blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, copper brown in color with a cherry and caramel toffee aroma, flavor of creamy butterscotch, cherry chocolates, tootsie rolls, bourbon, lasting finish
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Clear reddish copper orange color with an of white collared head. Slightly funky brett aroma mixed with sweet/tart cherries along with the bourbon oak notes with a hint of rarity. Light mouthfeel with some good carbonation. To me this has a nice complex and layered taste. The initial and easiest flavor to pick out is the cherries, I mean, letís be honest, New Glarus KNOWS how to make fruit beers and this one is no different. Besides the cherry goodness, there is a really nice blend of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Not really overaly sour by any means at all and I wonder how time will treat this bottles. Really a good beer that I suggest people try. Very drinkable.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a deep, orange-ruby color with high clarity, light effervescence; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with great retention and lacing (not surprised); beautiful pour. Aroma shows huge amounts of slightly overripe cherries and vanilla notes, in a way very similar to Enigma and their other barrel-aged offerings: warming (not in an alcohol sense), effusive barrel notes with nothing close to rough here; the bourbon presence is very quiet, just appearing as a very slight sour-mash edge; rounded, highly expressive; even some hints of cinnamon coming through. Medium body; medium carbonation; velvety on the palate; moderate levels of acidity, and a mild tartness (certainly not talking Cantillon-like levels of forwardness here), which isnít really surprising considering New Glarusí level of tartness in the past; lightly tart, overripe cherries mixed with toasty oak and vanilla; the cinnamon is more prominent than in the nose, and the bourbon is amped up just a touch as well: sour-mash, light brushes of alcohol, but overall very smooth and a minor role; the oxidative qualities throughout are pretty pronounced. Very enjoyable overall, and along the same lines as their previous barrel-aged sour-ish renditions. Medium finish of light toastiness and lingering overripe red fruits; balanced, soft toasty finish.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks kan. p hazed red wh head n butterscotch cherry vinegar, fl
sweet butterscotchy acidic cherry cough syrupy, odd stuff. iím not digging the bourbon in this one.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle shared by csbosox, thanks Chris. Pours clear but dark cola color. The aroma of the beer goes inline with the other New Glarus fruit brews. Iíll burrow Timís statement to describe the aroma, "vanilla-yeast-fruit." Iíll add "thick" to describe it. Itís strong and good (and very much like Belgian Red). There is sweet vanilla and some light bourbon. Flavor is akin to a thicker Belgian Red with a greater alcoholic bite, presumably from the Bourbon barrel. There is a bit of sourness but sweetness to overtake it. Basically, a Belgian Red from a Bourbon barrel.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BIG vanilla aroma comes storming out of the glass. I didnít find the cherry character overwhelming - it definitely played second fiddle to the bourbon barrel influence. Creamy, softened acidity with great balance as possessed by all of the R&Dís I have had thus far.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours brick red. smells of vanilla, sour cherries, oak and malt. nice and complex. tart on the tongue. more oaky than bourbon til itís pretty warm with the funky sour cherries always present. cool, cool beer!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this beer at Orange County Brew Ha Ha in Irvine, CA.
Thanks to Ron B. for sharing
Nicely done combination of tart cherry, sour and barrel aging. Tasty
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle shared by csbosox. Pour is mostly clear mahogany golden with a fizzy white head that falls pretty quick. Aroma is similar to the gueze, big oak vanilla, Brett and only mildly cherry. Taste is the vanilla oak up front, followed close behind by cherry fruit (skin, tart). The Bourbon is present, though in the back with a warm booziness. There is a herbal yeastiness that is reminiscent of the Belgian Red. Palate is medium, coats the mouth pleasantly, spritzy carbonation nice clean fruit finish. Thanks for sharing this one Chris.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml. Rich fruitiness, vanilla, a touch of bourbon, a fair amount of oak in the nose. Taste is prominant cherries, some lactic tartness, vanilla and some lingering light to moderate sourness. Lots of cherries in the finish.