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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2011
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Release #2). Pours a clear cherry-juice color with effervescent white head and active carbonation. Aroma has belgian yeast, fruit (not quite getting the cherry that I expected) some vinous notes and wood. Taste is sweet from the base beer and some cherry, but it adds a bit of tartness as well. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Fizzy on the tongue. Finishes a bit hot. Not bad, but I prefer Peaches better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13309) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, 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 didnt 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 didnt 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (711) - 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 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bomber from Sams, Durham. Really exceptional appearance, a deep ruby with pinkish tints and a thick, creamy head that leaves rings around the tulip. Nose is initially surprisingly sweet, like cherry pie extract with bits of tart wood that bring out a riper fruit. Mouthfeel is quite full, smooth, and a bit acetic on the back end. But overall the flavors could be a bit more tart, as it tends to emphasize the oak and vanilla aspects perhaps a bit too much. Enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23333) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle @ Paps. Pours a hazy pale reddish color with a small off-whit ehead. Has a fruity weak sour woody cherry aroma. Fruity malty woody winy cherry flavor. Has a fruity slightly sour tart woody cherry finish.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6025) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2292) - 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.

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