Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of Skyview. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet oaky nose with quite some underlying berry sweetness. Medium body, quite sweet cherries and vanilla with a slightly tart edge. Not entirely sure about this. 311011
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Split with James and Dallay. Pours a slight amber with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma of pie crust, heavy fresh cherry, vanilla, lactose and cream, strawberries, and some smooth oak. Tastes like smoother, thinner, slighty creamier Enigma. Barrel aged Enigma. More tart than sour, this finishes thin and musty and full of dark cherry. Excellent sour cherry ale.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle split with pat and dallas. Pours a hazy amber red body with white lacing. Aroma is absolutely perfect - notes of tart, ripe sour cherries and light Bourbon waves. Mouthfeel is great fruity textures - mistletoe sweet and sour cherries not too much bourbon. Lots of fruit.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 Bottle with James and pat. Pours a clear red with thin head. Amazing smell. Cherries with oaked bourbon. Taste is light, tart, slighty funky. Bourbon cream mellows it out keeping it overly acidic. Ridiculously smooth. So complex.
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle again generously shared by Sparky @ Dakís Cantillon Tasting. Not nearly as complex nor was the Macintosh as forward but this did remind me a bit of Selinís Grove Phoenix Kriek. Lots of tart cherry skin, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, crisp apple, and vanilla. Subtle bourbon and oak. Medium mouthfeel. Havenít had anything but enjoyable from these guys!
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle cortesy oif adneilson (thanks Aaron!) poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, sour cherries, oak, vanilla and light funk. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of sour cherries, bourbon, oak, vanilla and light horseblanket funk with a smooth dry lightly tart lingering funky cherry finish. Glad I got to try this one!
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ ratmanís place. Thanks to TheAlum for the generous trade. Dark red, slightly violet appearance with a whitish head. Mild sweet bourbon, slightly oaky, tart cherry aroma. Quite tart cherry, mild bourbon, quite carbonated, mildly funky flavor. Tart fruity aftertaste. Tingly aftertaste. Awesome beer.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle shared at Dakís 5000 tasting). Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head. Aroma has cherry pie, bread and wood. Taste is sweet with lots of rich cherry. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth. Really nice beer that reminds me of a spiced cherry pie. Delicious.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from a forgotten trader - thanks, mystery man! It cannot be bad if itís New Glarus and thereís wood and cherries involved. And sure enough, this one was a delight. Deep dark red pour, translucent for the most and topped by a thin sheet of bubbles. Nose initially gives off meat and bourbon, interestingly enough, but soon includes overripe cherry skins, wood, and candy. Nice silky body, like Belgian Red, and the flavors are lovely, with booze, wood, and fruit blending together in ways that recall a tweaked Enigma.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Poured a lovely shade of clear reddish-amber with a little bit of dense off-white head on top. The aroma picked up sweet and sour cherries upfront, with funky lemon rind, some footy notes, and old oak barrels accenting.. totally decadent! The flavor found a bit sweeter cherries with complementary sour zest and metallic bourbon around.. some funky and earthy accents.. finished with some residual fruity sugar.. touches of oxidation on the back.. overall tasty, but not what I was hoping after the nose. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. OK feel and flow, but a little too grainy. Overall a solid brew.