SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ OíBrienís: Wine like aroma accompanied with alcohol, wood, and dried fruit. No formation of head while the color is a solid dark wood brown. The flavor is sour with similarities to sour green unripe grapes and has a woody aftertaste that finishes dry. Definitely a drink to be reckoned with and appreciated and now I must compare how the bottled version measures up to a fresh tap glass pouring.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Naked City. Pours a dark burgundy-brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of oak, black currants, spice. Flavor is very tart with a subtle brown sugary sweetness.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2010 Batch 001X2. Pours a hazy, dark ruby color with a very fizzy, yellowish-beige, fairly small head which diminishes very quickly and leaves nothing; carbonation is persistnent for quite some time. Nose is pungent and amazing; black currants noticed immediately which is followed immediately by light molasses, overripe cherries, dates, faint burnt caramel, light vanilla, light wet oak, light maple, some raisin, some blackberry, and probably other notes that I missed. Itís vinous, itís jammy, itís lightly tart, itís delicately sweet, itís overwhelmingly complex; awesome. Before the flavor, I must discuss the palate; the carbonation is just too fizzy to allow the awesome flavors develop; light to medium, fizzy, and faintly silky but drying just a touch. The flavors are amazing with fruity, jammy, vinous notes up front (black currants, blackberry jam, lighter cranberry) followed by tart notes of overripe cherries and light bretty acetic notes, and the oak melds everything together being wet and earthy; underneath is faint burnt caramel, faint molasses, and hints at vanilla. The progression from fruity notes to tart notes to oak notes with sweet undertones is perfect. Finishes average length with some old world wine notes being earthy, slightly funky, a bit of vanilla, and wet oak; lightly drying from some tannins. I may have made a huge mistake opening this one so early, especially considering the price. However, my only real complaint is the carbonation level; it created a less-than-adequate appearance and took away from the flavors, not to mention the palate was only acceptable because of it. Insane nose, great melding of flavors, and balanced at every step. Perfect balance of vinous notes, tart/sour notes, sweet undertones, and oak. Hopefully weíll see what this could become in a few years.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] sent to me by taverner. Wow, what can I say. Pours a deep garnet with a medium, effervescent beige head. Aroma is absolutely fantastic. Lots of oak, currants, cherries, oak, and cabernet. There is an underlying tartness that hints at whatís going to follow in the flavor. Flavor initially hits with some lactic sourness and a hint of the currants. That is followed by the dry oakiness of the wine barrels and their prior contents. Finishes tart and sweet with a lasting currant flavor. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. An absolutely brilliantly executed beer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught, Catalyst Coffee. Light brown color. Full, layered foam. Nose is perhaps the weakest point of the beer, but still hints of funk, wood, dark fruit. Flavor is amazing. Complex, integrated, beautifully balanced. Notes of cranberry, currant, blackberry and wood. A beauty and one to put away.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$22 750ml bottle. Red-brown color with almost no head yet it feels fizzy in my mouth. The smell is really quite interesting but subtle. Tobacco, chocolate, barrel, some brett, jam. The flavor is tart, sweet, hmmm... good, but not amazing like Deviation or the other RR barrel-aged beers.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-28-2009 04:13:16
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bottle. This is a very special beer to me because I never expected that I would love this as much as I did. I mean I knew I would like it as I tend to like all Russian River stuff but this beer is in a class all its own and it marks 2 firsts for me, my first score above 4.8 and my first time rating an overall impression of 20. Pours a darkish red remiscent of a fine wine with a small quickly collapsing head. Lovely color. The head releases a intoxicating aroma of black currants, oak, wine and sourness (subdued). However after the head collapses which happens quickly this aroma goes away and some of the complexity is lost, the lone blemish on this astonishing beer. The flavor profile is simply amazing. Oaky sourness opens up but remains tart and not acidic nor balsamic, its a very balanced sourness. Alcohol is non existant, making this dangerously easy to drink. Like a fine with moderate acidity and balanced tartness. A slow oaky finished followed by absolutely mind blowing notes of black currant and cherry skins. This beer is a marvel. I had this at a tasting of about 10 people. Everyone agreed this was the best of the night even though only 3 of us like sours and several of them hate them. This is a very accesible sour ale. And this beer was up against class competition in Port Old Viscoscity and Dark Island Reserve. This one blew everyoneís minds.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap pours dark red with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Sort of looks like wine after the head settles. The bottled version had more carbonation producing a stronger head and more acidity. One tap the beer was a bit more mellow, allowing more of the currant flavor to come through. Dry and acidic with the sourness. Oak comes though mostly in the dryness, but softly woody and earthy in the finish. Seems like the currants add most of the sweetness to this beer. I slightly prefer the draught version of this I had, it seems to be a touch more mellow and the acidity wasnít as sharp, but both were really top notch.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml, batch 001x4. Pours a muddy, very dark red/brown with a small but somewhat sustained off-white head. Aroma shows huge oak, mild funk and strong fruit. The oak is very strong, certainly the strongest presence Iíve encountered in a RR barrel aged beer. It borders on overdone but thankfully sits right on the edge without going over. Oak reminds me of a Scotch or Irish whiskey. Funk is semi-mild for a RR sour, certainly present, some Brett noticeable but acetic and lactic acid is somewhat tame. Fruit is plum and subtle sour cherry, quite vinous but I donít get much wine in the nose. I donít know what currants smell like so who knows if theyíre noticeable.
Flavor is nicely tart, not as sour as something like Supplication or Temptation, yet. Fruitiness is strong and pleasant. Dry finish. The wine really comes out in the flavor in a good way. This is a nice beer. Overall this beer reminds me A LOT of Oerbier reserve. The appearance, aroma and taste are all right in that ballpark. So close really that a blind tasting without knowing what this is would make me think this was that beer. I think this beer will get better with age. Some flavor melding, souring, and milding oak would improve this beer. I donít like this as much as Supplication or probably even Temptation but this is quality.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Clear, dark reddish brown-bronze with a superfine, almost non-existant off-white head. A dark garnet highlight might appear when the light hits it right. The aroma first comes across as dark sour fruit with a sweet grapeyness to it. Earthy and woody undertones emerge,combined with a softly tannic vionous character. The currants come through, not directly, but as a general fruity sweet-tartness that adds another layer to the already enormous complexity present here. The flavor begins with prominient yet restrained sourness in the attack that leads into a deep, multi-layered fruit profile that is surrounded by wonderful secondary fermentation flavors, barrel-aged oxidadtion notes, and subtle oak influences. The body is amazingly bright and refreshing and completely hides the alcohol. Its force is instead delivered through the amazing variety of sensations on the palate--good weight, bright sourness, pure sweet fruit, dark wood and earth. It is simultaneously juicy, rounded, edgy, firm, and voluptuous. The is one of the most amazing beers Iíve ever tasted.