phaleslu (6509) - 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.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a beautiful garnet with a touch of brown and a small and dissipating khaki head. Aroma is quite funky and sweet, with some spices in there as well. There is loads of cinnamon, lots of oak, some light fruitiness, cherry, cider vinegar, and some caramelly sweetness. The flavor is sharp, somewhat sweet, acidic and lightly to moderately tart, there is a light acidity and tartness as well. The body is moderate, carbonation is soft, and the finish is a mix of sweet and sour. Itís a nice beer, but itís really unfortunate that itís not bottle conditioned as I would really like a bit less sweetness and a bit more acidity. I wish I would have noticed when I had it if the previous batch was bottle conditioned or not.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is of oak, vanilla, light vinegar. Pours a beautiful auburn color, bright with a whispy white head and lace. Flavors initially of vanilla and woody barrel notes, sour cherries show up and make way for a light tangy vinegary finish. Cherries throughout are soft but noticeable. Drinkability is high. Sour is medium. Nice beer.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from fear025, thanks Jay! Pours a beautiful deep red color with excellent clarity and off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Immediately the nose provides cherries and oak, and the slighest hint of smoky meat. The first sip confuses my taste buds, as sour oak cherry turns into a vanilla afterfinish. Very interesting, though the vanilla is a bit strong for my taste.
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 Pours red with no lacing or head. aroma is sweet and syrupy with a great deal of sour, overripened fruit, cinnamon and brown sugar. body is sticky with a syrupy texture. Taste is sweet to begin with but the sourness comes through afterwords. Notes of cherry, sour apple and vanilla. Finishes long and sour with plenty of sugar. Complex and striking beer.
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Poured from 12 oz bottle, clear amber color with little or no head, has an aroma of tart cherry and vanilla, has great creamy/smooth taste of vanilla and oak, not as sour as other ones Iíve had but still delicious. Get your hands on this one if you can!
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear deep amber with a faint off white head. The head diminshes quickly, and no real lacing to speak of. Aroma is good with raspberries, wood, smoke, alcohol and cherries. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good. A strong wood backbone with plenty of sweet sour fruits. Has a medium body. The texture is not super dry but mostly dry. Has a good finish with a lingering aftertaste.
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle shared by guyinchicago at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks! Itís cool to find another New Glarus beer. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Spicy aroma... almost like pie spices. Also some fruity notes including strawberry, rhubarb and plum. The taste is tart fruits including cherries and berries, and other tart fruity notes. Medium bodied.
mar (4843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to decoman. Deep amber with a cream head. Aromas of raspberries, faint sour cherry, wood, basement, and musk. Very smooth on the palate, flavor is raspberries, slight dried fruit rinds, musk, damp basement, not as sour as I was hoping, but still a nice treat.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for delicious sour beers that we canít ever get in Texas. Cranberry and barberry with vanilla and love. Sweet flavor with nice and friendly tartness. Beautiful everyday beer...if we had them for sale here.