jcwattsrugger (11450) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-thin tan-dk brown. A-dk malt with some earthy/must character, some dk fruit, bourbon. T-follows.
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Maple Shade shared at rb day at the track. Poured a dark blackish brown medium density with a smaller foamy beige head. Aroma of light bourbon, some sour notes, medicinal, wet burnt toast, tar, asphalt and wet charcoal. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a chalky finish. Flavor isnt quite as complex as the aroma, sourness, bourbon, wet burnt toast with light chocolate and some sour black cherry. Good but not great.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dave at the Racetrack Gathering. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Soft acid, wood, bourbon, vanilla, roast and toast. Sweet acid, sour with warm roast. Acid, wood, cocoa, tasty.
jtclockwork (10658) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jesterdeal at tasting at my house. Pours very dark brown. Almost no head. Nose and taste of chocolate vinegar, cocoa, oak, diluted bourbon and dark cherries covered in chocolate. Lighter medium body. Very little acidity.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate cherry cordials, slight sap, and red wine. Pours deep Brown with sloppy film. Taste is sweet with brett yeast, cherry, oak and roast chocolate. Could be funkier but very pleasant.
Travlr (15635) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Newark. Extremely dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate covered raisins. Taste is softly sour prunes, plums, subtle coffee, subtle vanilla. Understated and subtle, a huge improvement over other sours from Iron Hill (Kreik et al). Very drinkable.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 cc from P-ville location. I did not see a # on this, but was told there were only 20 of each. Shared with neighborhood friends on New Year’s Eve. Poured thick hazy black with fizzy khaki head that went away quickly. Nose was roasty rauchy dark malt, tart cherry, bourbon. Tasted of oaky bourbon, vanilla, a lot of tart cherries. This one, compared to the other versions, had more bourbon and woody smoky notes to me, with the overall tart cherry background being kicked up a seeming notch also.
randomjuice290 (7) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ive had the original in Ithaca and loved it and I loved this beer too. It seems like it’s going to be a lot more complex then you think. Theres just a hint of bourbon and tart in the nose and the mouth is light with the same notes. It’s not overwhelming which isnt a bad thing. The barrel aging gives it an edge and the tart comes through more and more as it warms. All in all a great experience but at 30 bucks a bottle you may second guess yourself. I am sitting on a rum barrel version which I’m more excited for.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Dark brown with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of cherries, wood, bourbon, and I’m getting some smokiness. Tastes of bourbon, cherries, wood, and light vanilla.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #9 courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a very dark cola with a small thin beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma includes cherry, bourbon, vanilla, Brett, and almond. Taste begins with chocolate and dark fruit followed by bourbon flavor and slight booziness and then a wave of tart cherry leading to a crisp finish. Tart cherry and dark chocolate flavors linger after each sip.