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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle shared by Ibrew3or4, danka. Crazy CO2 in this, perferred this to the peach varient due to taste. You get a little cherry and barrel but itís not well balanced. Skip this.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle @ home. Bright cherry red appearance with a fizzy, reddish white head. Medium sour cherry, woody, oaky, sweet, lightly sour Belgian yeasty nose. Oaky, sour cherry, soda fizzy, barnyard, Belgian saison yeasty flavor. Fizzy soda like finish. Dull cherry, oaky finish. Not all that smooth especially with the boozy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2648) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
22oz Bottle Thanks to Sam. Pours out a faded ruby red topped with a pink head. Aroma was light cherries, some cough syrup sweetness, light wood notes, and some tang. Taste was more of the light sweetness, cherries, and some light wood.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9536) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering pinkish amber head. Aromas of sour pie cherries, pie crust and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sour pie cherries, pie crust and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering cherry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
enjoyed the weekend of RBWG 2011thanks to Douglass for sharing this one, pours a light red with a pink head. Aroma is tart cherry and oak with some peppery hops. Flavor is pale grains and again spicy hops with only thin faint hints of dry cherry skins in the background.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1271) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2011
22oz bottle, release #1. Pours an unusual pinkish red with a big fizzy/bubbly (actually kind of loud) light pink head that fizzes down quickly to a thin film and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is musty earthy wood with some sweet medicinal cherries.

The flavor is some sweet artificial tasting cherry with some wood and an off kind off leathery bitter taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, I really didnít care for this one. The cherry flavors seemed fake and it had some off notes. Their peach was much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Thick yeasty chunk in the nose. Tangy, slighty cherry tastes in the flavor...mostly yeasty though. Too yeasty, really...pretty much all yeast in the flavor. Yeast. Yeah.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bomber from secret santa; clear rosy red with faint white head; dry cherries, vanilla syrup and dry malt; the base beer is trumped by the cherries and the sharp, lemon malt is completely gone; this beer is crazy dry with mild cherry syrup; eh, not my cup of tea

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Pours a cloudy ruby red with a decent foamy head. Aroma of light fruit and sweet cherries, caramel malt, honey and yeast. Flavor is sweet malt and lots of fruit. Good stuff. The base beer benefits nicely from the addition of cherries.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sidel (6) - - JAN 27, 2011 does not count
The pour on this beer is itís best feature. I love the red/ruby color in the glass. You can get a good whiff of the cherries and hops. I have sensitive taste buds to tart things and this was one of those that seemed a little sour to me. Itís a pretty beer, but not one of my favorites. I love the Peach version much more.


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