beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours black with a bit of a head to it. Very pleasant aroma that is mildly sour with oak, red wine vinegar, sour cherry, and vanilla. The flavor is sour, more sour than the aroma suggests. There is a multitude of flavor components that I can pick out but they never really come together to form a single cohesive structure. There’s red wine vinegar, sour cherry, vanilla, oak, and caramel all present. I was very glad that I was able to sample this beer and thank you to whoever brought it!
poisoneddwarf (1483) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 750 ml corked and caged bottle shared with brenn79. Thanks for the trade, Alen! Ugly black beer with no head. Aroma is astringent and consists of vinegar, dark fruits, almonds, wood, raisins, paint thinner. Taste is sour (8/10 on a sour scale) with a tannic savoriness that grips the sides of the tongue like a vice; lots of dark fruit notes. Carbonation is nil, full body, oily texture. Interesting.
brenn79 (1342) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours completely flat looking with a very dark red to black color. Aroma is strong in oak, bourbon, cherries, kind of spicy, pepper. The taste is more sour ale thankfully, mildly tart and dry, cherries and plums, oak, bourbon in the finish mostly. Body is medium and carbonation is massively low, but honestly that doesn’t bother me too much. Usually I prefer my beers more carbonated, but there is no denying this beers quality and drinkability. This is a beer that I am very glad I tried, but I don’t think I would ever buy another bottle.
CanIHave4Beers (2777) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of pantanap @ the Loineshawn wedding.
Pours dark, basically a black color... perfectly still.
The nose is balsamic vinegar coca, paper, & some light earthy funkiness.
The flavor is cardboard-y, with a bunch of nice red wine flavor, both bright red grape & tannic characteristics play well together here. It’s plenty boozy and vinegary as well, the tartness is nice & it’s plenty sour. Many aspects of this are really very pleasant, and maybe there is some bottle variation, but this one was oxidized & acetic to the point where a lot of those really fantastic flavors were muddled. I really like what the idea behind this beer, but the bottle I tried wasn’t so great.
abemorsten (2234) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle kindly saved and shared by gunnar. Clear deep mahogany body verging on black and headless. Lovely and inviting boozy prune port and barrel notes fill the nostrils. Full bodied, flat and syrupy texture. Delicious fruity and acidic with pungent raisin flavor and a fitting alco warmth. The acidity adds momentum to the swallowing sensation.
Sigmund (4541) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml corked bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV is 8.0%. Black colour, no head whatsoever. Intense sourish aroma, notes of brettanomyces, lemons and sour cherries, on a background of roasty notes. Intense and sour very rough flavour, lemony and woody. Too sour and rough for me, causes spasms in my tastebud and face muscles.
Holmen1 (1726) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: ikke antydning til skum, helt flat. Lyset greier ikke å trenge igjennom. Intens vinøs aroma. Første slurken snerper og det varmer straks i magen. Engelsk old strong ale blandet med kirsebær? Balsamicoeddik? Jeg blir ikke umiddelbart sjarmert. Veritas - intet sannhetsserum her, selv etter flere injeksjoner.
gunnar (4361) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at local tasting. Pours pitch black, no head at all. Aroma is light sour, bourbon,cocoa and vanilla. Taste is astringent sourish, over the top, lots of oak and vinegar, balsamico mouthfeel, interesting but a bit too odd.
TheHOFF43 (1439) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by TheAlum, thanks Adam. Pours almost black with some off-white head. Bourbon on the nose, didn’t get a ton of sour/wild from this.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle opened at the Kentucky Brunch Release (Decorah, IA). Don’t remember where I got this bottle. Pours a rich deep brownish hue, good darker near opaque qualites in the body. Some brownish copper glow on the far edges. Frothy tannish head atop dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are sour cherries, huge oak presence, some oxidation, gentle red wine and faint whiskey. A bit soupy, funky, some good brett, Lacto qualities, and carmelized and gentle sweet malts. A big brooding beer put through the oak barrel ringer. Initial is medium bodied, thinner and more put through the ringer than expected. Good red wine, cherryskins, and funk. Good huge red wine presence, tartness, cherries. Very smooth, well aged. Red wine, gentle funk, firm lactic presence as we move on. Some toasty and biscuity malts, a touch of sweetness. The cherries really come through as it warms, sour and tannic, good big red wine presence. Backend is tannic, cherry, almost a bit artificial. The beer is well oaked, dark yet huge oak and red wine presence. The whiskey element on the nose really gets covered up in the beer itself. Finish is big cherry, a bit brash and tannic at times but highly smooth at others. An odd beer. But pretty nice at times. Nose wasn’t great.