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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1468) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, 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.

3.6
   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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Aroma: lots of cherries, also some pear and other fruity esters, fair dose of alcohol. Pours a slightly hazy red, very fizzy pink head dissipates instantly and leaves little lacing. Flavor: strong cherries, fruity in general with similar flavors as in the aroma, alcohol is fairly noticeable, low bitterness. Fizzy, effervescent body, high carbonation and medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Douglas. Pours a clear pinkish red with a white head that had a pink hue and dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of cherries with a slight note of earthy of grains and a bit of oak as well. Flavor has much more earthy notes with grain and bread backed by a light cherry note and a good amount of oak. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Big thanks to Chuck for all 3 of these variations. Very similar to the base beer.. TheCherries add another level not otherwise there. Quite the improvement. Peaches was my favorite variation.


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