Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Alaskanwarren opened up for my Denver visit. Thanks Brian! Leather brown, modest tan head. Very strange sort of funk to the nose. Anise, old fashion linament, a dry viney sort of smell, raisins, minty alcohol. Not a particularly inviting smell. Now the flavor, that is something else entirely. A big opening of green plum flavor, surrounded by nice peppery wood and mouthwatering tartness, like the snap of a just under-ripe cherry, lemon on the lips in the finish. Absurdly refreshing for a 10% beer. Odd disconnect between taste and smell, but overall a very fine beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3621) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. Bretty, funky, fruity aroma with some dried fruits...almost cherry-like, but likely currants. There is also some anise and light sweetness present in the nose. This is pretty aromatic and rather pleasant. Transparent mahogany body with a small off-white head and fair lacing present. Starts tart, sour, funky, with some brett and other bug flavors. Becomes more fruity with pitted fruits in the middle. Finishes pretty dry with some weird woody, cardboard flavors late, which is kind of off-putting. Ethanol is hidden well, if this is really 10%
joeneugs (5711) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 I was a little upset when I popped the cork on this one and a quarter of the bottle came spilling out onto the floor. This is extremely lively. It has a beautiful dark ruby brown color with a light brown fizzy head that climbs high, then dissapears. The aroma is not too complex, with cranberries, rasberries, currants, sour cherries and wood. The taste is mouthwateringly sour and effervescent, with the same flavor of tart fruit, mainly berries. As my first sour ale, this reminds me of a very sophisticated red wine spritzer, only with more depth due to the wood aging, medium body, and mild bitterness at the end. I would love to pair this beer food………………………………………………………………………
Batch 7 botled on 10/21/11. tasted on 3/6/13. It ours a dark reddish brown with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is vinous with dark fruit, currants, grapes, raisins, cherries, hint of chocolate, leather and tobacco. Rich and balanced. The flavor is rich dark fruits with great balanced cabernet notes, barrel, leather, hay… really awesome. Mouthwatering. Love it still.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a very distinctive aroma of currents, sour cherries, vanilla oakiness, and leather. This reminds me very much of a fine red Burgundy. Good tannins and acidity; this beer needs fine food.
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Bottle batch 001x1 4/25/09
Pours a red brown, like a Flemish brown, ample head. Gorgeous aroma of fruit with vanilla oak coming abundantly on as it warms. Tart - lemon - but not overwhelmingly so, wood and caramel driving through the middle of the sour flavors. Very nice balance, dry tannic finish with a hint of must, recalling and old red wine and just a really fine whisper, very late, of sweet current skins. Sparkling mouthfeel with abundant but not overdone carbonation. Superb beer. 9/4/9/5/17=4.4
Revisit at the Naked City sour tasting. To my surprise, this one was not particularly close to being the beer of the night. It’s good, sure -- but it’s buttery and despite gorgeous tart cherry it’s in the low fours, not the mid fours. I’d have called it at 9/4/8/4/16= 4.1. I’ll drop it to a 4.3 and consider myself generous.
Third revisit at Toronado, draft on 3/25/10. Very good, but yeah, this is a 4.2 beer not a 4.4 beer. I’ll drop to 4.2.
Fourth revisit, Batch 001x1. Bottle. 8/27/10. Despite rumors that this one is on the downslide, I found it really good, maybe better than I remember from either of the previous two encounters. Musty red wine for sure, maybe mellower on the acidity. Buttery, yes, a bit. But it works and 4.2 I don’t feel generous, just spot-on.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
200th rating of this beer. Batch 001x4. Strong pop from the bottle. Dark red brown in the glass. Not much head to speak of, but a light ring and small amount of lace. Cranberry nose. Deep tartness. Smells great. Light pucker power in the mouth. Nice deep tartness with the fruity spicy background. Beautiful.
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
SourFest II. Bottling #1. Courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Very fruity taste. Some currant notes. Heavy and thick malt. Finishes off with a bit of oak.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to an american chap had over at mesandsims. Alround rating: Spicey tartness, some cherry berry fruityness, very peppery, seems to have more bitterness than expected also. Its kind of like a quad thats got infected or like its got red wine in it or something. Its not really my scene, i prefer my sours clean and sour, where as this is sweet and spicey, infact it doesnt really seem to be a sour to me, more just a beer with berry fruit in it.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hand bottle from my favorite person thats ever left iowa for santa rosa. OK, you may be the only one, but don’t feel less special. Thanks joey. High light of the night for me. Amber pour with a nice little head coming off of it. Flavor was up front cranberry, plums, an plenty of tannic wine notes. Very tart, mildly refreshing and yum. I had a good time with this one, so did everyone else. Thanks a bunch.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minimal head, wonderfully ruddy dark bronze color, big, slick (almost) body from the currants. Aroma is deeply fruited, sweet and sour mixing. Quite fruity flavors; sour but not heavily so. Wonderful melding of flavors includes tannins (leather, 9 volt battery) and a raisin quality to the fruit. Drinks very easily, and not much hint of 10% (bottle split among three people). Delicious and worth investing in (which is what I have done).