BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours with minimal head. Hazy, cola-brown hue. Glass coating. Aromas are quite complex. Vanilla, saw dust, oak, raisins, dried cherries, bourbon, red wine (my guess would be syrah), and alcohol. A slight fudge character as well. Mostly barrel and dark fruit notes which is fine by me. Flavors are sour, very vinous, raisins, madeira, cherry, chocolate, bourbon, spicy red wine, lots of alcohol, dates. Very chewy. Vinous, warming. Very complex. Could possibly use a bit more time to mellow. Interesting experiment.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely no head; pours black, but with yellow-brown reflections. Very fruity nose, but with burnt, stout-like undertones. Black chocolater; vinous, red wine notes. Sharp, acidic, even ever so slighlty vinegary touches upon more bitter, roasted/burnt background. Some red fruit, and a reminiscence of gooseberry, as well as lemon, and of course sour cherry; vinous again. Acidthinnig mixed with alcoholheat; yet viscous, really oily MF. Great, vinous beer, but the 002 was something else again. But I have a small nagging fear that my bottle wasn’t always kept in optimum conditions... Whatever, still 17/20...
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to peteinsd. Pours tepid, clear, deep cola red to ruby/brune with tan bubbles setting to nothing. Essentially flat. Nose is lightly acetic with small smoked malt, salt, bacon, cherry wood and mild sharp barbecue. Taste is tangy up front with some big lemon tartness. Small chalkiness in the palate but prevailing feel is lactic sourness. No acetic heat. Prevailing smoky stout character is overlain almost like smoked Serpents Stout has been added to this blend. I actually like this. Just, this is more of a tart, funky stout like Madrugada Obscura than a true sour ale. Only the JP beer is more recognizable as a stout and pours with powerful, perfect carbonation. Veritas 009 is essentially a lemony tart smoked stout with a hefty dose of truffle salt and bacon. Sharply tart lemon palate. Quite salty as it finishes.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to BOLTZ7555. Pours still mahogany and seems to have some decent legginess up the glass. The aroma is very complex with molasses, dark roastiness, some vanilla, a bit of smooth wood and various tartness around the edges. The taste is super duper with tart and soured notes rolling smoothly over molasses, hints of vanilla and dark roasted malts. If I concentrate I get a bit of dark chocolate too. I don’t like very many sours but I like this.
drowland (5688) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/2/11. Shared by daknole, thanks! Deep red pour with no head, as others have described. Rich aroma of tart cherries, general sourness, and definite tannins and vanilla barrel character. Rich flavor that is superbly tart, loaded with cherries, and a sense of tannic bitterness. Nice!
KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the RBSG. Nose of soy, vinegar, plum, shiitake mushrooms. Very sour, with Japanese ume, soy, port. Very aged feeling, and well funky. Interesting as hell, but a little bit hard to like. A challenging brew.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to someone, thanks! Pours black with a ruby hue and no head whatsoever. Aroma is full of sour cherries with backing dark grains and a bit of dry red wine. Flavor starts with dark grains, but quickly fills with tart cherries with a nice amount dry red wine. Flat, but didn’t matter.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle thanks to boamr) espresso brown pour, viscous in the glass, no carbonation at all though visible. Nose is mossy, old books, cherry, caramel, wet barrel and complex. Honestly the nose reminded me of a cement room, where someone sprayed a hose onto fresh moss, let it sit out in the sun for a few hours, and then you walked into the sealed room. It was that mossy smelling. Taste of rich cherry, tart, not acidic, light red wine, barrel, sunflower seed linger. Very complex and extremely unique. Quite polarizing at the tasting I went to, but a few of us loved it.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 750 ml bottle shared by STLWill- thanks a ton, Will! Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy plum brown color with a small tan ring for a head. Notes of vanilla, oak, tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, caramel, bourbon, grapes, and brown sugar. Amazing balance between the barrel sweetness and fruity sourness. Not overwhelming sourness, either, but nice and mellow. Medium-full body, with a tart, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really impressive. Re-Rate, 10/31/11: yep, still amazing. Re-rate, 7/27/13: Not as amazing. Totally flat.
TheAlum (4986) - 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.