jonno (2345) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big volumous, vinious with a wild streak. Lots and lots of flavours, red wne, berries, vinegar, cherry, apricot, vanilla, wood, some smoked notes. Has come together really well and the flavours just linger and unfold on the tongue.
TimE (4118) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color. Huge hit in the nose, dark chocolate mousse, molasses, cherries, prunes, a touch of vanilla in the nose. Really amazing nose. Big rich mouth with brandy and cherries really pronounced, tons of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Very full body. Low carbonation. Malty rich, but never cloying. Super delicious high ABV beer. Fantastic. Vanilla, dark cherries and a touch of chocolate linger in the finish. Warming finish. Superrrrrrrrbbbbb.
BuckeyeBoy (3609) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at hotd. Pours out a muddy mahogany topped with a small tan head. Nose is great barrel cherries sweetness and some booze. Taste is as the nose with lots of nice cherries some light tartness and a nice brandy kick.
Experiment_Ale (1088) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Hair of the Dog with Taylor, Stephen, Dina, and Rob. Pours dark maroon ruby port no head. Aroma is sweet port, kind of sweet red cherries, cranberry, complex red wine. Taste is interesting delicious brandy-like, sweetness is pleasent but balances the complex notes like a fine sherry or port, alcohol is deliciously dressed up with the various other notes. This thing is fantastic.
Steve_0 (3346) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brewery. Pour is a beautifully deep merlot with a small head that quickly dissipated. Big plummy, grapey, heavy wood, light peach skin, woody, red wine, and toffee aroma. Taste is super complex - very wine like, tangy, grapey, tannic, woody, awesome fruit notes, ripe cherries and leather. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very complex and very delicious.
78samh (218) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass from the brewery. Dark brown with a slight pink head. Aroma is sweet and boozey. Taste is cherry, oak, booze. Very rich! Pairs well with the pork toast.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours brown with a pinkish head. The aroma has lots of brandy, hints of cherry, brown sugar and an English barleywine yeastiness. It has a rich lush body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor has lush cherries, brandy, chocolate and leather,. The finish has mild heat added and is very pleasant. Nice try try this special release while visiting.
tiong (4734) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Hair of the Dog, Portland, OR
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of malts, cherries, wood, vanilla, oak and ripe fruits. Taste is smooth, heavy, complex and sweetish with loads of wood, cherries, oak, vanilla and raisins. Finish is sweet, malty and woody with loads of cherries and oak. Quite smooth, yet heavy and complex.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ HotD... Poured deep dark, bear black with purple/red highlights towards the edges. Aroma if cherry skins, grenadine, and spirits. Mouthfeel wasn’t too heavy. Lush black cherry flavors, with vanilla cream and a strong sweetness mixed with oak and prunes/raisins. Some alcohol warmth but thinned out with the soft carbonation. More cherry flavor towards the finish.
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery.
A: Dark cherry red. Thin head. Some lacing.
N: Big cherry, brown sugar, prune, caramel, and honey. Vanilla and molasses. Some soy sauce. Licorice, oak, and raisin.
T: Very sweet, but not at all cloying. I’m a bit surprised, honestly. Some fruit here.
M: Treacly without any alcohol burn.
O: Holy crap. It’s like a take on Matt. This has been reined in and is quite good where Cherry Fred is not.