mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 2007 bottle thanks to fordest. Murky brown pour with no head. Sweet, tart nose with wood and cherries. Very nice on the palate with a great cherry sweet and tart flavor.
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Chunky brown color. Aroma is tart as hell, with cherries, wood, and earth. Sour and vinegary as hell. Some cherries and funk. Damn tihs made my mouth pucker.
PhillyBeer2112 (2757) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FRO Throwdown: Brown and cloudy with floaties. Nice funk, sour with cherries. Big cherry pie sweetness and a long rounded sweet capstone.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle @ Monk’s Cafe: Had this during the Brett Pack Dinner during PBW. According to Tomme, this beer is aged in various oak barrels and then blended together. This one poured like a wine, not much carbonation. The color was a deep red. The aroma was cherry, oak. and vanilla. The flavor was FAN-tastic. Very sour cherry balanced by the oak and vanilla. Not an overly sweet aftertaste either. Very smooth. Definitely my favorite beer of the night. Almost wine like. I could see this being the way of the future, instead of wine, I’ll have a Red Poppy please.
sebletitje (9235) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09
Pours hazy brown.
Aroma of sour cherry and hints of oak. Overall the sourness just covers the aroma.
Taste had a lot of sourness going on with the cherries not being too upfront.
Nice effort on this sour.
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to Dark Guardian! Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Sour cherry vinegar, tart and tangy aroma. Taste is tart cherry, oak, white vinegar. Very sour, complex and interesting.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of oak and sour cherries are heavily dominating. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep oak notes with some cherry flavor also discernable. Very complex taste and some what similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru. I thought cherries would have been more prominent but they were somewhat loss in the mix.
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Dr. Matt Capone for bonusing this one onto me as a gigantic surprise! Pours turbid deep ruby with off-tan head. The nose is gorgeous....a medley of cherry, raspberry, earthy peaty notes, hops, oaky spirits, mild vanilla, florals. Tastes complex, rich, very well balanced, with a definite tartness balanced by an earthiness and a huge cherry, raspberry, and oaky bourbon flavor. The finish was tart, full of bery, cherry, and earthy notes, and very smooth. I’ve tried to trade for this, unsuccessfully, over the years, and I cannot thank Matt enough for sharing this one with me. If I die and go to Heaven, I want Matt and Capone’s to be right next door to me. Hell, I’ll even work for them for minimum wage, as long as Matt lets me live upstairs! Bravo to Capone’s, and bravo to Tomme Arthur, for continuing to make astounding, envelope-pushing beers with loads of character and complexity.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle. Thanks a ton to Kegbear for this. Pour is brown with a light red hue. Aroma is strong of tart cherries, floral characters, light spice, and light sweet malt. I thought I knew what I was smelling but then the flavor came and was beyond complex. Strong but smooth sourness compliments the cherries very well. There is a warming oak character that is very well blended in deep into the ale. Finish is mildly dry with some funky wild yeast notes. All I can say is, "Holy balance Batman!" Really great brew. Love the complexity and how drinkable it is.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle with jimbowood. Pours reddish brown with no head. Aroma of cherries and oak. Taste has nice funkiness to it with tart cherries. Easy drinking and refreshing.