gsmitty80 (1902) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this wild ale that had a great yeast strain and the hibiscus flower was something else that added a nice aromatic and finishing element.
DrSilverworm (7780) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10oz on tap at Liberty’s. Completely hazy dark red, kind of brown color. Decent ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Kind of slick texture, more drying in the finish.; Dark fruit, some stale flavors up front, but they subside as Ig o. Some cherry, and floral notes. Some oxidization in the nose. Moderate sweet taste, lightly tart. Didn’t really notice much sourness at all up front, until I started thinking about it. Interesting stuff to try. Not bad. Wonder how old it is, though... Tastes a bit unnecessarily malty.
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Slight cloudy red brown pour. Aroma of strong roasts, caramel, nuts. Tastes woody slightly acidic tang oats big malt. A bit sticky on the palate. Too malty and forgettable (freigeist sets the bar pretty high for itself), but tasty enough.
crossovert (8483) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stretch labelling this as a sour or wild. The hibiscus dominates perhaps it should be a herb spice beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/7/2014 Total Score: 3.5
Interesting imperial altbier. Huge on floral notes tastes a bit old but otherwise nice.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on tap at Maria’s (Chicago, IL). An odd find that I definitely sought out when it showed up on BeerMenus. Pours a dulled darker reddish pour, some copper and rusty hues show some decent haze, a bit dark in this light. Frothy offwhite head stays as a mellow layer, sticks around ok and laces small. Aromas are a bit bready, some biscuits and tartness. Gentle hibiscus meets some lemon, lactic elements and straw. A gentle darker sweetness, faint cocoa and biscuit, carmelized feel. Initial is some dark fruit, mellow sour twang meets biscuits, faint bit of cocoa, biscuits and bread. The hibiscus element doesn’t quite deliver, the middle showing a firmer malt presence, some dark slants, and a bit of a twangy tartness at times. A bit more dry and earthy as we round the corner, some gentle carmelized malts and lingering sweetness still hang on. Underdeveloped and a bit big for it’s britches. Not my cup of tea. While I understand it’s not quite in the sour league I generally look for, the malt presence seems dulled, sweet, dark fruit and toffee elements strike firm while gentle tartness and hibiscus elements get covered up largely for me. It doesn’t taste bad, it just didn’t quite offer what I was expecting.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Spuyten for their Fruity Cologne! event. Pours a hazed ruby with a medium to large creamy beige head. Sour milk,a but of roast and malt. Medium bodied, paper and touches of infection. Not terrible, but not really worth the time. Little hints of tartness.
jredmond (5836) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Spuyten with Dallas and Street. Pours a hazy murky brown body with one finger off white head. Aroma is strong alcohol, strong spice and a light floral character. Mouthfeel is carbonated with a bitter, abrasive alcohol character up front; backing flavors of belgian spice, flowers, soap, dark fruit and lots of booze.
NikkTwist (1840) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks. Dark rose pour. Off-white foamy head. More malt forward than I was expecting. Like a mix of chocolate milk and fizzy orange. Blood orange. Passionfruit. Tootsie Rolls. The hibiscus is bringing out an unusual mix of flavors from the malt.
nimbleprop (5414) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz at Churchkey. Pours a clear mahogany amber with some lacing white head. Nose is floral and sweet, some cracker and malt, not too much else, sweet. Flavor is malty, floral, rose hips, honey comb, earthy, mild blood orange, light pomegranate. Clean finish.
Iphonephan (3899) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC during the Night of the Living Ales on halloween. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with an ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of plums, prunes and dark cherries. Smooth, slightly tart finish.