BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50/156 thanks to a trade with St.Fun. Pours with a brown body and a minimal head, but the body stains the glass. Aroma of cabernet wine, oak, spiciness, fudge/chocolate, earthy, light sourness, nutshells and vanilla. Taste is sour, wet wood, a bit thin, vanilla, raspberry and cinnamon. Thin body, yet a creamy mouthfeel. Tannic.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle #69 shared by Kan, thanks
Deep brownish hue with reddish highlights with minimal head or lace. The aroma has a big sour fruit (red grapes and cherries) and oak vapour along with some walnut and chocolate, continuous lactic acid. The taste has a sour fruity overtone with some sweet malt background. Wine barrel tannic finish. The mouth feel is soft and refreshing. This will be nice with some more age methinks
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured a dark brown body with a dinkus light tan head. It had a fuzzy cherry nose with some dark caramel sweetness and a splash of milk chocolate. The flavor funks up a bit, the cherries get stronger (This should be a fruit beer.), the chocolate recedes, and a bit of oak is added. Quite nice.
beernbourbon (1390) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to pantanap at Chicago RB tasting. Pour is deep , dark brown with small off-white head. This beer has a notable wine character with hints of cherry and caramel malt. Also a faint funkiness and a lightly metallic note in the finish. Solid stuff
TheAlum (6289) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from pantanap. Thanks, Kan! Pours a dark brown, very dark, a small bubbly offhwhite head that clings to the corners. Aromas are sour cherries, sweet maraschino is smaller, a touch of sweet caramel malts, a touch of red wine tannin and vanilla. Initial is different, dark chocolate cherries, decent with red wine tannins provide mild bitterness, oak and faint vanilla. Some decent dark complexity. This is heavy cherry, some light dark chocolate, oak is plentiful with good red wine tannin. Very very good.
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a big thanks to pantanap for sharing this at the chicagoland ratebeer gathering. Pours a somewhat murky brown with a small beige head. Notes of sour cherries, chocolate, red wine, wood. Very much reminded me of consecration, but this was slighly less acidic and not quite as clean. A nice beer though which I’m quite happy to have tried.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of markwise, poured a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Nose is roasted malt with chocolate and molasses, slightly vinous with notes of cherry and oak. Body is on the thin side with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is also vinous and slightly tart with some roasted malt, cherry, and oak. Alcohol is well hidden but still warming. Finishes slightly tart.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle (69 of 156)... Pours a dark caramel brown with a very thin quickly dissipating head... Aroma of cocoa/chocolate with cherry notes thrown into the measure. Lightly tart.... Muddled and earthy sour cherry flavors. Very light carbonation with a somewhat medium body. Not bad but somewhat non-refined. Having said that I would have it again.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at paytoplay’s house. Bottle brought by hophead84. Thanks Shane! Wow great aroma. Lots of cherry. Lightly sweet. Thick body. Light tartness. Excellent.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish pour. Aroma is full of cherries,wood, wine grapes and a slight tartness. Flavor is cherries, wine, oak and a nice tart finish. Odd yeast strain for my taste buds.