TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub.
I’m relieved they still have this one up as of 8/24; I missed the announcement when it hit the taps a couple weeks ago. Anyway, pours a muddy brown with fizzy head that is almost non-existent in the middle but still manages to produce a nice ring around the rim of the glass that leaves good bits of lace. Has a nice sour, tart Flemish red ale aroma to it with obvious notes of cherries, and some leafy, mildly spicy hops. I was expecting a burst of that tart cherry/Flemish red but instead I got a mouth of leafy hop, tobacco, leather, reminiscent of a barleywine. Yes the tartness is there and it’s more tart than you’d find in a sweeter, traditional barleywine, but it’s so much more of a background presence than the aroma suggested. Palate is medium-thin with nice fizzy tingly carbonation. The stunning aroma is what makes this a 3.5-rated beer. Judging just on flavor itself, I’d rate it more a 3.2-3.3
nuplastikk (3274) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a a side-lacing beige head. brutal port wine aroma. Quite brutal, the wine barrel tones overwhelm and dominate. Chocolate port win all the way. Faint cherry tones, but way overwhelmed. Brutal sour tobacco notes. Some chocolate shows up at it mellows and approaches room temperature. An interesting experiment, I can see how it would grow on you.
KickInChalice (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/10/2011. Served on tap in a wine glass.
Pablo Picasso is a "Dark belgian ale aged in Cabernet barrels for over a year with Piedt Farms sour cherries."
Just for the name alone I had to order this. Pablo arrives with a dark cherry mahogany color with a 1" off-white creamy head.
The aroma is full of sour cherries, cabernet, oak, and some dark fruits.
The flavor starts with a bit of molasses, cherry, and fig and raisin sweetness along with a touch of caramel malt. Brown sugar, oak, and cabernet come in with a blast of tart cherry. The sour flavor levels off by the end.
This is sweet to start, but the sweetness vanishes by the finish. Definitely some strong tannins toward the end, and there is a decent amount of acetic acid near the end. The oak gives a dry sensation, especially at the end.
This is a promising start to my experience with Revolution’s barrel aged beers. They really take the base beer and abuse it (in a good way), completely transforming a sweet style into a complex beer with a nice tartness.
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted on 8/4/11 on draft at Revolution. Pours an opaque brown/purple with no head, but very thin beige lace that recedes rather quickly to nothing more than a thin collar. The nose wants to be complex and exciting, but is dominated by acetone/nail polish remover. There are a bit of underlying cherry and oak aromas with some sour and tart notes, but the acetone is a bit much. The flavor is more of the same with the cherries showing a little more intensely and a bit of tart acidity. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long cherry, vanilla oak, and acetone finish.
Tmoney99 (8773) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at brewpub. Poured dark reddish brown color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tannic, tart fruit and woody aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy tannic tart cherry flavor with a medium to heavy tart cherry finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing change of pace standout fruit beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2374) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ Revolution!!! Dark mahogany/crimson-colored brew with a small eggshell head. Aroma of tart cherry skin, caramel, vanilla, wood, and a hint of molasses. Strong red wine presence in the flavor with tons of varying barrel notes (oak, vanilla, cabernet, merlot, syrah spiciness). Can also get some of the Belgian influence with the yeast...bready, biscuity. Toffee, honey, and candied fruit. Really complex...enjoyed it!!!
drdisque (377) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very much a red wine aroma. bit of a roasted flavor which seems off for this style. Noticeable alcohol bite. Finish is like cola. Not great.
Newk (299) - - SEP 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this on tap and it poured a rich dark black color.
Rich nose that had some port-qualities to it along with some caramel and sour black cherries. A bit boozy on the nose though
full bodied and rich as well. Better flavors with dark chocolate, black cherries and caramel. There was also a port-ish style to it on the feel with a good finish
This doesn’t show the booze on the feel where it does a bit on the nose. This is a bit of a bruiser and it would be great if they bottled this in 22oz format
Atom (993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin ring of a brown head. Sour cherries really coming through in the aroma with wine and oak notes. Taste is well balanced with oak notes, sour cherries, grape skins, tobacco, and vanilla. Pretty interesting brew here, I’m impressed!
deyholla (4786) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Pours a clear dark brown with a slight red hue with light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has acidic/medicinal cherry notes with roasted malts, a bit clashing. Flavor starts acidic cherries (slightly medicinal) with backing roasted malts.
drewbeerme (3643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at rev, pours dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head around the rim. Nose is loaded with cherry syrup, loads of toffee and brown sugar, mild hints of aceto and lactic. Nice Jammy red wine aromatics too. Quite a nice aroma on this if you aren’t expecting a sour. Reminds me a tad of tomme. Flavors are rather sweet brown sugar and plums, loads of red wine, wild cherries, but a huge dose of booze throws it all out of whack and makes it difficult to stomach. A sharp acidic and boozefinish but the bugs dont really help integrate the flavors. Damn this beer hits a lot of right notes but when the flavor is all together it’s really muddled and odd at times. The finish is quite tasty, warm, chocolatey, with a bit of tobacco. However the carbonation and body suffer, it’s too thin and prickly. Sorta like it can’t decide whether it wants to be sour or a nice big quad with fruit. This really could be a winner with some tweaking.