50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Huny day. Brown pour with no head. The body is really thin on this one. Cherry nose. Sort of like a sour bruin with more cherry notes.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small beige head atop cola-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some vinous, light roast, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, bittersweet chocolate, light vinous. Medium body, some stickiness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel and vinous cherry nose. Starts with mild sweetness quickly giving way to a tart, puckering cherry and oak flavor before a drier, slightly warming finish. Pretty well-balanced with good complexity.
BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, Cabernet and oak, toast and nutty malt with light spicy hops. Flavor is tart cherry and Cabernet, toast malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
drfabulous (3398) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to ogglethorp. Bottle 171 of 384. Big sour/cherry taste. Little carbonation. Some vinegar and puckering. Really nice.
phaleslu (5210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 and 2011 vintages tried side-by-side. 2009: bottle 51/156, 2011: 229/384. Both poured a dark, murky brown with a reddish hue; the 2011 was deeper and redder and the 2009 was cloudier and browner. Aroma of cherries, grapes, oak, brown sugar, and toasted malts; the berries and cabernet really comes through stronger in the 2011 but the 2009 shows more complexity. Flavor of tart cherries, grapes, and plums, along with toast and oak. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. The 2009 is more tart and the 2011 is more vinous. Slight edge to the 2009, but both were very good.
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a reddish hue. Aroma is Oak, cab barrels. Flavor is heavy on the cab barrels. Almost tastes like wine. Nice finish with a hint of tart at the very end. Pretty good beer.
callmemickey (1876) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Real dark red-brown body. Thin tan head. No real retention, just the lightest hints of lacing.
S: Dark cherries, red wine, oak. You can tell its going to be tart and sweet.
T: Yup. The nose was right. Sweet cherry flavors are pronounced from start to finish. The barrel aged treatment is apparent. Vinous with a nice underlying oaky current. Tart, but not overwhelming.
M: Full-medium bodied. A little undercarbonated. Nice lingering tartness, that is not distracting.
O: An interesting beer for sure. Not the most profound offering, but thoroughly deserving if you are looking for a vinous-cherry brew.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 11/22/2009, bottle 3/156.
Pours a dark black cherry color with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a very thing ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Sweet, vinous dark fruit aroma with tons of cherry and subtle barrel character. Slightly tart smelling with faint oak countering the wine and sweet cherries. Underneath thereís a touch of roasted malt but the nose of this beer is dominated by the sweeter fruit notes.
Medium bodied with a lightly puckering, tart mouthfeel thatís balanced by sweet, vinous fruit and subtle roasted malt. Nice barrel character with some dry oak that compliments the tart cherries and a nice cabernet presence that gives off some nice vinous dark fruit notes. Hints of grape and dark berries compliment the sweet and tart cherries. Thereís also a bit more of a malt presence than the nose suggests with some chocolate, toast and caramel. More dry and tart than sour with an excellently masked ABV that makes it deceptively drinkable. Well balanced and pretty flavorful. One of the better beers Iíve had so far from Jackie Oís.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby brown color/ no head. Big sour cherry, tart red wine, wet wood tannin aromas. medium bodied with light co2. Lightly sour cherry flavors with caramel, spicy red wine, and mild chocolate--not bad