GenDV138 (3355) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. 2013 vintage bottled on August 1, 2013. Hazy brownish orange with a finger of quick fading head. Aromas of red wine, funk, cherries, dark fruit, light oak. Tastes of vinegar, dark fruit, berries and cherries, red wine, light oak. Medium-light body with a dry and slightly tart finish.
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle .... Orange Amber pour with no head and no lacing but it definitely looks oily .... Aroma of sour and tart dark fruits, vinous, oak and red wine .. Taste is tart, sour and vinous and of oak, dark fruits, tart berries, red wine and very well put together flavor wise .... Finish is tart and sour, dry and a little oily ..... Flavors are very well settled .... This one has aged well
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled January 2012, drunk 6/28/15
As I continue to do some cellar clearing, I continue to find some surprises. Did not think this would hold up anywhere near as well as this did. It’s basically in flawless condition still, with a rosy, deep violet-tinged amber body that is clear and sports a dark beige head that fully diminishes over time.
Wonderfully integrated fruit and yeast/bacteria acidity shows a powerfully sour nose with plenty of lactic acid and a bit of chalky barrel tannin. Bright fruity notes still remain even after 42 months, with sweet honeyed malts lurking on the edges, balancing nicely. No alcohol in the aroma, nor flaws. Very tart/acidic.
The flavor is still robustly malty, with creamy, tight carbonation and a supple, supportive mouthfeel. Sourness comes out right away, tart brett acids, soft, deeper lactic notes and light berry-like acidity. Some light cabernet nuances, perhaps, with some nutty tannins, further bolstering the mouthfeel. No alcohol noted. Basically, this must have been almost undrinkable fresh, as it’s still very, very "heavy" across all fronts here (strong maltiness, rich barrel tannin, intense sourness). That being said, the age has mellowed and homogenized it to the point where, if not quite "elegant" it’s still incredibly flavorful and enjoyable, provided you can get past the bracing sourness.
Very encouraging that GI is producing beers that truly can go the suggested 3 years in bottle (and then some). Hell, this thing has easily got another 5-6 years on it if stored properly.
demannu (185) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at Chris’ s bachelor party. Strawberry/amber color with off white head. Smell strikes a strong comparison to red wine. Overly sour, tart, and acidic. Just too much. Then again, I’m not a fan of sours to start.
Blairgus (3327) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7 jun 2015, tap. 2013 edition. Dark pink/orange. Nose is tart, sweet, blackberries. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Dry, slightly tart, but enough malt presence to make this not very dry or tart. Some earthy and woody notes. Nice enough.
dwm1034 (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split bomber with SHERM1016...thanks!! Pours a bright reddish orange...thin head. Nose is sweet berry scent; taste is funky / sour with those (black) berries again...very tasty.
RickTStiles (825) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cayenne pepper and butter aroma. Taste has notes of tart blackberry and over ripe peaches. High acidity. Finish is tart, underripe cherries.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-gold color with a white head. Funky berry-fruit aroma. Tart-funk with a light blackberry balance. Excellent.
Notes: GABF ’13
rumproasts (4130) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. amber with very small head. very tart and funky with nice fruity blackberry. complex and delicious. i felt like a fool buying this one, as it was quite expensive, but it was worth it.