ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Re-rate: 2009 vintage at New Bohemia Mnpls- Goose Island tap takeover. wonderful sour aroma. both sweet and sour. Dark hazy gold with nice lace. Phenomenal. 9/29/11- Draft at MacKenzie, Mnpls. Honestly can’t remember a sour brew with more richness and complexity than this. Oak aged quality contributes nicely. Love it! 7, 3, 9, 5, 18
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: clear orange with amber edges. Pithy head fades to collar while a puddle of foam sits pretty smack dab in the middle like an inside out donut.
Nose: OMG! Massively sour and tannic. Sour cherries, maraschino cherries. Has the essence of a single-malt, lowlands. Bourbon with spicy heat and crunchy sweetness. Apple skins and plum skins steeped in good moonshine. Bourbon and sour work together harmoniously. Sun drenched grains both sweet and dry. Pomace and grappa. Brushed leather and saddles, dry, then covered in orange oils.
Palate: wow! Sweet up front, then bourbon, than white oak, then vanilla. Plums and grapes. Mouth and tongue coating, then dries with leather and grape/plum skins for some pomace ala grappa. Vanilla soaked bourbon oozing barrels. Sour cherries along edges, underneath, and in breath. Essence of rye and lowland single malt.
Final Thoughts: I would love to have this beer as a year-round staple in my fridge. Amazing. I feel like I have in one hand, the proud American heritage of bourbon, in another the rich history of Scotland, and in another the oldest beverage of humankind – beer. Separate and yet one – an amazing sensorial experience. Divine. Nectar of the goddesses and gods.
KyotoLefty (6739) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at MacGregors. Cloudy dark brown-orange, flat. Not pretty. Fruity, estery aroma with peach, cream, fusels, and sweet orange. Creamy vanilla flavor with tangy lemon, honey, alcohol. Light to medium sourness, very lactic, slightly acetic. Decent, though not great.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ MacGregor’s Penfield. All I smell is acedic acid...in the red wine vinegar vain....this coming from a slightly hazed amber with thin head. Diactyl and acedic acid great the mouth and lead it on a journey of flabby, grainy, acedic vinegar stained unfocused nonsense...buttery from the diactyl, thin bodied, way way way too many off flavors here to even know how to comment, but since they’re owned by inbev now, I don’t give a fuck who’s fault it was, my shitty rating will stand just like this shitty beer will stay on tap.
Leighton (11900) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Pony Bar, NYC. Pours clear gold with a soft, white head. Sour fruit nose. Very, very sweet flavor, cherry liquor, candied fruits, medium and understated tartness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Big warming finish, some bread, sugary fruits, alcohol, light sourness. A little boozy at points but otherwise very nice.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at old chicago in Rockford, IL (my hometown!) WOW, this was quite a suprise to see on tap at a bar in my hometown while on vacation. pours lite orange with a small fizzy white head. nose of sour cherries, wood, vanilla and very slight bourbon. this barrel they used must have been pretty dried out because there is not much bourbon flavors here. If it had alot, i would have this beer. Flavors are lite sourness and cherries with a lovely vanilla/wood finish. this is truely a lovely beer! I wish i could have more of this! I drank 3 glasses of this stuff!
ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: August 19, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Busters, Minneapolis, MN Appearance: Translucent golden and slight amount of head. Aroma: Sour cherry. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, slight carbonation, thin bodied and bourbon/whiskey and dry finish. Other: Really enjoyed this one, kind of finished like a mildly dry champagne.
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at Blue Tusk, savoured on June 30 2011; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head, average lacing; nose: woody, alcohol, malt, light sourness; mouth: light, refreshing, woody, malt, alcohol, alcohol warmth, woody finale with light presence of alcohol, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille, bue chez Blue Tusk, savourée le 30 juin 2011; œil : cuivrée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse fauve, dentelle moyenne; nez : boisé, alcool, malt, légère aigreur; bouche : léger, rafraîchissante, boisé, malt, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, finale en boisé avec légère présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
jb (2302) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at McGregors. Gold, clear, nice sparse lacing pattern. Nose and palate dominated by sour cherry. There was also some sort of spicy undercurrent I could not place. Good, not as complex as some of the other (few) sours I’ve had.
alexsdad06 (5924) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear caramel color with a thin film. The aroma has sweet malts, floral notes, tart fruit and mild to moderate bourbon. The flavor has a mild tart quality, but this has been softened some by the barrel. Sweet malts, vanilla, citrus and cherry fruits, wood and bourbon. The bourbon notes linger for a bit. This was a very interesting beer and I would like to see it again.