phaleslu (7419) - 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.
SrSilliGose (3310) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - 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 (8009) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (1380) - Iowa City, Iowa, 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. It’s more cohesive and smooth while still being complex.
thirdeye11 (5773) - 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 it’s still good.
MrPickles (438) - 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 (6231) - 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
MaBeer1972 (1431) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A complex brew indeed. Light oak and vanilla aromas. Flavor is tart cherry vanilla. Very enjoyable stuff!
madvike (3088) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours murky reddish-brown with a small foamy off-white head. Lots of oak and vanilla, a touch of heat, and a nice light sour funk. Taste is cherries and balsamic vinegar with a nice bitter snap on the finish. A lot fuller and bolder than the new version. Tastes ripe and pungent where the new tastes a little new and young. Slick, with a nice medium body. I could definitely drink more of this.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried two different bottles of this at the Shenandoah Throwdown. One courtesy of Trevor which was a batch one and accounts for the bulk of my notes. The second is whatever the most recent batch was. Pours a clear ruby copper brown with a thin white head. Medium bodied, cherries, hints of sourness. Smooth and sweet. Light sweetness and a nice tang. The newer bottle was nice, but lacked the complexity of the older one. Not sure if that’s a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.