Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy murky amber, sweet cherry, almond and vanilla. Tasty sourness.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of kbutler1. Thanks! Dark red vIolet appearance with a tan colored head. Sweet, cherry, vinous, oaky, vanilla aroma. Quite sour, but incredibly delicious cherry flavor on top of mildly oaky, vanilla taste. Sour and quite sweet cherry, vanilla finish. Not super sour. Excellent beer!
slowrunner77 (10098) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 "noticeable vanilla in the aroma and flavor. i like wood, but i think it this case it was a little too much, and made the beer a good/very good beer, when it had the potential to be a phenomenal beer. vanilla, oak, and funky cherry aroma. body is smooth with a lactic quality. flavor like the aroma, pretty well balanced sweet and sour, with the cherry coming through a little. i’d have liked it more sour. it was tart, but not quite sour. super smooth though, and a solid brew. thanks again to pfoxyjohn for this tasty elixir. Belgian Red still king, though."
This newest batch was even better. More oak funk and cherry. Up a tenth.
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is spice and cinammon. Medium mouthfeel with with spicey malt and oak with vanilla in the finish. very good
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to the GF. Pours a clear deep amber brown with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma is full of cinnamon and vanilla with underlying sour fruits and oak. Flavor begins with cinnamon and vanilla but oak and sour fruits grow toward the finish. Oddly, syrupy on the tongue.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
355mL thanks to one of my many trade partners. The pour is a clear, light reddish color (near pink) with a healthy, yellow head. Nose is incredible: wildly sweet and rich baked cherries with barleywine like notes of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla. Whoa. Taste....holy god. Amazing play between sweet fresh red fruit explosion and quenching sourness with no acid palate. Rather there is that enigmatic, no pun intended, New Glarus sour palate you get in the Old English Porter that is almost indescribable. It is rich and thick feeling, but also quenching and sour with mild anesthetic, clovey Christmas spices. So delicious. Overall, feels like New Glarus Belgian Red on crack with the palate perfection of New Glarus Old English Porter. Wow..
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to nuplastikk. Not sure what the vintage was, uploading rate from notes. Totally hazy dark brown red color. Little off-white head. Good ropes and bits of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Good vanilla, tasty caramel syrup. Nice dark fruit, light spicy barrel notes. Moderate sweet taste, light sour. Tasty, complex oak barrel-aged sour brown.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish pour. Sour cherry nose. Same taste plus some wood. Not cloying. Good.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried two different bottles of this at the Shenandoah Throwdown. One courtesy of Trevor which was a batch one and accounts for the bulk of my notes. The second is whatever the most recent batch was. Pours a clear ruby copper brown with a thin white head. Medium bodied, cherries, hints of sourness. Smooth and sweet. Light sweetness and a nice tang. The newer bottle was nice, but lacked the complexity of the older one. Not sure if that’s a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle that came as a trade bonus from skinnyguy- thanks again, Dan! Pours a clear dark brown color with a light reddish tint and a small beige head that fades into a small ring. Aroma of tart cherries, oak, wild yeast, caramel malts, vanilla, and something like an iced Starbucks coffee with a little cream. Flavor of tart cherries, lactic acid, caramel malts, vanilla, and metallic notes. Medium-bodied, with a metallic mouthfeel and crisp carbonation snap. Pretty cool beer.