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.
cards04 (1430) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black with no head. Aromas are sherry, grapes, raisins, chocolate. Sour chocolate covered flavors is what this tastes like. vinous. Awesome.
HonusWagner (1156) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intense, complex monster of a beer that ALMOST gets to a level of greatness. Very low carbonation, big surprise. Nose has heavy bourbon but also tart cherry and a touch of acetone. The flavors move through a bunch of phases, opens with a bourbon roasty rich character like Bourbonic Plague, then gets right into tart cherry like a Cuvee de Tomme, but the finish is INTENSELY BURNING DEATH RAY. Just really fucking sour, with a vineous character. A shame.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nostrils: plum, boose, oak, paper, lightly sour, some sort of red wine, oaky, grapes. Yap: sour cherry, oak, tasty vinegar, tart tart, lemon, very woody, very yummo.
dfearnley (732) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip
Sour cherry, raisin, grape, oak, and vanilla.
Deep reddish black, no head.
Puckering sour, cherry, grape, vinous, wine.
Wow. I could give this to a wine drinker and they’d have no clue that it’s a beer.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Sour cherry, chocolate, tobacco and vinous with some barrel. Jet black with no head. Huge wine notes, chocolate, sourness and oak. So complex, that every minute I get something different. I may now be a Lost Abbey fan.
kbudd19 (371) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark black oil like pour. Aroma - complex aroma, sour cherries, oak, some bourbon. No head to speak of, taste - very little carbonation (almost none) wine like notes, vinous, sour fruit character, very complex. Really intersting beer.
beerbill (3255) - 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 (1603) - 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 (1414) - 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 (2880) - 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.