CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle (from notes). Pours dark brown with reddish tint and a small beige ring. The aroma is tart cherry, vinous, dark caramel malt, some roast. The flavor is very similar; tart dark cherries, vinous, red grapes, light funk, roasted malts, some woody notes. I had various bottles over the course of the year, and although it changed some, I liked experiencing those changes.
Plovmand (6993) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off white head. The aroma is acid, cherries, light chocolate and some hard roasted malt. The flavour is quite acidic, cherries, sweet malt and chocolate. Quite vinous.
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Tart cherry aroma with some light roasted malts and light oaky notes. the flavor has tart cherry, sweet malt, light roast, oak, and some vinious notes. Good stuff.
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample from the newer creepier label .. . pours a ruby brown .. light head, light lacing .. . some cherry, jam, twisted yeast, and stupid flowers . . very quick finish with an empty finish .. needs more girth .. . . driving through an entire group of cyclists isn’t a tragedy, its justice!
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
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, 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
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.
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, pours the color of port wine, some white foam with bubbles, aromas of wine, earthy , flavors of young pinot, sour, leather, earthy fruit, chalky on finish
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A very fruity (all kinds of red fruits) oaky/tannic dark ale. Good sipper
How: Bottle shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Near black body topped by a small dark beige head
In long: Nose is very fruity but not particularly cherry-fruity, I notes berries of all kinds with plenty of oak barrels. Taste more of the same. This is a very fruity beer (wild berries, cherry skin, dark grapes, even some raspberries), some chocolate, some leather, vinous notes, a lot of oak tannins. Smooth carbonation. Quite tasty and actually very good too. This was my last rating at the RBSG 2011 grand tasting and my thoughts and prayers are with all those who same to Ratebeer Summer Gathering mega-party hoping to get laid.