Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade. Pours (as the tokyogoat said during our tasting) T.J. swamp water brown with a lighter colored head that had a slight purple tint. Tons of blueberry and Currants in the nose with a touch of booze. Tastes like you put a blueberry pie in the blender and drank it, yummy.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a sewer water brown, hazy, milky, with a small white head.
Nose is primarily tart apple.
Taste is tart, nice current flavors, green apple with big red wine flavors ont he back ends. Not sweet, slightly dry and tangy.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from 2005. Glad I got to try this . Bottle is about 3.5 years old to the day. I have to say this has the most unique appearance of any beer Iíve ever had, period. Pours a thick, milky rose color, completely cloudy. I thought it was mixed with sediment until the real sediment starting coming out, big, grainy purple things. Has the same sediment an old vintage port would have. In the glass it looks like Yoohoo or chocolate milk. No head and just really milky and strange looking. Crazy.
Aroma is subdued but I get some HOTD house character in there, some raspberries are also apparent underneath. A cream-like component is also present. Some vanilla as well. The berry component is actually fairly appealing. Flavor is strange, mead-like. Raspberries come out in the flavor along with a sharp, wine-like acidity thatís difficult to describe. Alcohol is still detectable which is a flaw in a beer with this ABV and age. Some fruity tartness is also present. This is very difficult to rate. Itís very interesting, not bad at all but I really canít say I am enjoying it that much. Iím at a loss.
cgarvieuk (19005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Bottle at DLD 09 ... Hazy pink brown ... sweet fruits ... definite rose petel in nose ... very sweet ... little tart sourness ... cherry fruit (ok must be blackcurrant) in background ... very nice.... 3.7
douglas88 (7795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 edition thanks to Eric. Pours a...what the hell is this? A red-strawberry color like a thick milkshake. A bubbly pink-white head. The aroma is interesting; strawberry, cassis, sweet berries and some odd alcohol. The flavor is interesting as well; tart cassis, sourness, wood, strawberry milkshake, super weird. A huge amount of pink particulates, soupy. Not bad, very unique.
neepsntatties (1575) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled this at a gathering of beer aficionados this evening. Colour... cloudy beyond measure and an interesting aubergine colour with a thin off white head. Nose... hmmmmm....slightly wine-like, but a non-vinifera fruit wine. Tartness and berry fragrances on the nose as well. Palate... initially tart and acetic but it dissipates quickly to a musky-yeasty quality. I didnít pick up much currant until it hit my soft palate, but even then it seemed a bit weak. I wonder how it tasted when it was young.
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 Bottle... Poured a murky, dull pink with a tiny head. Fruity, wine-like aroma. Very tart and sour with strong wine-like notes. A little bitterness from the alcohol which the fruit fermentation certainly endorsed. Some yeast and malt grains in the finish. Some berry flavors too but a lot of it seemed to have burned off with the aging of the bottle conditioned.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Andy! The color of strawberry puree, hazy and ringed in soft white lace. Aroma is puckery and filled with raspberry and strawberry jam, backed with a little fresh squeezed dark juice. Malt melds well and retains some strong yeast notes. Flavor is tart and slightly seedy dry. Acidic, dry and tart, like raspberry seed jam on rye toast. Rather dry and a bit high and dusty. Flavorful, but I donít feel like the fruit melds well with the beer base. I want more currants, otherwise this is fine.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to cschwaz (i think)!! hazy orange with thin white head; musky, oaky, dry and tart; cherry and wood mixed with stale malt; love the texture, but flavor is quite odd here; interesting to say the least
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Poured an odd shade of murky purplish-brown with a lovely initial cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up rich, aged, slightly sour currants, lemon rind, and clovey spices over a pale and lesser bready base.. lots of engaging fruit. The flavor was also dominated by the currants and was rather sour the whole way through.. pale malts and meaty berries provided the core.. finished with more tart berries and peppery warmth. Heavier-bodied with rolling carbonation across the palate.. tart on all fronts from the berries (got kind of oppressive at times).. overall a good and interesting brew!