5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Dirty amber, thick, hazy, dark straw perhaps, large foamy sandy head, great lacing.   Soft pencil shavings on the nose.   Yep, that’s the third one so far that has had pencil shavings in the aroma or on the tongue.   Otherwise a soft herbal and musty woodshop like aroma.   Soft graphite and wood shavings up front, a touch herbal, with a non-descript semi-sweet fruity backside.   Aged with wild cherries, so perhaps its that, however one might think it would be tart but its not.   Good body, a little bubbley, with a sweet rustic aspect to it.   Artisianal is a word I would used to describe these beers.   This one is pretty tasty, albeit I dont know that I care too much for the pencil shavings.
DuffMan (6070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Ian. Medium amber colour, medium off white head that recedes to a film within a few minutes. Aroma is lightly sweet, estery, somewhat reserved. The palate is light caramel with a weak raw cherry character, and a medicinal finish. Overall quite thin. Nothing offensive here, just a little underwhelming.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, but only because I had to eat a lot of foam so that it would not overflow, full amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated plum / dark cherry skin color that shows a hazy, cherry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells earthy, and has a cherry skin and cherry tart aroma to it up front. A bit of brown cracker like malt, as well as a musty, and phenolic character is also found here after digging just a bit; this last is a touch plastic like, and perhaps has a touch of medicinal character.
This has a bit of cherry skin, tannic fullness that compliments the chewy cherry skin and fruit flavor. There is a light tartness here that makes the cherry character taste a touch funky. There is just a hint of straw like grain here, as well as a bit of phenolic with some light plastic leaning notes that provide some hints of sharpness; really there does need to be a touch of a bite to this beer, either hops, or even herbal notes, there really isn’t quite enough balance to this beer.
A bit too plain, I was expecting something a bit more characterful, and even a bit more funky; on the latter, I am not sure why, as this brewery doesn’t seem to really do funky.
mikedR (862) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can't say I'm overly digging this one. The wild cherry flavor is quite nice, and infuses a cheerful sweetness to the beer. But this base dark ale is odd. Not much going on, possibly because the herbs are too dominant. B-
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