TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared by Matt. Thanks! Pours a murky dark brownish pour, with a small tannish red head, stays as a loose bubbly head, laces small. Aromas still preach some sweet malts, toffee, with some tart red fruit, oak tannins. Crisp biscuits, with touches of vinegar, faint metallic twang. Initial is medium bodied, still preaching some sour red fruit, touches of cranberries, cherries, touches of acidic vinegar, wet oak and crisp cereal grains, toffee, and biscuits. Some lactic acid grows, some cool mellow yogurt. The acidity is in check with a nice red fruit sourness, lingering wet oak and the malt base still sticks around into the middle. Some decent sourness lingers, sweeter malts, lactic acid. Nice beer that definitely has held up, some inevitable wet cardboardy oxidation but much more fruity than the new version.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cinnamon, floral, cranberries, brown sugar, very strange, not sure if it is desirable.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy jtclockwork. Cloudy, muddy brown pour with a small fuzzy head thatís gone fast. Very unique aroma with dark fruits, wood, and a lot of spice - almost minty. Slightly sour flavor loaded with black cherries and pie spices. This is very reminiscent of their Belgian red, and quite tasty.
jtclockwork (6216) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with drowland. Pours dark deep muddy brown. Nose of plum, wet wood, sour fruit and raisin. Taste of caramelized spiced candy apple, cherry tart, pie crust, cinnamon and nutmeg.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by FooFaa. Thanks again Dan!
Pours a deep, dark ruby red color with mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.
Sweet fruit aroma with tons of tart dark cherry along with subtle chocolate, sweet caramel malt and rye. The rye is prominent and compliments the tart sweet smell of the cherries and other vinous dark fruits. The malt profile is slightly toasty and gives off hints of caramel, biscuit and toffee.
Medium bodied and sweet with lots of dark fruit complimeted by slightly toasted caramel malt and sweet rye. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and rye provide complexity and balance to the sweet vinous dark fruit notes. The most prominent fruit flavor is tart dark cherry but there is also subtle grape and plum but this beer is not cloying or too sweet. The malt backbone is stronger than expected and really helps this beer from becoming a cloying mess. Well balanced and easy to drink with a lingering dry, tart finish.
swoopjones (4890) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared with Rudolf, dirty, murky burnt orange pour. Aroma is light cherry, apple juice, fruit forward, quite acidic, with a wood presence increasing as the beer warms. Flavor is tart, sour, funky apple juice, wood, light bourbon, highly acidic, very light smoke burn on the palate. Sort of jumbled, sweet & tart. Ok
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to northernbrews. poured cloudy amber with a beige head. aroma was caramel, cinnamon, and cherry. flavor was cherry, caramel, and brett? light and sticky body with low carbonation.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent medium mahogany and presents a bit of a lacquerish aroma as well. I canít quite decide if the taste of of rotten, sour cherries or sour, rotten cherries, but it doesnít matter--this is one fine beer!!!
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! Pours a muddy brown color with some reddish tints and a small off-white head that leaves a ring. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, coconut, oak, cherries, funk, and grapes. Flavor of caramel malts, vanilla, oak, tart cherries, grape skins, and funk. Medium-bodied, with a sweet vanilla, semi-tart mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. Dry finish. Good balance of vanilla sweetness and fruit tartness. The sourness is so subtle. This goes down very easily.
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks! really excited to try this beer! looks like muddy, murky pond water with practically no head. aroma chocolate covered cherries, cocoa dust, vanilla beans, and some light balsamic. taste is pie crust, cherry cough medicine, vanilla, fruit rollups, and creamy, earthy dough. leaves a chocolate laced balsamic tinge on the tongue. also a light cherry coke. Neat beer, that seems to have held up particularly well. more doughy cocoa, and much more mellow and blended together than the new versionl. edge taken off. creamy, sweet cherry balsamic cocoa beer. enjoyed. drink with a pie and icecream. thanks again peter!