puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC. The Supplication to Brute’s Temptation, I say. This has an intense oak aroma with some nice underlying cherry. Grapey flavor with a calm sour is backed by a metric ton of oak. Mellow and lovely. This isn’t a smack you in the face sour, but it still works rather well. When these barrels have been used a few more times and lose most of their oak flavor this should really come together.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Labeled as "Ithaca Vitus," draft @ BCTC. Pours a dark, pitty red-raspberry color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of dried dark fruits, cherries, and dust in the aroma; some fresh stemmy fruits and grassiness. Medium mouthfeel: light carbonation; dried cherries, light tartness; some dust and citrus notes; a touch stemmy and flabby in the mouth, though generous. Lengthy finish: tannic red fruits, ashy, and toasty malts; slight tartness.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Stupendous and extremely unique. Who makes grape-flavored beer? There’s Midas Touch, maybe Lamvinus... help me out here. This and Kuhnhenn came right out of nowhere at EBF 2008 and were a treat. A very nice, bright flavor (grapes, as promised) that was pretty well balanced. Among the very brassy carbonated Belgian browns (not like Achel or Rochefort) this was almost like champagne. Very nicely done!