NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from WLV, I think. Pours a dark red-brown. nice foamy offbeige head. Nose has honey, sour, stewed cherries and some nice citric element. The star hear is a nice fruity sweetness on the nose with a touch of vanilla. Super fizzy and round, a touch hot. Very deep layer of flavor, doesn’t finish dry at all. It does have an acidic carbonation note that mutes the flavor at first, then allows it to burst forward. Damn, this is certainly not for the faint of heart and is one of the most original beers I’ve had in ages. I’m getting some bourbon notes in here as well. Crazy good stuff!
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz bottle. This is an astonishing beer even at this young age. Poured a murky brown. Wonderfully aroma of sour cherry, berry, grapes and citrus. Flavor is very woody and carbonated. Very sharp with notes of pear and apple. This has a very unique sour ale flavor that apparently is rhubarb. Different and cool. This is a first effort? Astonishingly good. I have 3 bottles of this and I suspect if my hunch is right this will be a world class beer in a year or so. The carbonation is a bit sharp and the wood dominates a bit to much but this is a terrific sour and more importantly quite affordable.
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500, batch 49. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Murky dark brown with wispy trails of tan foam across the top. Green apple, red apple, and red wine grapes on the nose--no, wait, it turns out that those seeming three things are actually one thing, and that thing is rhubarb, from the rhubarb wine barrels, no doubt. Cool! Fizzy medium body with tons of tangy fruit, caramel, and a nicely placed mineral/lactic kick near the end.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 500ml bottle at miketds tasting
I have a bottle of the imperial stout in my cellar. After trying this I may just have to give it a try. This was a strong yet balanced sour ale that should improve with a little age.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid with a thin tannish head the dense red body sticks to the side of the glass. Sour like nail polish and tart cherries it stands out from your usual beer. A little intense it does everything you would expect.
Flavor / Palate - Nutty, brown and sour it dries out the throat quickly. Easy drinking and deceptive this is a great experiment from a brewer far from here. Funky and tart I could possibly drink a bottle of this alone but my stomach would not like me in the morning.
Rune (9344) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle, by courtesy of Knut Albert. Opaque, dark-red body under a light brownish coloured head. Rather sharp acetic aroma of fruit and berries. Filled with the sourness of dark and red berries, with hints of oak and yeast. I can understand that this is a well crafted brew, but it is not my kind of ale, yet. It needs a more experienced palate to give this one full justice [shared with Finn, Tromsø 22.11.2008].
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 500ml bottle (Batch 49, Brewed 10.10.06) and served in a tulip. This beer poured a dark mahogany hue with a two-finger thick head of tan foam that lingered for a bit. Some slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer included cherry pits, wet oak, fermented fruits, cider vinegar, and also a touch of alcohol. The flavor consisted of caramel, rasins, sour cherries, and oak. While moderately sweet, there is a nice sourness that helps even things out. Slightly puckering. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had light carbonation. This is some fantastic stuff!
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared at a tasting, thanks Eric. This beer smells like a Vietnamese nail salon in Wal-mart. Although the aroma is horrible, the flavor is quite good, nice and tart but not overly acidic as the aroma might indicate. Overall a decent beer flavor wise, but the aroma kills it for me.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in Norway...... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks waylo. Pours a reddish brown color with a dissipating white head. Aroma is strong, with some fruits like cherries, bananas, apples, and a hint of bourbon. Taste is of wood, dark cherries, lemons, and green apples. mouthfeel is sour with a slight warming effect that finishes dry. This sour ale is highly recommended.
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt -cookie, straw-, average hops -flowers, grass-, heavy yeast -horse blanket, barnyard- with notes of cherry, wood, medicine, and an Orval-esque funk. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a red body. Sour woody frunk. Balsamic vinegar sour brown flavor. Mmm sour cherries, woodiness with a bit of malt and very light etoh in the finish. I like it.