WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at ChurchKey. Pours a clear ruby orange color. Thin white head that leaves a persistent ring. Strong aroma of oak and sherry. Flavor is delicious. Lots of tart fruit, oak, whiskey and smoky roasted malt notes. Slight alcohol burn and nice clean finish. Outstanding.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Stubs. From Notes. A slightly hazy red copper pour with brown highlights. Minimal head, decent lacing. Aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, some light hops. Slightly tart, a bit of barnyard funk and a bit of white fruit as well. Pretty nice, but too much bourbon to muddle the other aromas. Bourbon is also overpowering on the tongue. Slightly tart, funk is trying to push through. A bit of spice, some grape skins. Mouthfeel is dry. Just an OK beer. I see what they were trying to do, and I like the idea, but there is just too much bourbon for this to work for me.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL. A bit different than your average sour, but the bourbon wood and sour here play off each other very well to produce a complex, though nicely drinkable ale. Wispy cloud-like white head, and a light ring of retention on the pour. Also, a medium bodied appearance, and deep red-amber in color. Vinegar and wood start off prominently in the nose, but this mellows out into a nice array of a subtle notes of mixed, not-overly-sweet dark fruits, fig, light sour pears, and a heavier nut of pecan and walnut. Outstanding aromatics, though these don’t necessarily play along with the flavor notes. Not in a bad way at all though. Light oils in the body, and a well balanced slightly sour, slightly funky, slightly vinegary, slightly hoppy feel. Wood plays a major a role, along with nice, mixed, though subtle fruits which add an interesting complexity that is hard to describe. Minor citrus bitter to balance out a lightly sour, fruity with melon and berry, finish. This really hit me the right way. Very nice work GI.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Amber with good, decent, white head / Delicate nose of cedar closet, caramel, and sour cherries / Medium body, creamy and fat with low carbonation, lightly sour and sweet, with good balance and finish / Flavors of cedar closet, sour cherries, caramel, and coconut / On the simple and young side. Question the notion of pairing bourbon barrels with a delicate sour ale.
swoopjones (5253) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Copper bronze pour. Maple syrup, wine driven tartness, acidic vinegar, apple juice, bourbon in a quite active aroma. Taste is bourbon, underlaying acidic tartness. Bourbon had definately calmed since first time i rated. Would like to try a non bourbon version to compare. Anyway an interesting beer
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(32oz growler courtesy of cosmicevan!). Pours crystal orange with thin white head. Some sour and sweetness from the bourbon. It’s got some sour, but the bourbon does not overpower the beer. Thin texture and smooth finish. Pretty good. Very glad I got to try this. Huge thanks to cosmicevan for this
daknole (8348) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from dcschiller. Very rich amber pour, off white head. Aroma has some balsamic, light bourbon, oak, tart cherries. Flavor has light barrel notes, tartness, balsamic vinegar, oak...good stuff!
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: Growler) Copper pour with a mild head and very mild carbonation. Semi-sweet and tart aroma of cherries and some dark fruits. Very wonderful smell. Nice and tart flavor. Beautiful tart and sour combination with a mild bourbon flavor coming forward. The sourness is a little mild but still is enough to really give you that feeling that you’re having a nice wild ale. Smooth and lightly sweet and tart finish.
BrewBoxer (1728) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at double windsor in brooklyn. Deep read color, no head. Smells of bourbon, cherries and scotch. Taste is a mild tart with a hint of booze. Not overly sour or sweet. Tastes a litlle watered down. I love how goose island is experimenting with this style and each one differs from each other. This is not my favorite of them though.
GT2 (7721) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 Tap at Churchkey. Wow- I’ve been wanting to try this for so long and had some high hopes. The pour is much lighter than expected- a clear, fire ruby to amber with a fairly sticky, lacing, yellow head. Pretty giant lacework for a sour beer. Low carbonation. The aroma is outstanding: mouthwatering Flemish red notes of cherries, vinegar, red wine reduction, butter, wet oak, spicy sourness, and not totally dominated by the BCS barrel’s buttery bourbon. Taste, however, is all bourbon forward with more of a watered down Jack Daniels character than Flemish red. There is lemon ice tea in there, spices, sharp tartness, but no real full sourness or Flemish red lactic or even acetic qualities. It comes across more as watered down Jack Daniels with iced tea. Pretty disappointing. I think the real problem here is that the base beer is not rich enough. In fact, I had originally assumed the beer would be nearly black instead of amber. I think this is a great place to do something akin to Struise Earthmonk or New Belgium La Folie. 8/4/6/4/14=3.6 2/9/2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Maybe a better keg or just better glassware, but the nose on this pour is incredible- much more sour heavy, very funky, white grape vinous, lactic acid qualities, and buttery bourbon very present but not taking control of the aroma. Taste is more lactic forward, bourbon adding warmth, butter, oil, and body but not taking away from the slick sourness. Super easy to enjoy, very sour and funky, but beautiful. What an odd combo but what an achievement! Yum! 8/4/8/4/16=4.0