DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Nose was distinctive with dark cherries and chocolate and a vinious, cabernet note in the finish. The cherry fumes gave off a touch of tarness, but it was mostly dark chocolate and cherries. The beer pours brown with an interesting red tint within. Head is tan and just a ring around the glass’ edge. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel..maybe a bit too thin, but still able to carry the nice vivid cherry character throughout. Oaky vinious notes are driving this from beginning to end. The alcohol is seemingly unnoticed in the flavors but certainly noticed in its warming effect. The only fault is the light body, but that might be whats making this beer work so good...so who knows. The cherries and cab barrell influence are making this a very refined experience. quite nice.
sebletitje (6700) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Markwise
pours reddish, no head.
aroma and flavor, loads of cherries / mild cherry tartness. Barrel on this one was rather enjoyable, not overdone, lingering chocolate malts, and dark fruits; currants. Cabernet adds a nice warming abv and grape like mouthfeel that blends perfectly with the barrel.
Another tasty treat by Jackie-O
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample during Jackie O’s 4th Anniversary Extravaganza. This was definitely one of my favorite beers of the weekend and one of two that I actually considered buying at the bottle sale. I think Brad loooooves brewing with berries! LOL. This one was great. Loads of roasted nuts, cherries, somc hints of vanilla sweetness ad even a tad sour. I enjoyed this beer immensely.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 26/156. Thanks, George. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is cherries, funk, and red wine. Flavor is cherries, red wine, and a little wood. Low carbonation and rather subtle flavors.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head. Some roasted notes, cherries in the nose. Flavor, cherry, some oak, chocolate and roast, some tartness on the finish. Pretty good.
Ibrew2or3 (6905) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another very cool brew courtesy of markwise. Pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma has at first a thin pulse of roasty malts and molasses and then moving into modest red wine grape tartness as well as mild notes of oak. The taste is smooth to start with some roasty malts moving toward sour red wine and then some modest tartness too. It stays modestly tart into the finish and becomes somewhat refreshing.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler … This beer rocks!… Murky, dark brown/almost black beer with a small, fat-bubbled, khaki head. The aroma offers sour cherries and funk along with back-seat components of chocolate, wood and toasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The tart, nutty flavor also displays cherries, wood and a vinous note. Tangy, dry finish. Growler of this world class beer courtesy of darkguardian!
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing. Flavors and aromas I like. Much like La Folie or cuvee De tomme. Very Good.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from George. 1st rating. Thick dark black pour. Dry tart aroma. Same for the flavor, a little dry, some tartness, very good. (1079)