TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, 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.
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 (6770) - 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.
jtclockwork (10486) - , 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.
drowland (6682) - 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 that’s 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.
jcwattsrugger (11380) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
trade with madvike&hbmason-12oz bottle-pours a thin retaining tan head with trailing lace and hazy copper color. Aroma is rich medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, some raisin. Taste is tart cherry/raisin, secondary medium malt-caramel, spice hops. Slightly syrupy mouth feel.
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 can’t quite decide if the taste of of rotten, sour cherries or sour, rotten cherries, but it doesn’t matter--this is one fine beer!!!
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.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Glouglouburp. Very cloudy, red-brown appearance with a tan head. Spicy, almost cinnamon-like, moderately sour, bready brown ale nose. Really an intriguing, inviting aroma. Silky, velvety mouth feel. Moderately tart, oaky, light vanilla, cherry-cranberry-raspberry, somewhat spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon), brown ale flavor. Mostly a tart, fruity brown ale with some sourness on the finish. Excellent beer and very smooth. Very similar to the 2010 version but a touch stronger of flavor.