Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep caramely red-brown body, thin off-white head. Nose of cherry pit, toffee, and toast, sulfuric too, like a funkier Belgian Red with oak. Oaky, light or airy body with cherry, wheat, and sulfuric funk, not a lot of tart bite. Wispy, dusty finish. I don’t like this one as much as the unsoured Belgian Red.
VsXsV (1896) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost clear deep red liquid with medium off - white head. Aroma of buttery bourbon, earthy/fruity funk, cherries, red berries and lacto. Taste is dry and light to medium sour with notes of red berries, wood and buttery bourbon. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Weird. Bourbon and cherries doesn’t work that well together.
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7th May 2011
Clear pink - amber beer. Short lived pale cream coloured head. Crispy palate, semi dry. Nice cherry, mildly tart. Very well balanced with mild oaky vanilla and bourbon. Dry finish. Really tasty beer, unusual and well balanced.
Huhzubendah (2261) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is sunburst orange with a half inch of white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma offers oak, wine, booze, berries, wild yeast. The beer is tannic, with a blend of booze and fruit. Lots of wood comes through. Cherries soaked in bourbon. Nice balance of sweet cherries with tart flavors, boozy bourbon, and a general tannic / barrel character. Light bodied and smooth feeling on the palate. An interesting beer for sure. For what it is, this is very well done.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-02-2012
sherm1016 (1055) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle received in trade. Thanks Jason! Pours a clear, reddish brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is sour cherry, a little vanilla, a little funk. Medium body on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, cherry, vanilla, a little oak, a touch of bourbon, a little funk, with a sweet, sour cherry finish. I would have loved to been able to try this fresh, but I’m just glad I got to try it at all. I think the bourbon has probably faded somewhat, but it is still really tasty. Not super complex, but a very interesting mix of flavors.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GTMW 12. Pours a brownish red with a thin offwhite head. The nose shows vanilla, cherry pie, faint tartness and a hint of vinegar and maple syrup. The Bourbon Barrel definitely shows here. On tasting, it’s got that sweet and sour thing going on that makes it a bit tough for me to palate. Fortunately, the acidity wins in the end, drying out and cleaning it up. A bit too much barrel sourced vanilla for my liking but pretty cool with plenty of that Door County Cherry thing going on.
arkurzynski (1395) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTMW. Red-hued amber pour. Gentle notes of bourbon and oak with a perfumey cherry and light sour tinge. Flavor is tart, sweet cherry trailing out to a moderate sour, spicy cherry. Dry, sour finish with some lingering bourbon and vanilla. Wasn’t expecting this to be as sweet as it was. Very glad I got to try.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely absurd how good this beer is. A bit of everything.... oak flavor, vanilla, sour, tart, malty, bourbon, and nothing is overwhelming. A perfect blend, and about as close to a perfect beer as I’ve had.
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating No. 3,000.
Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of bourbon, maple and vanilla notes up front, with the accompanying tart cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same. All of the notes from the aroma are present in the flavor. If I had to summarize the flavor, I would say it tastes like bourbon-chocolate covered cherries. The tartness and a little hint of funk just add to the other notes. I have never had a beer that tastes quite like this and I hope I get to try it again, although that is probably unlikely. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of sour cherry, some vanilla and bourbon. Malty cherry flavor with light bourbon before a tart finish.