fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Caponeís a week ago. Aroma of raspberries, sour grapes, sweet, almost soda-like cherry, pineapple funk, some vaguely fecal funk, and behind everything a good deal of oak with some leather. Flavor quite tart with tons of tart grape and a tannic character with a pruney, leathery finish. Quite tasty.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle. Poured a reddish brown with very little head.... other than the champagne like overflow after opening. Aroma of sour wine, oak and cherry. The flavor was spectacular... wine like. Oak, cherry,and leather. Finished with a nice sour bite. A fantastic ale. Canít wait to crack open my other bottle in a couple of years.
UPDATE: 5/5/2009 - Second bottle opened... Fantastic!! I think Iíve gained more appreciation for the style. I canít believe I could taste a more perfect beer.
beernbourbon (1492) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 Pours a beautiful deep brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of sour cherries, wood and sweet berries. Flavor is wood up front with a nice dose of sour fruit in the middle. Finish is full of oak, berry and deep earth tones. Very full body with alcohol well hidden. never would have believed 10%. Very tasty. - Updated: seems to be less sour and less complex than I remember. Have not enjoyed this as much the past few times I have had it.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a generous tan head. Smells of earth, residual sugar, currants, syruppy, yeasty. Tastes sour and dry with some metallic hints and sweet currants. Finish yields some funky pit like hints. Decent, but not mind blowing.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
700th Rating: Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle (Batch 001x4) and served in a snifter. Generously provided by doubleo. Thanks Kyle! This beer poured a mahognay brown with some ruby highlights and a fizzy, highly carbonated two-finger thick head of tan foam that quickly settled into a lasting cap. Some slippery lacing. The aroma included strong oak, vinous dark fruits, and lightly sweetened tart currants. Some lightly sour notes. Definately a strong wine character. Nice mix of sweet and sour. The flavor displayed a fairly intense oaky, wine barrel character. Tart currants followed by a mellow acidity. A lingering woody, cherry pit note was left on the tongue. The 10% ABV was undetected. Finished mostly dry, but there was still some unexpected sweetness lingering. Medium-bodied with crisp, aggressive carbonation. Very well done. Quite a bit more tart, and not nearly as sour as expected, but it works. A wonderful beer!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
20090329 Tap at Capones. Deep caramel amber, no head. Oaky, vinous, acidic. Cider and must. Acidity is lighter than expected, seemingly tempered by the wood, but still quite powerful and refreshing.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
March Houston Tasting. Thanks to Kaggie. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Small bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, plum, wine and cherries. Flavor is currents, funk, wood, and sour. Fizzy mouthfeel.
drfabulous (6021) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 Iíll rerate when I open my own bottle, but for now: Lots of wine and cherry. Oak. Honey. Not overtly sour, but rather very mellow and nice. Wonderful beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a nice violet deep dark woody almost brown- mostly clear- bottle is mostly hazy thicker and brighter fruity red. Overall- I like the draft maybe a touch better due to its raw powerful sourness whereas the bottle is more big fruit straightforward. Tap aroma of sharp tart sour cherry, woody, grape skin, slight vegetal- cassis- and light jamminess with sour notes all around. Flavor is vinous, grape skin , tannin, astringent, sour cherry pit, very sour cherry- tart red cassis, light herbal vegetal tomato but much less so than any other currant beer- funky and quite sharp acidity and sour in the end. Awesome stuff. I loved both bottle and tap, but they were both light night and day.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to KAggie. pours a dark brown with an off-white head. Nose of perfume and oak. Taste is of vinous fruit. Mouthfeel was very sour.