FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at chappy’s in Dayton Ohio. Pours a deep amber with a small off white froth. Aroma is very interesting, vinous and sharp with a strong bourbon vanilla note, a touch of sharp lemon zest and a distinct woody note. Flavor has much the same aggressive lemon zest tartness with a nice cream vanilla and earthy wood character. In a way, the characteristics do battle each other but they are distinct and provide a nice complexity that makes the whole swallow quite interesting. Finishes tart and earthy with. Bit of a bite, but a bourbony aftertaste. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. I really dig this beer, complex and rich.
Travlr (16810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey, courtesy of Greg - thank you sir! Bright amber color, scant head. Aroma of whiskey. Taste is boozy caramel, oak, wood. Not much evidence of brett, but nicely complex, good character. Would like to see what happens if the brett is given more time to work.
argo0 (12433) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Small off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/cherry, some Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, Bourbon, some orange. Medium body, light acidity.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma- wild yeast, caramel, oak. pours hazy orange amber. taste is very oaky, wild yeast, fruity, caramel, alcohol, tart, vanilla, hints of bourbon. palate is refreshing, light bodied, with lively carbonation.
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at romans pub, aroma of wood, vanilla, some caramel, touch of tart lemon. Taste is notes of bourbon and vanilla, wood up front, going into tart lemon, slightly bitter finish. Great brew.
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I never had a sour ale before and the name doesnt dissapoint with this beer. It is as sour as I imagine a beer would taste and it has a hint of sweet bitterness as well. Such a contradictory flavor for a beer, but Im impressed.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
take my two favorite things and put them together and you this funky sour ale mixed with bourbon. Aroma up front had some slight acidic notes definitely sour, and then subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon. I love the sourness mixing with the sweetness this is one of my favorites and has to be the best ale I’ve had in a while. I want this stuff in a bottle right now!
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, at bodega. Sour funk flavor up front, very little bourbon or oak. alcohol is well hidden. Doesnt have the sour finish, but the fruity flavors are present. I was very surprised to how good this beer tasted.
Tmoney99 (12219) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sour, bourbon and vanilla woody aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectation.
CanIHave4Beers (3621) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at El Bait Shop. The beer pours a light orange with a small white head and very little lace. The aroma is floral with some light resiny booziness and a little bit of orange rind. The flavor is certainly tart but also boozy and bourbon-like, but not in the way that Bourbon County Stout is, I suppose that is to say that it does not taste like bourbon was added to this beer even though it picks up very distinct characters of bourbon like cherry and a bit of that twang very "sour mashy" bourbon gets... which is likely the interplay of the sourness of the beer (which is nice but light) mixing with the bourbon from the barrel. There is some woodiness and a good deal of spiciness to the beer as well. It’s a very noble concept all around and I liked the beer, but it seems like more of a "festival beer" than anything that would see wide release.