XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a trader in Colorado, muddy red color with no head. Aroma and taste is all tart cherry, has some decent wine barrel notes, alright.
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zoucrew102 (732) - - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 750ml swing-top bottle #1175/1200, 2014 vintage. Tart cherry aroma with vinous and malt notes. Pours deep red color with a thin off-white head and very little lacing. Very lively mouth feel from the carbonation. Tart cherry flavors mingle with red wine and Belgian malt. Finishes with a touch of red wine dryness with the wine flavors lingering on the palate. Even better than the first time around.
2013 vintage. Tart, cherry aroma. Pours deep red color with lots of head and carbonation. Taste is very tart cherry flavors with wine undertones. Not bad.
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arminjewell (7272) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark brownish black pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of tart cherries, slight vinegar, tart fruits, hints of slight roast, hints of oak, wine in there, touch of vanilla and some caramel sweetness in there as well. Taste is a mix of tart red grape, cherries and berries, some vanilla, red wine vinegar notes, some slight oak, funky notes, mixing into a hint of earth, spice, and caramel, finishing slightly bitter, slightly tart. Kind of like it wasnít meant to be/a bit sloppy, but overall tasted fairly decent.
onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark brown, with a lasting creamy foamy beige head. Big nutty malty aroma with tart cherries and heavy toffee. Flavor is semi sour and tart with cherry tones taking the charge, with some boozy toffee and mild biscuity flavors on the finish. Semi tart and sour cherries throughout.
drjay44 (2830) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. swing top bottle. Number 1081 of 1200. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled, well retained light beige head, with some lacing, over a hazy, reddish amber (SRM 15) body....nose is sour cherry, light lactic.....taste is sour cherry, light vinous tones, hints of fig, raisin, hints of cocoa, leading to a final terpene bite with a bitter sourness.....mouth feel light of medium, slight astringency, alcohol hidden, carbonation high adding a light tingle. The aromas and flavors in this beer wander into the area of Flanders Red Ales and Flanders Brown Ale/Oude Bruins. The final flavors are off putting, with a lingering harsh heavy barrel bite. This beer is quite typical of Paradox. Here is a double bock (Dopplebock) that through the use of wine barrels (probably red), with the addition of tart cherries, and various and assorted micro-organisms, has almost become one of the Flanders Sours. No wonder there is a bit of muddle going on. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
Ernest (6515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is muddy brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), with mild notes of soured/spoiled fruit (kumquat, apple peels, grapefruit juice), brown sugar, cherry, vinegar/pickles, wood.
Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Found this to my surprise in my cellar several days ago, which I donít recall purchasing (and wish I hadnít). Alas, another infected beer from Paradox. Spewed everywhere upon opening, instantly kicking up the copious bottle yeast into a mud-like pour. Kind of a weak nose, and sadly the sour off-odors (spoiled OJ, e.g.) prevent the nicer aromas (cherry, malt) from yielding an enjoyable sniff. Likewise, in the mouth the dirty sourness ruins what may have been a reasonably nice, sweet-tart beer to start with. Neither aroma nor taste are horrible, mind you; the infection is not profound...but overall itís a clunky mess, a bit like what you find in the dump bucket at a strong beer tasting. Sad.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby amber pour. Multiple scents of wine, toffee cherry and a lil funk. First sip reminded me of a good Barrel influenced little brother to Consecration. A lil more leather and a lot more variety in the fruit tastes. From Cherriís to tart apples, pears and tropical.
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml swingtop bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, red wine, cherry, light molasses and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of carmel, cherry, red wine, oak with a crisp dry lightly tart lingering vinous cherry finish.