gsmitty80 (2011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Evolution usually underwhelms me but this big beer series was really good, Oaky with a lttle bit of bite and decent alcohol made me happy.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a very cloudy copper color. I can’t see much of the carbonation through the glass. There’s about a finger worth of off-white colored head, and it features excellent retention and a uniform texture. No lacing is left behind.
S: Wow, there’s quite a bit on the nose that’s interesting. There are the usual gathering of Belgian yeast esters (apples, white grapes, pears), and a slight funk as well, but the oak here has a distinctly buttery note that really adds to both the barrel qualities and the beer itself. There’s also some vanilla, too, along with peaches, cherries, cream, and even - as crazy as it may sound - chocolate. I told myself not to homer it up before reviewing this...
T: It opens up with a very fresh notes of apple and grape. The barrel flavor hits the middle of the palate, bringing oak, vanilla, and even a touch of butter. Afterwards, there’s a distinct third act where the brett comes out - though it will take a few sips before the funk really hits the taste buds. Its brett character brings a nice fruitiness that book ends the initial apple and grape tones with something more resembling cherries. The finish is quite fruity in particular, and almost tart at times. Occasionally, some tobacco will try to appear in spots near the back end, and is all the more welcome. It brings the complexity without being moronic, sloppy, or overdone in any manner, and that makes it a fantastic beer.
M: In spite of the fizzy carbonation, it’s actually quite soft. It’s also not as dry as some Belgian-style ales, rather it has a semi-sweet, long lasting finish. Not so sweet as to loaf around on the palate, thankfully; since the carbonation is long-lasting, it still remains relatively dry and drinkable. Some might be turned off by the carbonation. Don’t care, still delicious.
O: First off, it’s hard for me to homer on MD beers - sure, what I’ve had from Stillwater has been good, but half of Flying Dog’s line up is meh, three quarters of Heavy Seas’ line up is meh, and the rest are mere footnotes. Evolution is the glorious exception to that rule: I’ll hype their beers ’til the cows come home, not just to raise their trade value (daddy wants to snag some HT when money’s less tight), but because their offerings really are that delicious. This being no exception. It’s nicely complex without having to beat the palate down with excessive anything. I could think about killing another 750 of this, it’s that damn good.
alobar (3095) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Pours copper orange color with aroma of chardonnay, wood, and yeast. Chardonnay flavor with Belgian yeast, and wood. Dry finish. Very nice.
Sammy (9527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best of the migration series. Bright, lemony, brett, chardonnay taste. A gusher and overcarbonated.
Bulk_Carrier (2711) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade. Just had tonight. Bottle 1305 of 1500. Thank you to a non-rate-beerian.
Whoah, where the heck did this come from?
Ok, here we go.
The appearance was a nice somewhat hazy amber to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that must last for at least a good freakin’ two minutes before it really dies to a nice coating of head to lacing at the top of the body.
The smell - uh... gee weez where do I start, ok, here goes: light somewhat tart to sweet apple to go to a nice pear intake and leading me onto a super nice resusicating sort of intake of a Belgian sort of spices invading the previously stated fruits.
The taste - once again, wow, ok, there is a decent sour to tart start to the flavoring but once it starts to warm a bit, it balances out and begins to let the fruits and Belgian spices overtake it a bit. The aftertaste, well, its a good one, hmmm.....everything previously stated does end up leading into this however the finish I get is somewhat dry but nothing misleading.
On the palate, there is nothing obscure about this beer as it sits a nice medium on the body but yet still tries to proclaim a decent sessionability about it. Does it? Yeah, in my opinion, it does.
Overall, ok, I get it, oaked in Chardonnay barrels and I still get a decent oakiness to it for the most part, complex - sure is! Would I have this again? Sure will, if I could get it again in my distribution. Until then, cheers to the Ratebeerians!
I’m glad I’m fully on here now.
egajdzis (5574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red amber color with a medium off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, chardonnay, some sweeter malts, toast, and spices. Taste of citrus, wood, spices, vanilla, and tart, acidic white wine in the finish.
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle from Capones. Pale amber with a beige head that mostly fades. Fresh with a mild brett aroma, chardonnay, oak, yeast, light sweetness, some funk. Moderate body and carbonation, sweeter then its aroma, more chardonnay on the finish, quite tasty.
GenDV138 (3358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle shared by/with Maryland friends, poured into a tasting glass. Fall 2012, Bottle 1377/1400. Pours a hazy golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of Brett, funk, wine, sour fruit. Tasting notes of tart fruit, funk, Brett, yeast esters, stone fruit. Medium body with a crisp dry finish. Light to medium carbonation. Tasty and interesting, though I don’t think I could drink the whole bottle on my own in one sitting.
boxofrane (2415) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at tjs. Pours hazy amber with a small white head. The aroma has a ton of funk, a woodiness, a fruitiness. The taste has some wildness to it. Funky, dry, plenty of the chardonnay barrel, a bit spicy.
hfmejias (1026) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. Bottle. Labeled Fall 2012; 1114 of 1400. Poured hazy orange, nice foamy white head. Aroma of wine, wood, yeast and a touch of hops. Taste malty, some wine and a touch of yeast; dry finish. Nice decent beer, quite enjoyable.