Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. Night of the Barrels 2011.
Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin tan head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good amount of sweet malt plus some mild acetic acid. Oak character with a bit of vanillin and some brown sugar. The flavor brings together quite nicely with sugary sweetness plus some dark fruits and then finishes with some pitted fruits and mild acidity. Light barrel character throughout, eventually shining in the feel. Good balance through everything. Really nice brew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-17-2011
blklab2007 (1777) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
notb draft pour. aroma has sour cherry, some funk, dusty, and some raspberry. mouth feel is light and there is barely any carbonation. flavor has dried out brett, medium acidity, tart cherry, raspberry, and some barrel wood.
holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to drewbeerme for this pour. Bottle. Red brown no head, murky and dirty. Rich delicious smelling caramels toffe malts with vanilla and red fruit. Sweet caramels red fruit vanilla malts red fruits. Tart cherries acidic but balanced with caramels and fruit. Solid. 9/3/9/3/16.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Sparky. Pours REALLY murky, with zero head. Starts out with an aroma of Worcestershire, toffee, and funk. Flavor is vinegar and sour watermelon, balsamic, with great barrel character.
Sledutah (3631) - Utah, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Hazy brown with a very small off-white head and light lacing
Aroma: Sour dark fruit, caramel, spices and brandy
Taste: Sour cherries, oak, wine and brandy
Dry finish, this got much better as it warmed up. Nice.
douglas88 (5151) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 ounce bottle, corked. Pours a dark brown/red color with a tiny white bubble of head. A very interesting nose; brandy, super sweet fruit, lots of berries, some oak. The flavor is nice; sour tannins and fruit, large brandy and oak, grapes, quite vinous, burnt caramel. This is very good but the palate is very thin. Almost no carbonation. Sour but not acidic or overly strong in flavor. I think this is a nice brew for sure. Unique.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Murky dark amber color/ no head. Typical lost abbey house sour aromas of wet wood, sour bugs, sour dark fruit. Medium bodied with little, if any co2. Lightly sour dark pit fruit flavors with vanilla, wet wood, sour bug, aspirin-- I would rather drink a bottle of cheap red wine than this shit any day...
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle from my Sinners Club membership popped to watch the Bulls. Pours an unfortunate murky brownish pour, some red rusty hues, darker and more brown with a few loose bubbles atop. Seriously, where is the head? Aromas are a load of wet oak and red wine tannins, dry grapeskins, vanilla, sour cherries and touches of sour grapes, some raspberries, raisins. Caramel and toffee malt base slips in with touches of toast, touches of spirit, sour red fruits with just some small touches of vinegar working in, vinous dark fruits. Nose wins me back. Initial is medium bodied, lack of carbonation leaves this flabby on the palate, a touch oily with initial red wine dryness, sour cherries, sweet toffee moving into vanilla and wet oak in a good healthy quantity. Sticky toffee, toast, and dark fruits. Some raisin, plums are subtle. Decent sourness is light, tart red fruit gets a little acidic into the finish with flourishes of red wine vinegar and red wine barrel elements. Dry and lingering acidity with touches of sour sweet and mellow vanilla tannins and some sweet sturdy malts with dark fruit sticking around. The Angel Share barrel leaves some sticky malts, touches of brown sugar, and caramel lingering lightly in jabs but I feel the sour ale barrel up front with it’s Cab Franc grapes work really well with the red wine Amazing Grace, dry and decently sour with more lasting dry red wine tannins and decent acidity steals the show. That kiss of Angels Share or the reminder of it in the finish is impressive. If this was more carbonated, I’d really be digging it. Nice ager here. Had to punish the appearance, lack of carbonation is troublesome. If it gets on track in that department this score would/will jump 3-4 points. It’s that big of a flaw and that good of a beer in spite of it.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a hazy bruin body with an off white head. Sour cherries, malty sweet with a nice underlying funk. Light tannins, mild acidity, light funky leather notes. Mild tart pit cherry skins with a light woodiness. Nice offering.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 3/12/2011. This wild/sour ale pours a cloudy dark brown amber color from a 375ml bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, wood, prunes and bourbon. A medium to full bodied sour/wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, wood, raisins and bourbon. The hops are earthy. Little to no carbonation. Nice balance. Very complex flavors. Lots of oak tannins along with some cherry tartness. There is a whole lots going on in this beer and I am not sure it is finished doing what it is going to do. Some bottle aging should help. This one has the potential to be very interesting. For right now, it tart, oaky and sour. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.