swoopjones (4228) - 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 (2382) - 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 (4450) - 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.
lushawn (2646) - 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!
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Sean for cracking this! Poured a cloudy light red with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice sour cherry note with a strong backing of biscuit and sweet grains. Flavor began sour with cherries with a growing biscuit and cereal note that leads to a sweet finish.
beernbourbon (1148) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle enjoyed side by side with the 2010. Pour is dark cloudy brown with minimal head. This in notably darker and cloudier than the 2010 with much less head. Neither has much head, but this is almost still. Aroma is lightly tart, light vanilla, light coconut, light mixed berries, and light christmas spice. Flavor is lightly tart, deep wood, light vanilla, faint berry, and a dry finish with hints of vanilla and fruit persisting. Interesting. Not much oxidation. Certainly this is great stuff, but I guess I was hoping for more. The 2010 is lighter in aroma and flavor but it is quite a bit smoother with the same vanilla-berry finish. The 2010 is an easier drink for sure. I like the 2010 a little better to be honest. Itís more cohesive and smooth while still being complex.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to northernbrews) murky brown pour with oily tan bubbles. Nose of oak, funky, cinnamon, moss, diaper plastic, and brown sugar. Taste is also funky, brown sugar, cinnamon, mild but very acceptable oxidation given the age, oily and brown sugar linger. Age has started to take its toll on this, but itís still good.
MrPickles (437) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged bottle shared from a local tasting. Murkier than the new stuff which I like. More malt in this too. Again a very complex and great brew. I would drink this again any time.
blutt59 (5685) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2010 Bottle, thanks to northernbrews, reddish brown colored pour with brown sugar and sour cherries in the aroma,flavors of brown sugar, malty swwet and sour mix, cherry pie filling