hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Very light gusher. Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of floaters. Aromas of wood, vanilla, spices, yeast, toasted malts and a little all around funkiness. Tastes of wood, spices, yeast, vanilla, and had a tart and sour cherry finish. Lively body.
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this rare Jolly Pumpkin treat. Pours a hazy reddish brown amber with small floaties and a small bubbly off white head. Aroma was vineous, tart fruits, perfume, oak, spicy with hints of bourbon hidden under the wild yeast. Flavor of yeast, bread, vineous, tart, light sour, oak and vanilla.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 100% blind rating.
Body is cloudy/murky dark reddish-amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs),
with notes of cherry, wood, sour apple skins, autumn leaves.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic,
lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Re-rating from a blind tasting didn’t change much from original rating (previously 3.4), but is definitely much more sour than before.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botted. Gusher. Beer is hazy medium caramel-brown colored with a large, off-white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P>The aroma’s first impression is tart and funky. Pretty FSA-like. It’s malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, light notes of caramel; Hoppy with moderate notes of lemon zest, light herb; Yeasty with light notes of brett-like barnyard, horseblanket, moderate wet basement. Light miscellaneous note of oak, burbon, red-fruit vinosity.<P>The flavor is moderately acidic, lightly sweet with a lightly acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P>The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of The_Man. Opened as a gusher. On pour the head didn’t erupt which was a bit strange. A deep brown color and essentially clear. Good dose of yeast sits on the bottom of the glass. Whitish head is everlasting, nice lacing is left. Aroma is very fruity/winelike. Bits of cherry and oak treat the snout. Barnlike aroma is mixed in mid sniff to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Quite winelike in taste, fruity, some acidity. Moderate oak and tannin. I don’t really get the bourbon in taste, to me I would have guessed that this hit a red wine barrel rather than bourbon. Quite a tasty beer!
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy orange beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with quite a lot of alcohol as well as peaches, the sweet notes reminds me of candy. The flavor is slightly acidic and bret-like combined with notes of grapes and wood. I’m surprised that I don’t pick up any bourbon notes when it has been on a bourbon cask for 14 months - maybe the cask is what gives it the bret note? I’m not really impressed - but it is not my favorite style.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Arg0’s Pre-RBSG Tasting at his pad:
Amber caramel color, off white head, light lacing. Nose of sweet and funky belgian notes, cranberry and cherry, bright bacteria and sweet crumbly malts. The flavor is rich, chewy, sweet cherry pie. Delicious and simple. Finishes appley, tart, lovely. Thanks artusory!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tawny brown velvet with a nice medium capping of firm dark ivory foam. Keeps a great collaring of fluffy firm foam and a decent skim always present. Loose and drippy lacing with some patchy globs and torn strings sticking.
Lovely aroma of slightly oaky sour vinegar floating atop of maple syrup, thick vanilla, sour apple, and some sticky malts that tender up some toffee and pale fruityness. Which helps keep this a very well-rounded and balanced nose.
Taste is just as nice. Lovely tamed pull of oaky vinegar sourness over a delicate malt play of soft, ripe fruits of tart cherries, apples, grapes, and a squeeze of orange oil. Very slight vanilla hints in the middle and a slight woody, earthy, taragon touch to it thats quite nice. Finishes with a peppy return of oaky sour grab as it faintly drys the throat and palate with a vinegar-like sweetness and tart fruit skin texture.
Feel is about medium with a very well balanced give and take of sour and sweet malt. Smooth and just down right balanced. The sour is just right here.
A superbly crafted brew by JP. Very subtle play and characteristics within the souring tones. Earthy, woody, and rounded with great additions in tartish fruit and cider juices and dryness. Outstandingly lavish and well made. Solid!
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Mr. Styles! Poured a clear, fiery orange with a short dusting of beige head and a little dark sediment resting at the bottom. Nose picked up dusty, dried cherries and vinous notes, rustic old barn must, sweet whiskey, and vanilla influence from the barrel. Lighter on the palate with spritzy carbonation... tart at the tip and sweeter through the finish... mild alcohol warmth capped it off. Flavor had musty, tart cherries at the core.. dusty floral hoppage and sweet whiskey not far off... and subtler notes of toasted vanilla and white pepper. Well balanced and integrated with the bourbon barrels. Another winner from JP! Thanks Chris!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whiskey is very prominent in the nose. On further investigation, floral, lavender and chocolate notes appear. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a fine bubbled tan head that recedes to cover with some soapy lacing. In the flavour, the barrel aging is more subdued or perhaps just better blended than in the aroma. Subdued notes of whiskey complement chocolate, toasty malts along with cherry and grape fruitiness. Tangy sourness makes an appearance especially towards the finish. Vanilla lingers on the tongue. Medium body is quite dry with moderate carbonation to pique the taste buds. Sampled at Mondial 2006.