50belair (2881) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Collin. Murky brown pour with a white head. Caramel and boozy bouquet. Sweet and a bit thin in the body with caramel, booze, cola, and dark fruit highlights. Average body and mouthfeel.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared by Sean (DuffManSW), thanks big time bro. Rating #40. Very clear dark amber/red color with a light tan head. Tart and fruity aroma, I wasn’t sure which one this was till I smelled it, brett version for sure. Sweet and fruity flavor, very mellow at first until the alcohol started to heat up the back of my throat, but still very smooth with not a lot of tartness at all, this if pretty freaking delicious. Thanks again Sean. (1420)
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Pours a dark brown with orange hues and a tan head. Aroma of dark toast, dark fruit, leather, brown sugar, brett an toasted oak. Flavor is very much the same and is sweet. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Very nice!
Huhzubendah (2856) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Matt, courtesy of Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
A: Hazy, reddish brown color with very little head. The head hastily withers to a thin, wispy layer and leaves virtually no lacing.
S: Sweet malts, toffee, alcohol, an atypical scent that must be brettanomyces. I am quite unfamiliar with brett in this context, and find this beer quite intriguing.
T: The beer is decent tasting. The flavor is unusual, but not off-putting, like I feared. Of course, it’s malt heavy with some nice toffee notes. Bourbon comes through in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish.
D: A fun and interesting beer. I’d have this again. This is a good bottle to share a few ways.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is wood spice, alcohol, and a little funky yeast. Taste is malty, musty dark fruit, and a ton of wood, light caramel, and alcohol.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, brewed May ’09, released May ’10--the last ’09 labeled batch was released in ’09, but brewed in ’08. Anyways, picked up from the brewery for ten bucks, all wax dipped and fancy (unlike the ’09 release). Also had this at Boonville, but didn’t like it as much as the pretty well flawless last batch. Clear deep ruby with a small beige head, fair retention. Flavor definitely has the funky fruit brett (more fruity--more specifically pineapple--than funky) notes in there (not dominant, but there nonetheless), moderate bourbon backtones with some light caramel malt and raisin sweetness. The flavor adds a light earthy element and some booze-soaked wood--the brett doesn’t seem as prevalent in the flavor, though this still doesn’t seem to have the awesomeness of last year’s batch either way. I’m getting some very light milk chocolate notes. Not getting much tang--just a little fruitiness as far as the infection/inoculation goes. The finish is semi-dry, lightly boozy, with bitterness peaking at a 3. Light carbonation with a thinner body than I would’ve wanted. Still very tasty, though last year’s was absolutely sublime (less hot, blended better IMO, etc.). This did definitely grow on me, and I like it much more than what I had in Boonville. I’m interested to see how much they bretted this, and how it’d be in a year/two years. . .
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, mohagany wood stained transparency. Nose is a tart experience with some candy sugar highlights and a vinious background. Flavors combine a somewhat chalky barleywine character with a lively brett influence. Nothing comes out as wow, but it all fits together without creating any issues. Hoppy bitterness in the finish but beforehand its pretty mellow and whatnot. Not offensive but not wow.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/17/11 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle sent to me in a trade by wavers1. Pours deep, hazy, copper brown, with an average tan head that slowly recedes to very thin, spotty lace. The nose is a nice mixture of dry brett and caramel/maple malt, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is lightly sweet with maple, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla up front, moving to a ton of dry, spicy, barnyard brett, and bourbon. The body is full with a somewhat creamy texture, light carbonation, and a long, caramel, whiskey, and dry brett finish.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to someone via trade. Poured deep amber with a beige head. Aroma was cherry, caramel, dark fruit, and cinnamon. Flavor was pretty much the same as the nose. Wonderful use of brett in this beer.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009. Brett. From Wavers1. Thanks! Ruddy, reddish brown. Dark, cloudy and beautiful. Aroma of sour funk (brett), tart cherry, charred caramel, and cola. Big oaky flavor. Massive wood, raisin, fig and bread. The big brett captured in nose is more subtle, as the flavor is more heavily dominated by the ten month bourbon aging. A simply beautiful version of a barley wine style I don’t enjoy as much as many do.