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.
juiceisloose (1163) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 500 ml bottle. Pours mostly clear and dark red in color and topped by a small fleeting head of beige colored foam that quickly fades leaving streaks of lace on the glass in its wake. The aroma shows notes of bourbon laden oak, vanilla from the barrel, tart cherries, and some candied sugar. The flavor follows with the tart cherries and oaky bourbon up front followed by some tannins and vanilla from the barrel. The bourbon is present but not overpowering, and not nearly as sour I would have thought. Some candied sweetness push through and balance out the tart cherries. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation that leads to a lengthy finish with sweet and tart cherries. This is probably past its prime now, but it has still held up well. Was hoping for a little more on the sourness, but still enjoyable and really glad I got to try it.
Dfonorow (1738) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is murky brown/orange with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both complex - oak, peat, slight cherry, sour mix, light caramel, light acidic, and dark fruit. Finish is sour, oak, and cherry juice. Good.
Experiment_Ale (1089) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At jacob’s with group. Pour is murky mustard brown. Aroma is musky, sweet bourbon, complex cherry funk. Taste is barrell, authentic cherry. A nice complex, barrel forward cherry sour.
jlruthven (590) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From long-gestating notes. Thanks to whoever provided this at mrpickles’ Black Friday tasting. Pours cherry-red with, surprisingly, a little wisp of faintly pink head. Nose is fleshy cherry, sweet yogurt, damp wood, just enough bourbon vanilla to tip the balance. Flavor follows, with a mouthfeel that’s just a tad thin. Dry finish, but the tang lingers for days. Insanely good.
mathieuc (2352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark red, head is small and offers good lacing. Nose is of caramel, bourbon with cherries coming in at a distant third place. Taste is really sweet and carries flavors of cherries, vanilla and bourbon. Too sweet, really. I didn’t take much notes about mouthfeel and finish, this wasn’t was I was expecting at all!
Minderbinder (2691) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours salmon/orange with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel, bourbon, cherries, sugar, little cinnamon heart-shaped candies. Taste is of cherries, caramel, sugar, again the same cinnamon candies. Palate: Light-medium body. Good balance. Not cloying. Overall: Very nice beer. Drinkable. Not heavily sour at all.
czar (5970) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours hazy almost cloudy copper-reddish with a small but reviving off-white head, nice lacing. woodsy bourbon vanilla, brown sugar - some sweetness, buttery nutty and fruity maltiness, coconut, spices - some cinnamon, bit more berries than cherries, bit of grass and pepper, light acidity - fairly linear, unfortunately a hint of garbage. moderate to low carbonation, light to medium body - tad heavy, barely tart and sweet fruity berry finish. more than decent sour but just o-k and nothing exceptional when considered a kriek..
tom10101 (4094) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). From levifunk, thanks! Amber with a small/medium off-white and good lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, sweet cherries, vanilla, cough syrup, spices/cinnamon and sugar. Taste is moderately sweet (almost cloying) with bourbon, sweet cherries, vanilla, cinnamon/spices and light sourness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. Decent Sour, but the mix of sweet cherries and bourbon is a tad ankward. A tad more sourness/less sweetness would help too. Blended with Jester King Aurelian Lure, the aroma was fantastic.
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rusty ruby brown with a trace of tan gaseous bubbles... the nose is rich cherry, boozy sweetness and nuances of old wood. The palate is full of fruit notes black cherry, apple, berry... pretty much tastes like a well balanced juicy juice that was aged in a old bourbon barrel. Nice rustic edges... tartness and a touch of bourbon heat comes through mid to late palate. Tasty !
kramer (5430) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red body with a minimal thin ring of head. The nose is coming across as a bit buttery with a slight bourbon note, not really showing any sourness at all, minimal alcohol note. The flavor is a mix of sweet and tart cherry with a nice vanilla and bourbon finish. The brightness that comes from the sour cherries reminds me a bit of Selins Grove Kriek actually. Mouthfeel is full and a little clingy with soft gentle carbonation. Pretty nice beer, the barrel aging is pretty well done.