arkurzynski (1855) - 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 (6055) - 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 (5739) - 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.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very red hue in the color with a thin white head. Smells like cherries and chardonnay. One of the best beers I’ve ever smelled. Taste is very tart with raspberry and cherry followed by funky brett and oak. AWESOME.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/14/2011. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.
My pour is an amber brown color with a transparent edge. A soft eggshell head slowly fades to a few islands and a collar around the edge.
Sweet bourbon, bready malt, and tart cherries create a simple and pleasant nose.
The flavor starts with a dark cherry sweetness. Next comes vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon, and then the flavor goes tart. Cherry and a bit of lemon zest to close out.
Slightly grainy, tart and salivating, smooth and creamy carbonation, and a light to medium body.
I enjoyed this overall, partly because I think I like sweet bourbon barrel aged beers.
pushkinwow (2293) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, made 1/18/10 and bottled 8/6/10 - can’t remember who from though. Unfortunately it dropped onto my favourite duvel collectors glass and broke both the glass and emptied the majority of the bottle. Also cut my thumb...boo hoo. O well. Dark amber with a tan head. Light vanilla, bourbon, oak, cherry, bit lactic, quite mellow. Low carbonation, moderate body, hint of sweetness but more lactic and vinegar, bit thin on the finish although a very nice vanilla, cherry and gueze like finish.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent tasting... Poured dark, murky, brownish-burgundy with an off-white head. Tart acidity with clean cherry flavor. Reminded me of maraschino charries. Oak, alcohol heat that was pleasant and balanced by the cutting sourness.
drfabulous (5055) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml thanks to ogglethorp. Big sour cherry nose and taste. Bourbon and some dash of vanilla. Oak adds tons of flavor, really transforms the cherry.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Served alongside the gueuze.
A - Pours reddish brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving slight streaks of lace down the glass.
S - Smells like a fresh baked cherry pie initially. Once it dies down a bit you get hints of vanilla, warm bourbon, brown sugar and a touch of chocolaty sweetness.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of sour maraschino cherries quickly giving way to hints of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel malt and some warming bourbon. The tartness dies down and the sweetness intensifies as it warms up. Finish is pretty sweet, lingering for some time after consumption.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sweet feel with a touch of warm bourbon coming through as it warms up.
O - I really enjoyed this one. The fruit matched very well with the warm bourbon. It had all the right flavors to keep me interested and it was very easy to drink. Awesome stuff.