dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted on draft at the release. As I drank this I thought more along the lines of Cognac, Port, and after dinner drink than I did beer. Think chocolate covered cherries with hints of Vanilla, Oak and just a touch of red wine from the barrels. At $35/bottle, this beer is best sipped and savored - it has a whole lot to like about it.
GRM (3238) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, from Stephen Morris, at Stephen Morris, at Stephen Morris’, savoured on December 12 2014; eye: dark brown, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, molasses, woody, light acidity, fig; mouth: roasted barley, molasses, woody, light acidity, light sourness, wild yeasts, acidic finale with presence of molasses, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, de Stephen Morris, chez Stephen Morris, savourée le 12 décembre 2014; œil : brun foncé, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, mélasse, boisé, légère acidité, figue; bouche : orge torréfiée, mélasse, boisé, légère acidité, légère aigreur, levures sauvages, finale acide avec présence de mélasse, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
PartyFowle (457) - - MAY 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours with great viscosity but is, sadly, flat as a pancake. Some big soapy bubbles pop, but there’s no lingering foam. The color is a super dark brown, like molten dark chocolate. Despite the initial disappointment, this has an amazing aroma that I can pick up from a few feet away. Dr. Pepper mixes with vanilla, tons of butterscotch, dark cherry syrup, some dark chocolate and ethanol. Very wine-like flavor. Tons of vinous oak mixes with fruit notes of cherry, blackberry and tart dark grapes. Barrel flavors are rampant: vanilla, caramel and butterscotch meld with substantial booziness. A smooth bright, blend. I dig that the body is a creamy, buttery medium body. I don’t dig the absence of bubbles, especially since this was given so long to condition. Tongue-numbing alcohol pummels the tongue alongside striking tartness. Veritas 009 could use some time away, either to carbonate or lose some alcohol. Still, it’s hard to argue against the flavors this one’s exhibiting. Brilliantly tasty stuff.
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL shared by McBerko. Completely flat, looks like old coffee. The beer is basically raisiny sour beer. That would all be fine if it weren’t completely flat. It’s a nice mix of the 2 elements with a hint of soy sauce at the end of the flavor.
andrewje41 (1178) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle generously shared by mcberko. Thanks! Pours black with no head. Heavy dark fruit and syrupy aroma. Flavor is a raisin bomb, with dark fruits, cherry, and brown sugar. A little offputting at first, but quickly grew on me m. Finishes worth sour dark fruit and more raisin. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Hope to find more of versions of this beer soon.
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to mcberko for sharing this tonight. Nearly headless pour; lovely clear deep ruby, dark brown in color. Aroma: molasses, dark fruit, brown sugar and plums. Soy sauce and raisins. Light nail polish. Tastes super rare. Sweet, raisiny, hints of chocolate, tobacco, leather. Some vinegar tartness. There’s an oddness to this I can’t quite place, but I like this. Nobody else at this table so far agrees, but it turns out I like sweet and sour dark balsamic vinegar beers -- sucks to be you guys :). Full body, slick oily syrupy texture, light carbonation. Overall: wonder what this would have been like years ago, but I still dig this.
mcberko (8723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a tiny head. Nose brings out very sour dark fruits, oak and medicinal notes - weird. Flavour is acetic as hell, with cough syrup, acetic notes, and tart fruits. Lots of things wrong with this. Acetic, vinegary and medicinal. Not good.
umich03jm (2552) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle thanks to tectactoe for sharing. Dark brown pour with no head. Aroma is sour berries, soy, chocolate, and red wine. Taste has a moderate to strong sourness. Lots of soy sauce and orange juice, some leather, light chocolate. Very acidic. Very hard to drink and I hate the taste. Couldn’t even finish my 3 oz sample.
tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Oily, squid’s ink black with no head, almost no visible carbonation. Aroma of cherry skin, balsamic vinegar, roast, faint acetone, burnt caramel, very faint licorice, molasses, some sweet-tart sourness. Flavor is heavily sour. Sour cherries dipped in vinegar, light roasted malt & coffee bean, huge lactic sourness, soaked wood, lemon flesh, a bit of acetone in the finish, quite acidic & puckering. Dry finish. This isn’t great.
boisebeerguy (88) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2015
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks Toby for letting me try this. Idk if it’s past it’s age or not, but this was not good. Tasted like smoke with some sourness, and very hard to finish my pour.
pushkinwow (2216) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
1.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle opened up at the 2014 Ottawa End of Year Gathering. Wow - I just didn’t get this one, and apparently had some different opinions from everyone else around the table. Dark pour that combined raisin, turpentine, cherries, oak and booze with a balsamic vinegar undertone. This was epically bad for me...to each their own I guess.