hopscotch (10532) - 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!
BrewDad (5328) - 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.
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?
NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Everyone who tried this at GABF should try and get a hold of another sample. I shared this bottle with John Harris, and while it didn’t affect my perception of the beer I think it gave me a better understanding of what he was shooting for.
Once you get past the opening notes of acetone there’s a wonderful funky/sour/tart beer lurking underneath.
No head to speak of. Flavors of bourbon and acetone give way to a heady mixture of brett/lacto funk and a vinous finish.
Not something I could drink every day, but I’m sure glad I had the chance to taste this abberation :)
Thanks again John!
MIBRomeo (2570) - 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.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from J. Harris: Golden color with some bubbles but no head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, woody and wine like. A light body that is swet and fruity at first, then slightly tart and acidic, a little alcohol warmth, you also get a slight bourbon flavor and definitely some pinot noir flavor. A dry wine and wood finish. Very very unique, i gather this is a love it or hate it beer. It is amazingly complex and one of those beers where you can easily pick out 6 different flavors that are all unique. I wouldnt drink a pint of this but very much enjoyed the glass.
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.
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.
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.