ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL - Picked up from Bottleworks...Opens with a pop and fakes you out...you have a good two second window before the starts gushing, so you think you’re a lucky guy...there are no lucky guys...Pours deep dk brown with a large tan head...aroma is very inviting, tannic wood, sour cherry, other dk fruit as well...flavour is nicely sour, old cherry, sour apple and some vinegar, phenolic...almost salty in its savoriness, very big in the mouth and finishes the same way...oddly addictive...didn’t get any bourbon, rosemary, honey, eye of newt or anything else that they threw in there...apparently it’s much better in the bottle than on draft... tasty
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. Cork in cage bottle. Courtesy of a friend of mine who lives in Seattle. Huge pop that gave way to a wispy vapor trail that was quickly followed by a frothy overflow. Sits with a deep mahogany color with shades of purple and a decent large bubbled collar of froth. Big vinous nose with some oak and a little touch of stale Brett funk. Bottle says that this is a blend of barrel aged Angel’s Share, Serpent Stout and Gift of the Magi. Based on the raisin and rosemary characters that are present I would guess that there is some 10 Commandments mixed into this as well. When the beer was colder the Gift of the Magi stood out with its subtle Brett flavors and pervasive dryness. As it warmed up it showed some red wine tannin flavors, hints of malt sweetness and some overly ripe dark fruit notes. Impressive sour character that hit hard towards the end. The high level of carbonation gives it an interesting tangy fizzy profile that was oddly reminiscent of pop rocks candy. Showed a level of complexity and depth that is lacking in many sours. Flavor profile changed dramatically as the beer warmed with the sweetness subsiding and the sourness taking over towards the end of the bottle. This beer is good now and could be fantastic with a couple years in the bottle. Wish I could get more.
neepsntatties (1027) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had some of this recently thanks to, "hannont". Colour... dark brown with a thick head. Nose... highly acetic and citric with hints of cola sirop. Palate... bursting with CO2! Next up, sour cola, moderate bitterness, dried stone fruits, apple skin and a long sweet-tart finish.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Port brouwers # 2 - black with thiinish bubbly ringsd and light foamy islands. Tart sour nose, funky vinnegar, light poop. Dark undertones very similar to 09 sinners to start. Cuvee is noticeable, dark malts and cherries. A little spicy perhaps. Flavor is cherry vinegar dark malts and some light spice. Lingering dark malt dryness and vinegar tart. Lingering tart. Bretty funk too. Lots of cuvee and ten commandments. Interesting but in the sinners 09 mold. Meh. 8 3 7 4 15
luttonm (1757) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2009. Dark cola with funky head. Nose is tart flat coca cola. Soft first sip that rises with bitter-sour grapes. Very flat, very odd. Strange blend, body is thin later. Interesting but don’t need to have again.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 09. Deep dark brown pour, with a smallish tan head. Lots of fruit - tart citrus and peaches meet darker malts and a cola note with some cherries. An almost roasty (baked?) malt contingent pounds back what would otherwise be very sour. Like a mix of cherry coke with La Folie.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark pour, medicinally sour taste, herbal like aroma. Leaves a bitter finish to the whole ordeal with just a slightly sour raisins and wine.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at bigwood. pours dark mahogany with caramel at the edges. no head or lace or legs. enormous sharp vinegar nose, lots of lacto. a little dark wooden tone in there as well. medium body, fully flat and watery with a bit of acidic bite. balsamic, caramel, and oak.
bvc (1123) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bigwood 09. Murky still cola brown with just slight head. Watery lacing with some legs. Tart funky wet wool barnyard nose going on...let’s dig in a little deeper. Lots of CdT going on, caramel, raisin, touch of herbal nose as well. Maybe some cheesiness also. Up front it is tart and sweet cherry cola that is balanced. Moves into more tart and raisin fruitiness with earthy wet wood and some rosemary. Nice blend.