marcus (5887) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Toronado RR Night. This dark brown ale poured with a decent beige head and a pleasant vinous aroma. The flavor is very tart cherry, with oak undertones and a vanilla backwash. Believe it or not, it tastes quite a bit like Schaarbeekse Kriek, probably due to the addition of currants. This is a signature brew that could only be created by Vinnie and his crew (hey, it rhymes). So far, my favorite RR (even better than Toronado 20th).
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing beer generously shared by Bobby at Pre-Sex. Dude, major thanks! Mild amber pour with a subtle, extremely complex nose filled with oak, tannins, delightful currants. Even when measured against Russian River’s other superb offerings, the woody splendor of this beer stands out. Wow, such a rich treat.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Hollingshead. Beautiful red copper color. Complex flavor, tart cherry, cranberry, vanilla, oak. Beautiful texture and carbonation. This is a fantastic sour.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap from O’Briens Pub gave a reddish burgundy color with minimal head to speak of. Aromas of some dark fruit and grape. Super rich and smooth on the palate with a perfect bit of carbonation. Tart, sour, plum, currant and raspberry flavors. Long finish with great retention of flavors. Alcohol not over bearing. One of my new favorite sour ales for sure!
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank this side by side with Foothills BA Peoples Porter to start off the festivities at the pre-footsex gathering this year. After getting the okay from Scott to start drinking the porter and sitting down to start taking notes, I heard a gush and turned around to see Bobby91w and tjthresh trying to stop a gushing bottle of this here beer. I aided by sticking out my glass for a pour of this dark sour elixir. Tasty treat, highlighted by deep red fruits. The currants and red wine oaky notes come through nicely amidst the sourness. Russian River’s balls are firmly located on my forehead and I’m proud of it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 Another gem via Bobby91w! Batch 1 Dark brown pour with garnet hues. Thin tan head. Cranberry and oaky nose. Complex flavor; vanilla and sour grapes. Long sour finish. Not overly acidic
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Bobby91w for sharing at the Pre Sex gathering. Pours a murky ruby with a fizzy tannish head. The nose is tart and acidic, background vinous character, oaky, nice vanilla coming through, some spicyness. The flavor is nice and tart without being overbearing, oaky with some vanilla, nice fruity character, warming, tannic bite. Palate is nice and tart without being overly acidic with a nice tannic oakiness.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Bobby91w. Pours dark red-brown. Not much head. Good nose of oak, and dark berries. Huge tannins sour bomb. Nice fruit flavor. Med syrup body. Dry. Pretty good stuff.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at O’Brien’s. Pours a deep magenta to purple hue, thin off-white head dissipates, fair clarity. Nose is dark fruits and berries, light sourness, oak barrel, and vinous. Flavor is very fruity with a nice backbone of acetic sourness, jammy and woody tones midway, finishes lightly tart. Medium-bodied with smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A nice more-fruity-than sour ale with woody accentuations.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Probably oone of the best sours I ever had and I am not a sour fanatic.
Wonderful flavors of wood, oak, tart fruit and some vinegar. At the same time very smooth on the palate. Aromas are fruity with some earthiness