popery (1850) - 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.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of markwise. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of overripe cherries, red wine, light vinegar notes, hints of chocolate and toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with some sour overripe cherries, tart red wine, hints of chocolate, light floral esters. Medium body with a pleasing malty and tart finish.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head.
S-notes of wood, sweet cherries, very juicy red wines aromas, light dark malts, hints of chocolate, light creaminess, hint of medicinal and some lactic notes.
T-lots of dark sweet cherries, juicy red zinfendale, light tartness, notes of wood, milk chocolate and malt starts to come in with creamy vanilla, lactic acid, with a touch of medicinal.
M-medium creamy body, very smooth and soft with a nicely carbonated finish.
D-nice balance and very interesting. dark cherries and balanced make it like a chocolate covered cherry with a nice balance. very enjoyable, one of the best beers Iíve had from Jackie Oís.
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a light black with heavy brown influences coming through and a thinner light tan head that offers a couple wispy legs of lace as it recedes. The aroma is something else. There is a strong cherry up front. Itís a combination of sweet and sour cherries. I like it. There is a decent funkiness thatís going on behind them. Iíve heard people refer that this smells like a sour brown, and theyíre kind of right. There is a wet oak present, and some light cocoa and roast. It is not quite as good as a sour stout, but itís somewhere in the middle. The flavor is a bit different. There is a nice tartness up front, followed up by a pretty hefty roasty chocolate malt. There is a little barrel in it, but for the most part, the Cabernet seems to vanish. This is pretty welcome with some of the wine-barreled beers Iíve had. The mouth feel is decently thick with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly boozy cherry finish. The alcohol does poke through on the back end. This thing is pretty good for a beer Iíve never even heard of.
zathrus13 (1761) - 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.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep red. Nose is huge cherry and vinous characteristics. Flavor is sour and sweet cherries, unripe fruit, red wine, hints of vinegar, nice subtle wood flavors. Very dry finish. Awesome beer!
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
GMCC2181 (1579) - 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!
ineedbeer (1577) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Vintage bottle 360/384.
Aroma has medium chocolate, dark caramel and toffee with faint roast. Light acidity with moderate cherry, berry and cassis. Light alcohol spice.
Pours brown with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges and disappears. Light lacing and a sheet of alcohol.
Flavor has a moderate cherry character with quite a bit of berry and cassis. Some light oak notes with medium chocolate, dark caramel and toasted bread notes. Light alcohol spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty nice beer that has held up really well. A high alcohol version of a flemish style red with a bit more cherry character. A nice beer.
MeadMe (1570) - Fishhawk, 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.