vyvvy (5381) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with an off-white head. The aroma has balsamic vinegar, dark berries, oakiness, toasty malt, caramel and a smooth sourness that is has malt and sour, but not much of a sweet character. Medium body that is pretty big for the style and soft gentle carbonation. The flavor begin very malty for a sour beer, but enough sourness to keep it from sweetening things up like on the aroma. There is a deep maltiness, blueberry/blackberry type berry notes, some citrus and smooth oak. The finish has much of the same along with some peach and light vinegar. Nice beer, but doesn’t really fit neatly into the sour/wild style.
wxman (1706) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark garnett with a thin off white head. Aroma is vinous. A sour tart dry red wine taste along with a little butterscotch. Very good actually, if you like to pucker up!
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. 2012 vintage. Clear red pour with good tan head ring. Aroma had a toejam funkiness to it. Flavor was not so much sour, but more acidic than anything. Still tasted very young. Might do better with some age.
wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in late November 2011 from a 22oz bomber bottle shared by someone at unclejedi’s birthday tasting. Pours clear amber with an average off-white head that leaves an average collar of lace. The nose is sour and tart lemon with some dark balsamic vinegar and caramel malt. The flavor is malty sweet and lemon tart with some caramel and balsamic notes. The body is medium with sticky tannin, lively carbonation, and a long, tart balsamic finish.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber in color with an off-white head. Strong cherry and berry aromas (strawberry and raspberry, mostly) give a nice fruitiness. Otherwise, much of the nose is vinegar. A slight leather component to it. A minimal malt sweetness on the palate. It’s, like the nose, mostly vinegar with a bit of oak, leather, and fruit. Pretty simplistic and vinegary--not my favorite kind of sour beer.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a rich copper, ruby color with reddish hue. Slight off white head. Acidic aroma, some malt noted. Taste is a tart fruitiness, sharp on the tongue. Very interesting flavors, good combo with sweetness of the malt. Let it warm a bit, and you get a different beer. Barrell aging becomes more apparent. Buttery, banana finish. Very Good, excellent for the sour style!
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean ruby copper pour with one finger of tan head. Acetic nose, lots of diacetyl in there too. Popcorn and butter on the finish. Some cherry skins and a medium tartness. Tastes like lots of pediococcus made lots of diacetyl. Medium body.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Root beer colored pour, on tap at Churchkey. Nose holds balsamic and red wine vinegar, plum, oaky vanilla, and wood. The flavor is extremely acidic, with more fruity vinous tones and acetic abrasiveness. Damn solid.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light cola color with a thin white head. Aroma with tons of oak and wood. Some funk and cherry with notes of toasted bread and notes. Flavor is sweet when it first hits the tongue. Funky and fruity, with some cherry notes. Moderately tart and dry finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: pours a transparent deep mahogany with ruby hues and a well-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly fruity, vinous and tart nose with notes of toasted oak. Starts with pretty good fullness and effervescent carbonation with some sweet dark caramel and black cherries with a decent balance of tartness before a drier finish with some lingering buttery oak. True to style and nice complexity.