burg326 (4438) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Goose Island, poured a reddish amber color, aromas of a mixture of tart cherries, and tart strawberries. Flavors are malt, and light tart strawberries, and some light acid on the back end, nice offering that I am glad I got to try at the brewpub.
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville while hanging out with some friends before going to see the band Afghan Whigs. I didn’t take notes for this one, but remember it being unimpressive. Wasn’t sour, tasted like cherry juice to me. Tart but not sour.
deyholla (7713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at the Clyborn location. Pours a clear amber red with a tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma is slightly vinous with tart berries with a hint of underlying sweet grain. Flavor has tart strawberry with a bit of a red wine note and a bit of a thin grainy yet tart finish.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at clybourn, pours amber with small off white head. Aroma of hay, cherry, vanilla, and nuts. Flavors of cherry, nuts, honey, crisp and clean Good stuff.
Keir (180) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ GI-Clybourn. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin light tan head. Nose of sour cherries, dark fruits, a touch of alcohol. Nose is stronger than the taste. Taste is light; berries, tart cherries, a bit of sourness. Crisp and dry. Best beer of the day.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Clybourn. Pours an attractive reddish brown, quite clear. The nose is a bit offputting, strong acetone and a faint vinegar note. This dissipates later and fades into musty caramel and malt. On tasting, much better and cleaner. No sharpness. Soft and berry like. Cherry and soft strawberry. Herbal an grassy. The strawberry esters are a really cool addition here. Quite clean overall and the acid balance is really nice. Solid Red (not sure why they called it a brown?).
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at gy cly and poured in a tulip... Pours a somewhat hazy deeper copper hue, rather consistent throughout, and topped with a thin one finger frothy white head retreating slowly leaving a wispy film... Aroma is somewhat sharp and lactic at first. Slightly seedy berries surface next with a modicum of caramel malt shying away underneath. Sour berry fruit essence mostly... Flavors lean toward the aforementioned but a toasty malt and yeast presence. Sourness completely held in check and more of a brown ale influence takes precedence. Fruit aspects noticed in the aroma are a small shadow of its olfactory partner. Middle gets somewhat muddled between sweet, sour, and malty grain before finishing with an earthy slightly bitter accent. After having warmed, the sourness comes into play a touch more with more if a fruity brown ale and berry bent but still held at bay for the majority. Medium bodied overall with adequate carbination. I’d drink it again but still lacking in some ways especially with the nose being so inviting.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Beer Under Glass 2012 (Chicago, IL). Unoaked Stainless Lacto. Pours a rich well hazed brownish pour, firm haziness, with some glowing orange edges. A big frothy tannish head atop stays thick overall, laces well. Aromas are gentle toast, brown malts, and spice. A touch of tart red berry. Faint cherry, strawberry, and gentle sweetness. Gentle sourness, lactic twang. Initial is medium bodied, lighter end offering rich strawberry, tartness, gentle raspberry jam, tart strawberries grow. Middle is tart, mellow sweetness, gentle yougrt and lactic elements. Backend offers more growing firm sourness, lacto, gentle funk. Rich strawberry element, gentle tartness and dryness grow into the finish. Quality more gentle sour beer with rich flavors.. nose seems a bit weak, but really nice overall. Look forward to the barrel aged version.