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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Originally brewed as a barleywine in December 2010 and allowed to age in bourbon oak barrels until matured into a one of a kind strong ale with distinct sour character. Notes of candied fruit and hints of chocolate and port wine. First served April 30, 2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle 305 of 365 from the Raleigh location. Pours a murky dark rust color with a thin fizzy off-white head that quickly fades. Aroma of heavy wood and whiskey, toffee, coconut, caramel, candied citrus, booze, mild sourness. The taste is caramel, raisin, bitter hops, citrus, wood, whiskey, toffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, peppery booze, slight lingering bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a hazy caramel color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart cherry, vinegar, lactic sour notes, caramel, sweet malts, wood and some acetone. I do get a little of the candied fruits from their description, but no chocolate. Interesting, but doesn’t fully come together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Dark red / brown color. Thin khaki head. Dots of lace. Light bitter boozy taste. Light liquor, some molasses, sugary syrup, dark fruit. Bigger body, light carbonation. Good long barrel aftertaste. Lightly sour. ABV well-hidden. OK, but not astounding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
bottle thanks beau. pours brown with thin head. aroma of tart wood. taste is tangy sour cherry very weird

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8114) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a murky caramel with off-white lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet, malty, and funky. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Cloudy browns and tanned hides with the deepest browns lurking at the bottom of my glass. A khaki collar lingers while a few swirls provides some spotty lace.
Nose: Spiced caramelized apples with their skins still attached followed by spiced caramelized apples crushed and pulped. Essence of the orchard they were picked from. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg are subtle. Raisins and prunes. Splintered wood old and worn.
Palate: A sour bretty lactic tang from start to finish races up and down my tongue and along the sides of my cheeks as they tingle in delight. Plum and purple grape skins. Old washed worn leather and tanned hides. Hint of citric acidity on the back of my tongue – orange and lemon. Whole wheat breads in the middle. Granny smith apples linger long after each quaff.
Final Thoughts: Fanfreakingtastic. Not a lot of the typical bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel but the bretty lactic sour notes more than makes up for it. Truly unique and very tasty. As much as brewing is about respecting traditions, it is even more about breaking those traditions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Sampled at the Raleigh Rare and Vintage tasting. Murky purplish pour with thin head. Aroma has a sour funky tartness to it, good, but not amazing. The flavor has even more sour funk, almost harshly sour and acidic. Very interesting sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle from Brewery. Pours dark ruby copper with a mild carbonation and almost no head. Very acetic nose, some bourbon and wood comes through. Very strong, some alcohol and fingernail polish remover. Very acetic flavor with some vanilla and oak and malt character. Tart and sharp palate, medium body. Interesting experiment, much to be hammered out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, grass, raisins, wood, leather, florals, and vanilla. Flavor of vinous, raisins, brett, light acetic, port, chocolate, and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2011
A hazed orange pour with light tan head and lace. Bourbon barrell, vanilla, oak, and abv on the aroma. BB, sour malt, hinto vanilla, and abv. A bit thin and watery but overall a nice beer.

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