juiceisloose (1163) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy fantomas23. This one pours a mostly cloudy reddish amber color and topped by a smooth head of beige colored foam. The aroma isn’t what I remember from the original version. Notes of sweet-tart cherries, apple cider, spices, and some sweet vanilla from the oak push through in the aroma. A otuch of lactic acidity creeps through as well. The flavor follows suit with the tart cherries and apples up front followed by plenty of spices that suggest at clove and anise. Some lactic yeast pushes through to add some tartness, but clean cereal grain malt and vanilla from the oak add sweetness to the fold. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some residual sugars that linger in the finish. This version is a little sweet and on the spicy side for me. A little let down from the previous version. Maybe this one still some more time in the bottle.
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours reddish brown with a thin greyish head. tart aroma with toucheas of pear and cantoulope and brown sugar.taste is at first a tart chery laffy taffy candy with a mild enjoyable banana flavor. some cinnamon in the finish. odd banana and marshmallow note takes over in the finish. cherry and pear flavors keep it up with an emjoyable tart not quite sour flavor . mild hints of toffee pop up and really make this beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Easy drinking beer. Its sister was one of my gateway sours. As far as a review goes what Turd said.....
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak and cherry. Taste is cherry and oak, with vinegar and lactic tartness. Oily texture.
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, coconut, vanilla, almonds, berries, and brown sugar. Flavor of brown sugar, vanilla, brett, yogurt, and cherries.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber pour, small whiteish head. Aroma of sour funk and cherries? (I do have a cold, though - hard to pick up the aroma) Luxurious palate, tart cherries, very smooth, a light sourness. A wonderful balance of complexities, incredibly delicious. What a treat!
Dogbrick (9812) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Patrchy rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, earth and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of moderately sour fruit, malt, earth and a bit of oak. The finish is dark cherries with a lingering tart aftertaste. Good brew overall.
alexsdad06 (7227) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Enigma pours a slightly hazy brown color with reddish highlights and a small off white head. The aroma and flavor share almost the same qualities: Cherries, apples, vanilla, oak, and an acidic touch. The beer does have some sour/tartness to it, but it is not over the top. Everything works pretty well together. This is very smooth drinking and full bodied at the same time. Very similar to the original, but this one seems to be softer and a touch less interesting. I will surely revisit this again, but early results tell me the original was better.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ucusty. This one tastes pretty similar to the old one. Maybe not quite as tart or full in the mouth. Very similar to the New Glarus Cherry Stout we consumed right before this. Yummy brew, but not quite as complex, nuanced, or exciting as its younger sister.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from arminjewell - thanks, Armin! Funny, but for some reason I wasn’t initially aware that the recipe had changed. To me, the modest lowering of the ABV hasn’t diminished the complexity even a hint. Still lovely in the appearance (a weathered looking reddish brown), nose (that delectable barrel character familiar from many NG beers, along with a heady mix of tart fruit and vanilla), and the superbly complex flavors. Nice to try it fairly young too, albeit with a tweaked recipe. The yeast isn’t necessarily understated, but hasn’t quite suffused the beer yet. Still outstanding and no doubt will age as well as its predecessor.