douglas88 (8335) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle at GABF 2012. Pours a almost totally black color with a small white head, A big nose of tobacco and roast, some odd barrel notes. A sweet mix of fruit and tobacco, leather, wood, earthy at times and roast. Interesting.
Ibrew2or3 (8082) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another very cool brew courtesy of markwise. Pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma has at first a thin pulse of roasty malts and molasses and then moving into modest red wine grape tartness as well as mild notes of oak. The taste is smooth to start with some roasty malts moving toward sour red wine and then some modest tartness too. It stays modestly tart into the finish and becomes somewhat refreshing.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, 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 (7976) - .....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!
BMan1113VR (7916) - 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.
Plovmand (7812) - 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.
nimbleprop (7354) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a watery, fully translucent black with ruddy edges and some creamy, fading head. Nose is big, vinous, red grapes, red wine vinegar, cherries. Flavor is sweet, tart, cherries, some nice chocolate roastiness, some balsamic, red grape. Sour but not abrasive, acidic finish.
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.
TheAlum (6935) - 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.
JaBier (6892) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Jackie O’s during the bottle release on 8/18/12. Darkest brown pour with no head. Aroma of sour cherry, funk, chocolate and roast. Very tart cherry flavor with a bit of chocolate in the finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/29/2010 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle #106 sample at the HSC Sour tasting on 6/19/10. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Tart cherry nose with red wine, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is cherry vinaigrette, red wine, chocolate and caramel with a tart cherry finish.