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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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This beer is produced in memory of Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter. It is made with Organic Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts. Michael is fermented with a variety of yeasts and bacteria. It is aged in American oak and Sherry casks for 30 months and released every November from the Brewery only.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sarro (122) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle of older vintage. Will definitely re-review the new batch if given the chance. Michael pours a burnt orange with little heading. Smell is caramel, sweet & salty, light cherries plus an old ale? taste is overwhelming with bitter cherries and finishes dry. Something seemed a bit off about this one. It wasn’t very enjoyable for the 5 of us who sampled it.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (1946) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"A wonderful soft, fruity sour. 2012 bottle smells of oak, funk and leather. Quite wine like in the flavor, and a nice balance between sweet, sour, tannic...just good stuff."

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Murky golden, no head. Punchy crisp apple and sherry and bright nose crashing into the initial taste. Tartness is a cushion for a tingly fading chewy richness. Cursive and backwater bitter towards the finish.

Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Paul. Reddish amber with off white head. Aroma is nice, spicy, woody, dried fruits. Taste is nice, full of dried fruits, spicy funk, wood. Dry and tart. Delish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2009 12oz at the brewery in 2012 and 2013. Pours a darker orange to mahogany hue. Nose of soured fruit, blasts of oak, sherry, and some cherry. Flavors are similar with elements of sour red funk, barnyard, dark fruit, figs, sweet sherry, and candy. So thick and dank.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3125) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle shared with Belgbeergeek . Pours clear, dark orange . Good white head . Smell is sour, oaky . Taste is dry , sour , very fruity . Intense, but very elegant at the same time . Nice !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Dark amber pour with a white head. The aroma has some heavy cherry and sherry notes with some toffee thrown in. The flavor is similar, with some acidic cherry character complemented by some sweet toffee malt. There is also a fairly strong vinegar component to the flavor. The mix of sweet and sour is very well done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1595) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to mora...Pour is caramel with thin fading head..Nose is funk, tart, bugs, oak, spice...Taste is some vinegar, spice, oak, berries, tart, leather..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2665) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle at the Brewery. Pour is murky amber with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Tangy, figgy, green apples, caramelly, bready, and pears in the aroma. Taste is sour apples, lemon peel, biscuit, caramel, and pears with a moderately sour finish. Medi body with soft carbonation. Decent stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
At Hair of the Dog with Taylor, Stephen, Dina, and Rob. Pours dark mustard brown orange. Aroma is sour fig, apple. Taste is dark sour, huge oak, woody, figs, fizzy carmalized apple. Finish is alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2240) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle consumed at Hair of the Dog. Copper pour with a fleeting white head. Sour cherry and vinegar aromas. Nice vinegar, sour cherry, and malty notes. Good body and mouthfeel. Well done...


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