Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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 (1088) - 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.
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great beer I had this on draft at the Russian River pub in Santa Rosa. Dark in appearance. Pours a dark brownish red color with a slight acidic nose . Taste is cherry tang on oak not cuvee sour but just enough to give this beer that awesome winesque. Something that Vinnie does better than everyone else! This beer takes a couple sips to get use to but it’s really hard to put down after a couple sips.
LilBeerDoctor (3227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweettart candies, oaky notes, and lots of sweet notes. Flavor is very tart and acidic with Brett, light pale malts, a touch of yogurt, and wine-like notes (red grapes). Very flavorful but the palate is a bit wearing over time. Not my favorite type of sour but this was quite good.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 750 shared at the Houston funk/sour/lambic/gueze tasting. Weird thing: we had 4 bottles of this brought to the tasting-great minds drink alike. This one thanks to kaggie97. Filtered dark brown. Nose is very tangy, strong fruity flavors. Taste comes off sweet, fruity, very fizzy/carbonated then punchy. Not sure what to think about this one. Next time we’ll try this earlier in the rotation. But I like.....
Swolf3 (261) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Capones. Poured ruby red with small white head. Aroma is very tart with some fruits, oak and some wine characteristics. taste is tart, dark fruits, oak, and tangy. Easy to drink and enjoyable.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Beerhugger! Brown/ruby body, incredibly thin head. Nose is cherry/fruits, russian river-esque funk, brett, a little bit of wood. Flavor is acidicy cherry, very slight plastic, wood. Very dry fruity finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Sparky27...THANKS ERIC!!! Beautiful crimson pour with a fluffy eggshell head that diminishes into a small ring. Great carbonation...hundreds of tiny bubbles fighting to be the first to the top of the glass. Aroma is cabernet wine, balsamic vinegar, oak and vanilla. Flavor is both ripe and unripened dark fruit, tart and tangy along with a natural sweetness. There isn’t any artificial or cloying here. Extremely drinkable. A truly great beer.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at capones. Poured into a snifter. Black dark red in color, nice little head that stuck around. Sour/tart aroma, also maybe a red wine and oak on the nose. Taste is a bittersweet tartness to it. Easy to drink, light in texture. Overall Good beer, Since I am not a sour fan, I wouldnt buy or seek out this beer but I did enjoy drinking it
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Tap at Capone’s. Pours an interesting purple hued brown color with a small lacing white head. Aroma is very tart with berries, some oak, and earthy notes, funky brett finds its way in there also. Taste is complex. Sharp tart cherries, oak, earthy notes, currant, and s tart/sour finish, some barnyard and horseblanket brett sneaks in there also. Definitely over the top sour but thats not a bad thing. ***Rating Updated after having a few vintages and taking some more notes.