SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle; pours clear, dark brown with trace white head; smells really nice cherry cookies; dry malt and vanilla; stale, spoiled cherries and red wine; smells better than it tastes, but thatís about the only good thing about this one; ugh
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle courtesy moejuck. Darkest rust/ruby/brown with just a few tan bubbles. Sweet and tart cherries- juice, flesh, and skins- some barrel funk, and subtle notes of roasty malt in the aroma. Smells great. Flavor adds a ton of vinous dark fruit, earthy cocoa, oxidation, tannic oak, and hints of vanilla. Medium body, smoother than balanced. The low carbonation works very well with the tart and tannic nature of this brew. Dry, sour, tannic finish. Great brew.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 11/22/2009...#80/156...thanks JohnGalt1!!! - Pours dk and clear brown with a tiny ring of beige head...aroma is chemically cherry, lt roast and some cocoa...flavour is similar, although incredibly thin, sour, old fruit, cocoa, lightly sour finish...this one was a bit of a disappointment...
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from StFun: 113 out of 300 and some odd number... Label looks a little different.. pink 70ís trippy jesus looking dude on it. Color, threw me off, dark, almost a light stout color with a little head full of lively little bubbles. Nice nose on this! Light cherries, some black cherries notes... Taste is very toned down, (in a good way) not the sourness that I was expecting but still very tasty. Well balanced with some other dark fruits and some Cab notes. Light body for porter base. Overall: A unique sour, that I enjoyed. Thanks Josh!
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #104 of 384.
3.5 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Two fingers of light brown head that fizzes away a bit faster than Iíd like and doesnít do much in terms of lacing.
4.0 S: The cherry isnít as intense as I remember at the release. I guess that happens with time, but I didnít think it would happen so soon. That isnít to say there isnít any cherry and what is there works well with the cabernet barrel to off a delightful vinous character. Overall, this is quite fruity from the actual fruit, the barrel, and the lactic tanginess. Iím picking up berries and in particular raspberries. Good balance between sweet and tart. Lightly funky and moderately tart/sour. Vanilla, oak, toasted malts, a touch of chocolate and maybe a hint of tannic astringency. Finally, this is teeming with that JOís house character.
4.0 T: Oak and vanilla are among the strongest flavors this time. Cherry again is a little lighter than I would prefer, though still tasty. The cabernet barrel again works wonderful in the taste as well. Vinous grape, cherry, and raspberry form a triumvirate of fruitiness. This wild ale is surprisingly tame on the acid front. Acetic acid is nowhere to be found, while lactic acid comes off as more fruity than anything. Again, a light funk. The porter comes through more in the taste. Toastiness with a considerable chocolate component.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth. A light creaminess, but I would prefer some more.
4.5 D: Another solid offering. I considered giving 4.5ís to some other scores, so I figured this is a good place to split the difference. Very flavorful and easy to drink.
Some day Iíll post my on-tap review from the release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 00:59:14
jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of smoke, roasty malts, and dark fruit. Tastes roasty yet fruity. Nice balance. Interesting beer. Not my favorite but still good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Hazy brown pour. Aroma is sour, cherry, funk. Flavor is sour, dirt, slight chocolate, funk.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer but it suffers from a thin feel. The beer has a good aroma - cherries, wine, chocolate, roast. Feel was oddly watery and it really washed out the flavor. I donít quite know what Iím reacting, but recently, Iíve had a few barrel-aged beers that seem to have really thinned out in the barrel.
beernbourbon (1213) - 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
MeadMe (1171) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another rare growler from markwise.
A: pours an amberish shade of brown with a rather small off white head. No retention or lace.
S: Nice sweet cherry juice with hints of tartness. Light roasted chocolate malt and oak.
T: Sweet and tart cherries. Some sweet juice and some under cherries as well. Notes of red wine,vinegar, roasted malt and light oak.
M: Medium in body light on the carbonation.
D: Damn good beer.