pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old bottle, no bourbon, 12 oz, says oak barrel aged on neck. Clearer reddish brown with a thin white head. Big fruity oak. A little sour, but not much. Really surprisingly little depth. Thin body, low carbonation. Thin nose, but fuller flavor. Sour, but not crazy. Oaky astringency, no vanilla. Lingering tannins. Fruit really lingers. 2007 standard release side by side was more sour, less oaky, but a hell of a lot fuller, and it was thinning out quite a bit too. The moral: drink sours sooner!
umich03jm (2494) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Ruby red pour with a very small head that fades to a thin ring. Huge aroma of cherry skins, vinegar, red wine, oak, and light sour funk. Tastes very vinegary and very sour yet it somehow drinks incredibly smooth. Big oak-y red wine taste as well with cherry skins, earth, and just a hint of funk. Finish is so smooth. Dry with just a little tartness. This has to be my favorite sour red/brown.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a capped 12oz bottle at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville, thanks to JR for sharing. Pours clear amber with no head. The nose is very interesting, starting to show some pretty serious oxidation, along with tons of oak, sour, signature JP funk, and plenty of caramel malt. The flavor is the same super funky and nice, balanced sour, and some caramel malt that is showing a bit stronger because of oxidation. The body is full with light carbonation, heavy tannin, and a long funky, sour, and oaky finish.
tectactoe (2978) - Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks, Mike. Ruby-tinted, dingy copper color. Not unlike the original La Roja, though maybe more opaque & murky overall. Less head, too. Subtle gray-tinted bubbles that recede quickly to a thin collar. Killer aroma of cherry skin, red apple, vinegar, huge wine-like vinousness, mild lactic acid with acetic undertones, lemon, & a wonderful oak presence. Not much "bourbon" explicitly, actually the booze is more like a red wine. A slight mildew-y cork funk is hiding in the background. Extremely tart & puckering up front with flavor of under-ripe cherries, sour apples, red grape skins, & a huge slab of old oak that’s been soaking in a bath of wine. There’s a good split between vinous & acetic. I know many people do not enough this vinegar-y flavor, but I love it when it’s not overdone. It’s perfect in this case. Once again, not as funky as the non-reserve version; just light touches of old wood, cork, & must, but that funk is more that replaced in the excessive sourness of this version. Somewhat acidic finish, ending dry as hell, hammering back the gum line a few millimeters. Great stuff.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tiny arse bottle. Hazy orange red with a small white head. Great sour cherry and funk aroma. Flavor is fairly sour and funky with big cherry and red fruits. Sharp acidity, biting palate. Really nice!
mcberko (8496) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from deyholla (thanks Derek), pours a murky dark amber with a tiny head. Nose is quite acetic, with notes of sourness, bourbon, and dark fruits. Flavour is very similar, with bourbon soaked dark sour fruits, some oxidation, and vinegar characterizing it. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of this to be honest - I just don’t think sour ales are that well-suited for bourbon barrel aging. Good for what it is, but severely overrated.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smell is bourbon red wine vanilla. Pours maroon. Taste is smooth oxidized dry wine and light bourbon. Light carbonation thin body.
SpongeRuiner (883) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy. It pours a faded dark red that’s still transparent. A silky light lacing and head. A tart sourness with a vinegar finish. Very good and drinkable. A big tart finish that stays on the lips. Very good stuff.
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Matt. Big thanks for this one! Pour is hazy orange with no head. Big vinegar, light caramel, urine, lemon peel, citrusy, and bready aroma. Taste is orange juice, sour vinegar, oak, cherries, grapefruit, urine, and lemons with a huge acetic sour finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Nice stuff.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small bottle shared by Dave. Aroma is an underripe red wine like a tempernio or pinot noir, oak, and cherry. Pours dull red with lots of carbonation. Taste is nice and tart with a very oaky pinot noir, sour cherry and some lemon. Very complex beer.
mathieuc (1893) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by tom10101, HUGE thanks! I owe you some! Pours a clear dark orange with no head and so no lacing. Aroma is sour cherries and wood, and by "sour cherries" I mean a full lactic acid shot to the nose. This one also felt a little more alcoholic than the regular but I must be imagining things. Taste is dry and not bracingly sour but a lot more acetic than the regular La Roja... Still mighty drinkable and refreshing! Carbonation was soft and not distracting. Overall a really nice product but not one that I’d consider vastly superior to the regular offering!