow color with a white head. Aroma was lgiht belgian spices, light cherries and some wheat there too. Flavor was subdued cherries, belgina spice and wheat notes with some vineous notes there as well. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Pours a dark golden ruby color with cherry/blood red edges and a half finger fizzy pink head that quickly fades into lasting ring. Not much lacing. Sweet fruit aroma with earhty oak and vanilla. Lots of sweet cherry which is kind of artificial/syrupy smelling. Some boozy alcohol sweetness but the cherries overpower the nose. Medium bodied with tight carbonation, earthy oak and vanilla with dark fruits underneath that blend well with the sweet cherry flavor. Slight maracino cherry juice flavor with a boozy punch. Not as sweet or syrupy as the aroma suggests. Pretty well balanced actually and the ABV is nicely masked.

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