Sammy (10889) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Iron Hill. At cold temp, you got the rum and dark fruit. Roast. RIch with no head, then a little circle of white. Cherry replaces plain sourness. Good drinkability. Great ageing experiment.
bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that says it is from Delaware; 2012 vintage - thanks dmac! Pours dark dark chestnut, quite small tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is acetic, sharp, wood tannins, tart cherries, rum. Flavor is medium tart, kind of harsh woody vinegar on top of some roasty malt and tart cherry, oak tannins, lingering rum on the finish. Lightish body, low carbonation. Interesting, not great.
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Wilmington location (I think). I sat on this bottle maybe too long (9ish months to a year). The pour was vigorous and very little carbonation. Sour and funky with a rum sweetness that was neither boozy or cloying. Some porteresque smoky notes were discernible underneath. An okay offering. Not spectacular. Should have gotten another bottle of RIS instead. :(
pineypower (3034) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Maple Shade via folks, thanks guys! Pours out a dark brown color with not much of an off white head. Aroma is funky brett, wood, sour cherries, lightly sweet/boozy eathy rum notes, and some wet soil. Taste is chocolate malt, roast, tobacco, rum, funky brett, some vanilla, light booze, some tart/acidic funk in the finish with a bit of lingering alcohol burn. Complex beer with a slightly thinner mouthfeel than I’d ideally like.
jcwattsrugger (12122) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 bottle @the dmac Monmouth Park Horserace Gathering shared by dmac-rum, sweet med malt, dk fruit. T-rum/wood,sweet med malt, dk fruit-sour, 2nd earthy hops.
dmac (5378) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Maple Shade shared at rb track day. Poured a thicker body dark black with an average tight foamy beige head. Aroma of light rum, dark toast, barrel, light sour cherry and lemon, burnt marshmellow. The body was thinner with light carbonation yet finishes foamy. Flavor of light rum, slight barrel, slight sourness, dark toast, some cherry and a light sour funk.
j12601 (9549) - 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 hazed black with a thin white head. Dirty cocoa, roast, soft acetic acid. Soft and sweet, cocoa, roast. Chocolate. Gentle acid, rum, wood. Tart acid. Tangy roast, dirty chocolate, roast. Tangy. Not as good as the bourbon.
jtclockwork (14606) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Monmouth Park tasting. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of chocolate covered sour cherry, sour berry fruits, red fruits, chalky cocoa, vanilla, oak and rum. Medium body.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL c&c thanks to Travlr! Clear black raspberry pour. Weak head. Nose brings some amazing funky red wine, raspberry, wine barrel, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie. Taste is not funky or sour really: red fruits, red wine tannic, chalky, cocoa powder dryness and bitterness. Nice and easily drinkable. Palate is a bit too chalky, powdery. Still, very enjoyable though red wine barrel seems the way to go with this base beer.
Travlr (20924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with craftyycarl21 et al. Murky purple maroon color, small off white head. Aroma of sour prunes, plums, dates. Taste is softly sour dark fruits. Nice body. Decent stuff.