kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle, black label, via trade w/ someone a long time ago that I can’t recall now. Pours a very dark garnet to ruby colored body under a fizzy and foamy one finger beige head that faded to a partial covering. The aroma is all over the place. Chocolate, cherry, light brett, heavy fruitiness, alcohol, plum, light oak, almost reminiscent of some Flemish Sours. The flavor is still quite fruity up front with lightly tangy sour cherry and bretty funkiness. Finishes with oak, a ton of alcohol, whiskey, and a dry lingering brettiness. My only problem is that there is way too much alcohol flavor on the finish for me, which is enhanced by the whisky/oak flavor that reinforces the booziness of it. Extremely warming sensation on the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and really almost bordering on sticky and cloying, but the fizzy champagne-like brett derived carbonation really cuts through it making it quite lively. Very fine pinpoint carbonation. This was really tasty and loaded with flavor, but I couldn’t stop wishing that the ABV was about 5% lower. With all the fruit, brett, and the barrel aging they just didn’t need to use an 11% ABV base beer.
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 [265-20070413] 1pt9.4floz (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds, tupalev). Sour cherry apple aroma. Hazy, dark red brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter apple cherry flavour has more bite. Medium-full bodied super sour puckerer. Maybe too much sharp bite here. [7/4/7/3/16] 3.7
[588B-20070908] 375mL @ Sourfest 2007 (Buffalo, NY, w/ rudolf, frylock, IPFreely, jerc, swoopjones). Super alcohol-drenched raisins or dark fruit aroma. Cloudy, dark brown body with a quick head of bubbles. Raisin malt alcohol flavour has very light notes of oak wood barrel and dried fig. Full body is smooth if a little sour. Nice wood characteristics. [6/3/8/4/15] 3.6
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 1600th rating! Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this rare treat for this occasion. Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel, mds & tupalev. Pours a murky reddish-brown with an average size diminishing off-white head. Wonderful aroma of sweet malt, oak, cherries, spices and hops. Complex tart flavour of malt, sour cherries, oak, hops, Belgian yeast and more. Medium to full bodied, bubbly mouthfeel. What a fan-friggin’-tastic beer, thanks again Harry!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, Harry’s bottle had back to back with Mother of All Beers. Cheery red dark brown, no head. Lovely aroma - cherry malt, yeast. Sharp cherry taste, some sourness - complex and tasty. Sharper but less complex than Mother - but still full of flavour and outstanding.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahagony Color with White Ring. Sour Cherries Make the Bocquet..with Subtle Hints of Whiskey. Syrupy, Grapey Mouthfeel. Abundant Notes of Sour Cherries, with some Light Grape Notes...and Sublte Warming and Whiskey Notes... Very Much Like a Beer with Wine on the Brain.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big rich and complex nose of wood, cherries and wonderful Belgian inspired funk. Rich and invitingly dry mouthfeel. Vinegar and fruit notes come thru with a big lingering sour funk finish.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - my bottle via my nephew Brent - MY FAVORITE NEPHEW Brent + DarkElf Fest ’07!!. Thick, murky-as-hell deep orange brown pour, thin head - jesus that looks awesome (4+). Incredible aroma - smooth, blended lemon-sour, brown-sugar roast malt, moderate alcohol, pungent sweet spice, oak and resin - just superb. Taste - very up-front, oak resin, lemon tartness, heavy spice funky, thick sweet and sour cherry malt vying for dominance - and losing - excellent, a little aggressive. Thick, sugary, acidic, long shifting complex mouthfeel - good God this is fantastic - thanks, Brent!
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed a sample or two at a goose island affair. This beer was phenomenal. deep ruby red to brown color, with a rocky, beige head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantatic, with lots of big oaky aroma, paired with aroma of sour cherry. The plate is firm on the tongue, with lots of rich malt, paired with wild, yeasty flavors, and a whamo of sour cherry. This beer finishes with more complex and delicious flavors of oak, yeast, and cherry, and ends with a sour cherry flavor that lingers. The ultimate....(more please)from one fantastic brewery....open one in Chicago please
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pizza Port. Solano Beach 3/05. 750 ml bottle. Hazey reddish brown with small tan head. Aroma intially sour with mustiness turning to a cherry whiskey aroma.Some sour cherry tast with an alcohol bite at the end similar to Three Philosophers. A little too much alcohol. will cellar the other two bottles for later use
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2010 Randomly came across a Black Label Version 750 ml bottle into a Tulip glass at Union downtown. THANK GOD!!! Here are my notes: Pours deep mahagony ruby red with brown tones, off white to tanned head with excellent retention sticking to the sides of the glass. Aroma: belgian sweet sugar, dark cherries, aged oak, small alcohol nose, bits of brown sugar, light whiskey, deep red wine tannins, retains scent throughout. Flavor: deep sweet malts, sour black fermented cherries, pungent fruits, whiskied oak, warming alcohol presence at the end into the nose, very port like, lambic like yeast notes, taste like a light whiskey red wine blend, red winey aftertaste. Overall: This one basically left me speechless. I can definitely see how some may encounter this and not dig it as much, but I instantly fell in love with this brew. Everything about it screams original and exciting. The aroma and flavors burst at the seams! If you see this: BUY IT!! Already one of my top beers for sure!!