douglas88 (5812) - 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 (1170) - 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 didn’t 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 (4100) - 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 (3152) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, 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 don’t 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 (7097) - 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!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured terribly cloudy with shades of dark red and brown. The nose showed off lots of cassis and was quite enjoyable. In the mouth it was dry with a cardboard-like flavor mixed with chocolate in malt. The finish was quick and simple but overall this was an enjoyable enough beer.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 Bottle - Pours a murky purple with floaties, large head that has the color if you mixed purple and brown (not sure what to call that color)...aroma is tart, fruit and raw grain, flavour bites back, sour and acidic, the currants are everpresent, but the rest is muddled and sharp...I really enjoyed this when I had it last year, a much different experience, and I don’t know if time in the bottle will continue to change this puppy...a great experience, but certainly one to share with a few friends...
matt7215 (2155) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from summer secret santa (i think if i got it from you and im not giving you the proper props im sorry). pours dreadful muddy purple/grey/brown. ugly purple nipple puff. this is the second worst pour ive ever seen and the other, oh, we do not speak its name!! aromas of gritty black current and nothing else. the flavour is tolerable and is all fruit. its actualy drinkable with no signs of infection or other badness. im sorry for rating this as im sure its way past its prime. i love HOTD and it pains me to give any of their bres a bad rating but this is the highest this could have scored this brew on the date i had it. if this makes me a bad person and a ratings whore then i again apoligize.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
8-28-08 bottle shared wtih lb4lb thanks to ditmier
Thick diarrhea water with no head. Smell is high fruity alcohol. Sharp sweet and tart flavor that has this huge aerosol hairspray flavor that just adheres to the tongue. Thick mouthfeel but not really in a good way. Just too chunky and awkward for me.