durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers to JCB for the share. Damn, this was good. Nose is vanilla, wood, dark cherries, and bourbon. Not as intense or bourbony as expected, and for the better. Mild balsamic notes and tartness. Quite good.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
thanks hbmason for sharing-12oz bottle-bottled 8/6/10 Batch 5661-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is bourbon, medium malt-caramel, some tart fruit. Taste is tart/sweet cherry, medium malt-caramel, hint of bourbon in background, some spice hops. Good effervescence. Easy. If they brewed more than 5 bbls I’d drink this all day.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A semi-sweet cherry fruit beer (NOT a Wild/Sour) with plenty of cherries and vanilla. More drinkable than the New Glarus Belgian Red
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed approximately 8 months after the beer initial release (first and only batch so far). Bottle sent to me by justn, thanks a lot Justin
The look: Clear redish-copper body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Nose is halfway between fresh red cherries and maraschino cherries. Taste is crisp crackery malts, maraschino cherries, vanilla extract, some red color soft-candies, light medicinal notes. I don’t know if this beer is actually aged in Bourbon barrels, but I sure didn’t find any bourbon flavor in it. However, there was such a strong vanilla presence that one could easily guess it is aged in some kind of barrel, but not specifically bourbon. If you think of it as a Sour/Wild ale (current ratebeer classification) then you’re in for a real let-down. But if you think of it as a fruit beer then you’ll find that this cherry beer is actually quite good. Feels a lot less sweet than New Glarus own Belgian Red which I suspect is the base beer for this Bourbon Barrel Kriek. Actually it tastes a bit like a Belgian Red blended with a Selins Grove Phoenix Kriek and with vanilla added. As far as cherry based fruit beer is concerned I still prefer Selins Grove Phoenix Kriek but I preferred this Bourbon Barrel Kriek over their cloying Belgian Red. What this beer has going for it is drinkability. One of the rare cherry beers I could drink gallons of. I really loved that beer. Nothing says good cherry beer like New Glarus and nothing says I have not life like a 300 word rating.
emacgee (4427) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours the color of caramel with one finger of fizzy sandstone head. Nose is intense caramel cherry and almond with some wood and acetic character. Rich cherry and cherry skin with some wood, kind of sweet perceptually.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Jason! Fruity cherry pie, light vanilla, bourbon. Some metallic elements in the flavor, more cherry pie, some light funk, vinegar, oak. Solid.
beernbourbon (1421) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by unknown person, thanks! Pour is deep amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is very potent cherry syrup with a faint malt component. Very overwhelming grenadine. Flavor is much smoother with an incredible vanilla cherry pie flavor with light notes of roasted malt. Very good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, brewed 01/18/2010, bottled 08/06/2010, and consumed in May 2011 (9 months in the bottle). The pour yields a crystal clear body that is the color of strawberry-watermelon hard candy (think Jolly Ranchers). An initially fluffy, beige tinted head collapses quickly, leaving just a thin film with a skinny ring at the edge. A soapy wash mostly recedes, save for a scant few spots. The nose is distinctly lactic, showing a milky sort of yeast overtone. The bourbon barrel rings through clearly, hinting at woody peanut skins, oak char, mild caramel, and vanilla. Cherries are bright and red, more sweet than tart, hinting at freshly macerated pulp more than tannic, tart skins. Flavors follow suit, suggesting of maraschino cherries and sweet grenadine up front, with tangy, tart, wild black cherries zipping through on the back end. Tartness turns almost full-on sour as it hits the glands at the back of the mouth. Barrel influence primarily comes in the form of mild char and sweet, oaky vanilla. On the palate, lactic and citric acidity are pushed through a rounded, creamy foreground by fine, zippy carbonation. Sugars tend to concentrate on the finish, leaving a sticky heft that goes beyond what a 5.5% beer probably should. Overall, it’s quite a fine beer. A little sweet and sticky for my liking, but tasty nonetheless, and something I’d never refuse. Once again, Dan Carey stakes his claim as American Fruit Beer Master.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at tasting the night before DLD! Not sure who brought it, but thanks! Pours amber with little or no head. Aroma has hints of bourbon, cherries and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, vanilla and sour cherries. Pretty good beer.
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL Bottle. Thanks for the trade, Kevin. Big bourbon and dry white oak aroma, mingled with a pretty funky and odd cherry note. Flavors come through with a punch of bourbon early and flashingly fast, followed by a raw granular white sugar sweetness, and then a gentle light cooked cherry flavor. The cherry sure is fleeting and the sourness very restrained and pulled in. Feels a lot like NG’s other sour efforts, just a little too clean and dialed down. There’s something very drinkable about that restraint, but also kind of boring. I want more cherry, bourbon flavor, and funk.
Pailhead (5822) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of pantanap
Bottle: The aroma is sweet cherry with vanilla and a touch of sour cherry. It pours a transparent orangish-red with a minimal white ring for a head. The flavor starts with sweet cherry and a touch of vanilla. The finish has minimal sour cherry and a touch of oak. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.