mkgrenwel (500) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy pale straw color. Milky white head maintains complete cover over the surface. Aroma of tart fruit and an odd slightly sour funky yogurt like character. Flavor really reminds me of blueberry yogurt. Has that slight sour acidity to it, and an extremely thick creamy mouthfeel. Lots of fruit notes. Who knows if the blueberry flavor is just coming from the power of suggestion, but its hard to deny that this tastes like blueberries. Nice peppery finish rounds things out. Really refreshing and drinkable. Lots of flavors going on. A really pleasant drinking beer and a unique creation.
Lukaduke (1479) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a finger or two of fizzy white foam. The nose is really interesting with floral berry and concord grapes notes mingling nicely with rustic graininess that is inviting and very promising. The palate however falls short of the nose with a thin seltzer like carbonation and disjointed flavors of artificially sweetened seltzer, toasted malt and some trace fresh berry flavors that add more confusion rather than focus.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampeld at Kyle’s tasting. A fair amount of hops. I do not detect any blueberry, and it is my understanding there are not berries in this beer. Earthy yeast. decent.
radarsock (631) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wheat and unripe blueberries. That’s about it. Some hop bitterness and spice by swallow, but it’s brief. So-so. Mildly tart. $2.25 for the 4oz pour at the Grog last night.
msnelling09 (72) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a pinkish orange color with hints of pale yellow. The beer forms a very small head of tiny, gently creamy bubbles that eventually form a ring. In body, the beer is hazy and opaque, but seems free of floating particles. On the nose, the beer smells of peppery esters with a touch of grapefruit citrus, and oh-so-slight tart berries. A light metallic scent is also notable alongside generic spice, clove, and banana. Bubblegum even plays a light note on the nose, helping to add yet another layer of complexity. On the tongue, the beer muddles the complexity with a fierce spiciness, little to no sweetness, a touch of fruit, and a middling herbal bitterness that seems too intense when paired with the spice of the beer. The finish is dry with touches of citric acidity and more spice. In flavor, the beer punches in with spicy peppers and mild clove and banana flavors that come out on the middle and finish of the sip. The finish also brings herbal and grassy bitters that are bit too harsh, and a continued assault of generic spice. As the beer warms, faint fruitiness can be sensed on the edges of the tongue, but this complexity is lost to the intensity of the spice. Slight woodsy and vegetal notes can also be sensed on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a weaker carbonation. In mouthfeel, the beer is crisp, slightly sharp, and harsh, with no balance between the spice, bitters, and all the other tastes. Overall, I love the idea of this beer and Vinland One was a true treat, but Vinland Two comes across far too unbalanced on the tongue. Where Vinland One had some nice fruity esters to hint at the plum the yeast was cultivated from, this beer loses even a sense of “berry” and ends up being a muddled mess of spice and herbal bitters. The nose is fantastically complex, but the rest of the beer doesn’t follow up. This beer needs more fruitiness and sugar to add balance. It is too harsh to drink, and the blueberry in its label is just misleading fruit beer drinkers at this point. This one was a rare miss from Mystic.
TheHOFF43 (1432) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with white head. Some funk, a little bit spicy, pretty boring but a good sipper.
portableparty (1876) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy white gold with a thin soapy white head that fades to a tiny thin film. Aroma is tart earthy some yeast slightly funky. Taste is funky tart yeast subtle lemon malt hidden spice. Palate is thin fizzy and drying. I like!
Bacterial (842) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at The Hoff’s tastings. Slightly hazy yellow pour. Soft and subtle. Slightly funky, not sour. Easy to drink, but not a ton happening.
BVery (5141) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from AJ - thanks! Light yellow and slightly hazy pour. Almos no head. Yeast and light lemon aroma. Crisp taste. Mild berry as well. Nice.
MaBeer1972 (1218) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle fro Julio’s. Rated from the bottom of the bottle. Pours out a cloudy burnt light orange with minimal white head but good bubbly carbonation. Aromas of earth, fruit and yeast. Flavor is yeasty and fruity. Definitely pick up the blueberry notes, however subtle they are. Low bitterness. Very interesting stuff!