hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft...Mid-GABF ’06 at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver...This beer rocks! Judging by the conversations surrounding this beer in Denver, It’s definitely a "love it" or "hate it" experience. I’m anxious to see the standard deviation once more reviews roll in. I loved it!... Mostly clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Terrific retention. Smells like Tennessee sourmash whiskey... straight up! I love sourmash whiskey, but this brew tastes so much better than it smells; very acetic, lots of whiskey, black cherries and wood. Medium-bodied and astringent with moderate carbonation. Sour, bone-dry finish. Alcohol is evident and warming. World class ale!
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Falling Rock. Amber bodied. Nose is very "unique". It’s quite liqueur like. Maybe melon liqueur. Very alcoholic nose and over ripened fruits. Taste is sour fruits, oak barrel, alcohol and paint thinner/nail polish. Some malt in there as well. Body is medium with a sour astringency and lots of dry notes. Finishes with more paint thinner, sour fruits and alcohol. I appreciate the attempt, but in the end, I couldn’t finish the glass.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Falling Rock Tap House - Denver, Co]
After the GABF went to the Falling Rock Tap House and had this wonderful nectar poured there. It was thick poured in a snifter and this was great old ale and it had such wonderful flavors and a strong port/oak flavor. I loved it.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Falling Rock: Dark golden color. It is love it or hate I see. I thought it was pretty tasty. Nice and sour. Vinous notes that was a little odd mixed with bourbon but I didn’t think that was a problem. Grapes, cherries, vanilla and sour. Whats not to like.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2006
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Sampled at GABF. All I gotta say about this brew is that is was friggen awful. Absolutely FULL of fusel alcohol including, but not limited to acetone, ether, isopropyl alcohol, fingernail polish remover, etc. The flavor was also consistent with the aroma. How the hell does anyone like this brew? The only redeeming quality was its appearance.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex beer, but does suffer a bit from the phenolic nailpolish bite. The aroma is overwhelmed by sharp nail polish smells, but the flavor remains a jungle of flavors. Tart cherry, dry wood, pinot flavors, moldy cheese, and other interesting flavors that make you think. I really enjoyed the sourness and the depth of flavors, it would be very hard to nail them all down. My only problem was the aroma, the flavor was excellent.
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Well first blake is being retarded to say this is a .8 and worse than almost every malt liquor he’s ever tried..
Then on to my rating from GABF 06
Deep golden color w/ a whisp of head and some actual wine like leggings and a bit of thin lacing. Aroma of cherries, light vanillas, oaks, some whisky or bourbon style notes and some sugars. Flavor very similar to the aroma lots of booze notes and some great woods and pieces of funk. Pretty avg palate.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hot boozy nose overwhelming with bourbon and cherries. Would not recommend lighting a match near this beer for fear of the fumes igniting. Slight ethanol-paint thinner-nail polish remover nose. Funky as all hell. The pinot and wood flavors come to life later with each sip. Quite memorable and for this I give it merit, but I would not frequent this beer, even if I could.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Falling Rock. Iced tea body with a thick ring of bubbles and a thin film of bubbles. Nose-formaldehyde, cherry, paint thinner, woody. vanilla bean, light butter, sour cherry. Taste-medium sourness, light wood, tannins, light funk, very light cheap bourbon, kind of hot going down. Nose and taste are night and day!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2006. Dark golden color, no head. Aroma is sour cherries, bourbon, and too much alcohol. Taste is sugary malt, mild sour cherries and bourbon. Light oak and hops in the finish. Body seemed light for the style, but makes the beer much more approachable. Stylistically, not sure what exactly they were going for here- barleywine? Flemish sour?