Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to northernbrews. poured gold with a white head. aroma was pine, floral, and peach. flavor was pine, peach, oak, and floral notes. light body with dry finish.
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle thanks to northernbrews) nearly still amber, with no head. Nose of white wine barrel, vinous. Taste is very vinous, grape skins, tannic, alcohol, undercarbonated and a slick finish.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand Bottle… Hazy golden ale with no head. The nose is vinous and funky – wood, citrusy hops and Dap wood finish. Full-bodied with low carbonation. The flavor is medium to heavily bitter, lightly tart and woody. Lengthy, metallically bitter finish. Thanks to GoT and northernbrews for the sample!
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to northernbrews, clear golden pour with a sour peppery cherry aroma, flavor is sweaty, grainy sour lemons, nice finish
mar (5018) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
handbottle thanks to northernbrews. poured amber with no head. nose is oranges, pine, syrup, vanilla, wood, and lightly tart. nice palate, citrus, sour, wood, and a tart finish.
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.
S: The nose has some nice citrus hops along with a subtle tartness to it. A touch of funk and yeast, and a seemingly oaky smell that I was not expecting.
T: A mild tartness, apples, pears, and not really any hop character like the nose would make you believe. Not all that complex, surprisingly.
M: The body is medium with a pleasant carbonation and a bit dry.
D: I don’t really know if this was supposed to be sour, and I don’t think it was. But, the tartness actually worked pretty decently.
sthlm (1251) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[On-tap at RBSG] Pours cloudy brownish-amber with almost no head. Aroma is peach, barrel, and slight funkiness. The fruit character really stands out--nice. The taste is disappointing though, with a blast of alcohol, pepper, and notes of diacetyl. Medium mouthfeel, decent finish. Too hot, and the taste overall fell well short of the aroma.
dchmela (2827) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle, courtesy northernbrews, sampled at DDOS tasting. Hazy yellow pour. Sour tart wine barrel like aroma with lots of fresh orange, citrus hops. Smooth light malt, tart with a nicely balanced citrus hop bitterness. Very good.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dog Days of Summer Gathering
thanks GOT. handbottled.
golden-orange pour, thin white head.
nose keeps a moderate wood approach along with hops and some tropical fruits, tangy orange.
wood profile is mild. light citrus, honey sweetness, prickly/spiced mouthfeel along with some tropical fruits. Palate keeps a nice dry-hopped profile although the overall aspect along with the barrel aging made made for a low carbonation with mostly wood barrel and prickly mouthfeel coming through.
Barrel aging works well on this one.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle, courtesy northernbrews. The pour yields a hazy, deep, golden-amber colored body. A swirly, thin, khaki tinted film shows at the head, leaving behind no lacing. The nose is just downright strange. Based in a bready, kind of dried out caramel malt profile, things turn odd when aged, fading citrus hops meet notes of pickled gypsy peppers, just-pulled radishes, and loads of dusty, bretty earth character. I can’t discern any sort of specific barrel character, though that last Melot cask treatment was certainly heavy handed with the brett. Flavors follow suit, again quite dry, dusty, and earthy, with hints of citrus themed peppers and pickled veggies showing amidst aged citrus hops and a residual caramel background. That bretty, dry, earthy yeast is really a dominant factor. The palate is parching, almost bone dry, initially soft in terms of carbonation, with a prickly flurry on the finish. Medium bodied, it has clearly thinned out in the barrels. Overall, I found it to be interesting and enjoyable for as odd as it is, but I’m not sure it is all that congruous in thought or construction. It seems to me to be more of a "let’s just see what happens", blind sort of experiment.