ttutony (634) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really interesting beer. Sour notes combined with spicy Belgian phenolics. Oak comes in but does not overpower anything. Truly unique.
ContemplateBeer (1495) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of tart apple, sour cherry and chocolate bourbon fudge; the sour ale being most dominant. Appearance is amber tinted gold with creamy head. Flavor matches the nose overall, with an emphasis on tartness up front; the finish was sour. As the beer warmed, I noticed a slight alcohol presence, and a dissipation of the chocolate flavors, but a more pronounced bourbon note. The palate was creamy with a more bubbly finish. Very creative and flavorful beer.
cbfobes (2269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Dexters in Madison, WI, poured into a large snifter, pours a clear copper with a thin head, aroma is of sour fruit with funk, the bourbon really comes through as it warmed more, the flavor starts off with sour cherries and finishes more with the bourbon, overall this is a different take on a sour ale, I wished it was more sour on the finish but I still enjoyed this very much.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Chappy’s. Beautiful reddish amber color, tiny off-white head. Aroma of tart dark fruit, vanilla, sour, and a certain almost burnt sugar quality, maybe the bourbon. Very complex, not your average sour. It like there is a constant battle in your mouth between the fruit-sour cherries and the bourbon influence-oak, must, vanilla, with the lingering sourness tying it all together. A wonderful blend of sweet vs dry mixed with the tart and sour. This beer exceeded every expectation.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: The aroma consists of light sour cherry along with hints of maple syrup and bourbon from the BCS barrels. It’s a transparent brownish-orange with a minimal beige head that quickly fades to a fine ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tart cherry and caramel. The finish has some light vanilla with a hint of bourbon. Light bodied with minimal carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel a bit watery at times.
BVery (5930) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011 Growler. Clear gold pour with a minimal head. Sour cherry nose. Cherry, oak, and bourbon on flavor. Somewhat dry. Very tasty - someone told me this was a botched batch of Matilda that they aged. Not sure if that is true, but if so, nice save!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Firkin in Libertyville, IL. Pours a mostly clear, amber-bronze colored body with a finger-width, very dense and foamy, egg-shell white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma has lots of floral fruits and a distinct, but never over-powering bourbon. Sweeter cherries with a moderate tartness, tangy orange citruses, and white grapes. Sweeter caramel lurks behind the fruits along with some chewy, wet grains and vanilla-wood. Flavor is similar. Smooth bourbon that again never dominates along with plenty of fruits and a moderate sourness. Sweet cherries, oranges, and white grapes again along with some apricot and raisin. Light caramel malt sweetness provides a nice balance. Some wood and a light vanilla comes out towards the end as the bourbon stays even and the fruits, sourness, and soft malts blend together nicely. Finishes smooth and dry with a light, woody tartness and a soft maltiness. A light alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, very smooth and soft body with a moderately fizzy, but gentle carbonation. Overall, a really well made beer. Fruity with a very pleasant sourness that never gets out of hand, which I tend to like more than the puckering sours. Solid, soft maltiness to balance along with a very even, yet distinct bourbon backing. This was pretty impressive.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bad Apple. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of tart fruit and bourbon, kind of bizarre. Kind of off putting at first a sour citrus that leads into a woody bourbon finish. Odd pairing that started to grow on me throughout the 12oz pour. A hint of vanilla to tie the tartness and bourbon together. Tasty.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bodega. Clear brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, caramel and some acidic tartness. Sour fruit flavor up front, giving way to caramel and a bourbon oak finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at KC FS. Nice bronze color with a small white head and no lacing. Lighter, sour cherry aroma with some wood in the background. Flavor was a little like a messy, Flanders red. Not bad, just some of the flavors were a little non-complimentary if that makes sense? Maybe a little too much "stout" in the sour? Fun though.