FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 173/424; Sampled December 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, concentrated amber colored beer that shows a somewhat hazy, dark cranberry red color when held up to the light. As I pour a lightly moldy, almost blue cheese mold, aroma lightly touches my nose. Upon closer inspection the beer smells quite sweet and fruity; it has a mix of cherry, raisin, tamarind and oxidized malt aromas to it. Lightly tart smelling, with on oak-like aroma reminiscent of vanillin, a touch of butterscotch and some spicy oak character that combines with a touch of alcohol to give this a bit of warming. There is definitely quite a bit of oak character here (it is inescapable once I place it) and it even adds a sort of nutty, almond essence like character and a touch of coconut to the aroma. An interesting aroma, though it is a bit too oak dominated for my nose.
Fairly dry tasting, but it has quite a bit more fullness to it than the dryness would suggest. Oak tannins seem to contributed to the soft creamy mouthfeel that this beer has. The oak definitely plays the leading role in the flavor as well with notes of vanillin, and butter-like oak flavors as well as the velvety textured tannins / wood extracts mentioned earlier. This is definitely tart, though not overly so; a light sourness picks up towards the end of each sip. It is hard to really get at the sour / funky flavors of this brew, the oak flavors are just a bit too dominating. Still even with that, it seems that this beer does not have nearly as much character / funk / sourness as one would expect in a good example of this style. At times the oak character seems to contribute bourbon like notes (that characteristic mix of vanillin, spice and butterscotch). At the front of each sip, before the oak really kicks in, notes of tamarind, leathery cherry and an unsweetened raisin flavor.
This is really an interesting beer, I would have love to have had the one without the oak character. I would have liked to have experienced the actual funk that was in the brew, without the overwhelming oak. As is, this seems like a surprisingly bland, dark, sour ale (at the least I would expect a lot more funkiness and an ample malt depth / complexity). Truthfully the oak here is not at outlandish levels, it is a bit too much for this particular brew, but as an example of oak extract this one is fairly drinkable.
Ungstrup (31463) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel and berries, with a slight acidic note lying in the back ground. The flavor is acidic malty with notes of over ripe fruits, dusty hops, and oxidation, leading to a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours a transparent dark copper bronze with a frothy, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of toasty sweet caramel malt with a hint of faint cherry tartness and bourbon oak. Body starts fairly full and caramely malty sweet with a big tart cherry balance before a slightly thinner, bittersweet tart lightly oaky finish. A nice, complex beer.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep orange in color with no head. Fruity cherry aroma. Hoppy notes. Malty fruity flavor. Cherry, woody yeasty notes. Sour. Medium bodied. Finish is bitter. Decent beer.
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF ’07. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy, off-white head, lasting with fail lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw, meal), average hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of cherry. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was sweet and malty and not very tart or funky. Yeasty doughy flavor with a hint of cherry when warms. Dry bitter and woody finish.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber brown color. Aroma is sweet and sour aged in oak but it wasn’t. Taste is not as sour as aroma has some sweet candy taste and smooth body. Very little almost no carbonation.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, sour cherry, cheese, and funkiness. Flavor of sour fruit, caramel malt, and a subtle dry woodiness in the finish.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jimmack Invitational 2007. Deep amber in color. Aroma is some sweet caramel malt as well as a good dose of funk and sour fruit. Taste is a bit sweet, with alot of sweet caramel, with a sour cherry and lacto sourness way in the background. would’ve liked this to be more sour.
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received a bottle from both badnewbeers and Silphium, 2 brothers, 1 beer. Color is a rather clear dark red. Aroma is a weird forest and fruit mix, sweet and sugary. Taste is cherry-sugar-sweet. Not sour but acidic in the aftertaste. Syrupy body and a lowered carbonation.