Bacterial (874) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Wow. I couldn’t stop smelling the small pour I received in my little snifter glass. Wow. Deep dark blackberry color. Holy hell there is a blackberry party in my nose! Taste also did not disappoint. How did they get so much fruit character into this beer? Sour and very blackberry.
knickskicks (563) - - DEC 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Purple pour, pink head that fizzles away. Nose is huge blackberry jam, sticks seeds and all. Some blackberry pie, funk, oak, vanilla. Taste is just huge fresh blackberries and a biting tartness. Thick mouthfeel for a low abv sour which is probably what separates this the most from my other favorite wild ales and lambics. It allows you to slip the beer slowly and bask in its perfection. My new favorite beer.
demmbonz (412) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml to sniffers with the wife. Pours a most beautiful reddish purple that gets thick like jam towards the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of lemon funk and juicy red fruit. Tastes like blackberry fruit overload with tons of sourness. Spritzy biting carbonation. I’m not a sour drinker but wow this was amazing.
madvike (2403) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by levifunk...thanks Levi! - Pours purple, opaque, with no head. Nose is big jammy blackberries, light tartness, and real seedy. Just tons of pungent fruit. Taste is the same--tons of blackberry, real pungent and deep, with a bit of vinegar/lemon tartness. A real puckering finish with a long, tart acidity that lingers for awhile. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Lives up to the hype.
adnielsen (7596) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV, Day 2. Thanks to TheAlum for sending! Huge thanks! Pours a murky bright maroon purple appearance with a pink head. Quite tart blackberry pie, vanilla, raspberry, fairly funky, juicy fruit gummy aroma. Really bright nose. Thick jammy sour blackberry, fleshy berry, a bit woody/oaky, slight cheesy/funky flavor. Really bright and sour berries. Quite tasty.
jcnielsen (1330) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing this bottle. Pours a purple color with white head. Blackberry, jam, fruity aromas. Zesty, blackberry, tart flavors. Interesting.
bytemesis (2175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah baby - thanks to cbfobes for this one! Pours totally cloudy reddish purple with a small pink head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Aroma is, well, blackberry. Pure and simple. Perhaps a touch of oak in there somewhere, but really just blackberry. Given the aroma, flavor is surprisingly tart, puckering the tongue instantly. There is a bit of initial balancing sweetness as well, but it backs off quickly and dries out big time. Flavors are really blackberry fruit dominated, with some oak, lemon and just a tiny bit of funkiness. Medium body. This is a beer that highlights what New Glarus does best - fruit that tastes like fruit. However, in the end, it really beats hard on just two notes - blackberry and tart, and thus lacks the complexity of the best in class. Still, an interesting and quality beer.
barn0216 (305) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy red, purple color, juice-like. Smells like a glass full of blackberries, earthy, tart but not otherwise indicative of a sour. Flavor is similar, very tart, dry. It gets a high score for originality but not complexity.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thank you sir! Small gusher. Murky royal purple color, pink head. Aroma of intense fruit, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, light lemon. Taste is very fruity, very subtle sour finish, light dust. Nice.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Pat’s tasting, thanks Jake. Dark purple pour with a pink head. What a nose. Blackberry jam, lots of citric acidity, and seedy fruit. Hints of champane yeastiness. Flavor is very nicely tart. Lots of citric character, sour patch kids, and blackberry jam. Seedy berry, champagne, and really great fruit character.