WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle javier brought to the tasting, tahnks dude. This was really good and all in all very tasty! Pours copper with no head. Nose is cranberrtastic. Taste is sweet with lots of crantasticness, love it.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured copper with a fading white head. aroma was apple, cranberry, and honey. flavor was cranberry and honey. body was medium with medium carbonation. i wasnt impressed with this beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember having this at GABF this year and not being overly ecstatic...and here I am again, not overly into this beer. Pours a rosey amber, thin head, nose was cranberry sweet with malty undertones and not much else. Flavors are on the sweet side with the cranberry notes coming through fairly evident yet simple...I just find it a bit too sweet, too simple with not much complexity to ponder..but, its clean and its good for what its trying to be i suppose.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to FlandersNed for this great brew!!
It pours crystal clear with an amazing orange/pinky color. Great tart/sweet cranberry flavor, excellent on the palate, all in all, in my opinion, this is a great brew.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to 17thfloor! Pours red and slightly hazed with small white head around the rim. Nose is loaded with fresh cranberries, just like at thanksgiving dinner, brown sugar in the background. Flavor has tar cranberries, sweet cane and brown sugar, and plum with a mild earthy-funk finish. Spritzy carbonation, syrupy body. New glarus is clearly the king of fruit beers (as if we didn’t know).
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle shared by Vince (beernbourbon), many thanks!
Deep amber with some reddish highlights, light head and good lace. The aroma has notes of cranberry, flowery and barnyardy esters, some sugar, woody and earthy. The taste is too sweet for the lambic genre but fine for a fruit beer. Very fruity, grainy and a bit toasty. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, soft and touch chalky. Okay but then I was not honestly expecting much from this beer. Perhaps time will change this brew, lets see what it is like in two or three years.
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 12oz bottle) Clear red pour with nice soapy bubbles. Nose of oak, sour cherries, vanilla and saltiness. Taste of tart cherries/cranberries, nice carbonation and doesn’t linger too tart at all. This is a super drinkable fruit sour.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. thanks to beej for hooking me up with a couple bottles..... pours a strawberry blonde, with lively bottles, and a medium milky white head.... aroma of semi-sweet cranberries, apples, alongside a touch of vanilla and cinammon ... flavors of semi-sweet yet tart cranberry almost resembling the stuffing of a cranberry apple pie. first sip had a little bit of metallicness to it but that diminished after subsequent sips. prickly carbonation that cuts through some of the sweetness. could be a little bit more on the sour/tart side but this is a tasty treat nonetheless. incredibly drinkable and refreshing.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Pours a clear orange to copper color color with a massive white one finger head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with notes of overripe fruit, honey, yeast, grain, caramel, fresh berries, hint of funky sourness. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of ripe fresh fruit, honey, candy sugar, overripe cherries, nectar, vanilla, slight sour to tartness toward finish. Generally light to medium body with a sweet, syrupy and slightly tart finish. Nice.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a deep, medium pinkish-orange / ruby color; beautiful tint on this; thin off-white head with light retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasant show of oily red fruits, very light tannins and grape skins, similar levels of diacetyl and softly toasted oak in the aroma; everything buttressed by a sparkling red berry character; similar to the Enigma, the light butter and vanilla-tinged oak (minimal overt wood) give this a touch of an overripe character; this is still quite lovely in the nose: great fruit, hints of cinnamon or clove as well. Medium mouthfeel: medium amounts of acidity, slightly oily character, and relaxed carbonation on this; somewhat slick feeling in the mouth; lots of red fruits (cherries, strawberries, cranberries) showing up here, with certainly a berry character overall, but it doesn’t come across with quite the same sharp acidity or tannins of other cranberries beers that come to mind (there aren’t many); lively amounts of tartness, lightly soured and a very pleasant and clear show of the fruit in this; again, more mixed red fruits than cranberries alone, and there’s a touch of purposeful diacetyl alongside toasted wood and light vanilla and grape skins; this has a lot of the same character as Enigma originally did in terms of the barrel notes and the slick feel in the mouth: similarly pleasant, but mixed with a melange of red fruits and hints of red wine character (from the tannins, of course, but even more than that); not my favorite New Glarus Unplugged, but definitely refreshing and showing an excellent fruit character. Lasting finish of oakiness and cinnamon and red berries; nice toastiness appears at the far end; balanced ending.