heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Thanks to both JohnC and Vac. i was fortunate enough to try 4 at the Nooga. For silver foil 2003. Aroma of sour cherries, and red wine. Also brown sugar and maple. The taste is lightly sour vinous. There is also oak and pears. The body poured dark brown and red. For silver foil 2004. Aroma of brown sugar, flowers, maple and cherries. The taste was tart cherries, vinegar and a little grass. Also apple core. For 2004 gold label. Dark amber body. The aroma of sour cherries, honey, flowers and maple. The taste was sour cherries and apples with some tart cheese. 2005 Black Label. Brown and red body. Aroam of sweet apples, flowers and cinnamon. Taste of sour apples, cinnamon and high quality tobacco. There is also a little barnyard character.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I donít know where to start with this delightful beer. The aroma seemed both fruity and malty with a chocolatey bitter finish. the alcohol content was definately noted by taste and there was some sourness to it. The oak barrel tones definately came out and the woodiness was there.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very unique experience. I had no idea what I was in for when I started to try these various years and foils. It was most memorable. To begin, I was first given a sample of 2003 silver foil. Poured a deep brown with brick red hints. Very dark and opaque. The aroma was tart with deep fruit (I noted plum and fermented grapes). The flavor was sour and tart. Very crisp with lots of fruit (lemon, peach, and grapes). A veritable fruit cocktail. The body, as Iíve stated, was quite crisp. This is the one I rated at 4.1.
Next up was the 2004 Silver. This one poured a bit hazier and more brick red than the previous year. The aroma had some chalky tartness, and a swear I smelled some brine hiding in there. The flavor of this was even more intensely sour and tart than the 2003 (not surprising I guess). Again, I noted many fruit flavors. This time I noted Lemon, pear and grape. Full of fruit. The body was light and crisp. Jen said it was deliciously fruity. Full of berries, white peach, nectarine, and green fruit. Lastly she noted a hint of cherry. I only rated this at about a 3.9, though my wife would likely have given it another 4-4.1 at least.
I should have rated the gold foil but I was too far gone. Maybe some day.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating for 03 (Silver foil). Brown with red highlights. Big aroma of cherry and red wine. Nicely melded flavors of red wine, cherry, plus some woodsy flavors, too. and some hnts of rasin and prune. Statys nicely sour throughout. This, to me was the standout from the Noogfest. It may not get my highest rating, but it certainly the most memorable and Iíd love to get whole bottle to sip and contemplate.
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hell yes! Rating #1000. I thought I would never get there. Well anyways the aroma is cherries, raisins, and alcohol. The flavor is very sour and sweet at the same time with a lambic like quality to the flavor. A doughy presence with some white grapes, raisins, cherries, and slight whiskey background. I loved the stuff.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
well, i see my options are limited. though i had 3 different types of this beer i have to rate them all the same. had the silver foil 03, silver 04 and the black label 05. Doing a vertical, they seemed to get sweeter as they got newer. almost like sweet and sour sauce poured over prunes and apricots. the 05 had some mad grape flavors to it too
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Silver foil bottle from the first bottling of this beer, 2002 I think?? Insane beer and a wonderful thing at that. Raisins, leather, cherries, big & thick, the wood was very restrained which was good. This drank like a big California red(Iím a fan of Zinfandels) and was fairly astounding at that. Truly, Iíve never had anything that either tastes or SMELLS like this that I can recall. Awesome. The color was phenomenal...dark, almost black in the glass, with this glowing cherry red appearing through the back when the light hits it. Like something from a dream, it was surreal to behold. A beauty. Let it age. Iím really glad somebody made something so out there and scored a huge success with it.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours deep dark ruby, edging on total blackness with a small brown head which fades to only ringlet clinging to the edges of the glass. Large aromas of sour cherries, sugars, vinegar, yeast, slight woodsy aroma also. Flavor is amazing, so much to taste, tart cherries, berries, oak, spice, port wine, Cab wine. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel clings to the palate, mmmmm.
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a very darkish brown red and wih little carbonation. Aroma is really bretty, you can really tell a lot of brett was used in this beer. You can also somewhat smell a hint of cherries as well. Flavor is also pretty dominated by the brett. You can taste the sour cherries, but again they are overpowered by the brett. On a whole, I would say that this is the best brett beer Iíve ever had. Not what I was expecting, but very interesting. If you like sour beers this is a good one.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Label. Mostly opaque brown/black color. Big fizzy white head dissapates to a nice film. Acrid citrus aromatics, with notes pf apricot, peach, and curent. Very acidic, but smooth. Currant, citron, plum, and apricot flavors. Sweet and sour finish with lingering sour fruit flavors.