kegbear (437) - 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 (751) - 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 (3574) - 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 (2693) - 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 (3445) - 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 (1858) - 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 (803) - 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
mpersinger (311) - , California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 On draft at RRBC. Integrated fruit that dries out in finish, like a great Petite Syrah or Rhone, but softer and with a tang.
Pours from 750ml like dark cherry nectar with faint off white spray of foam. Aroma and flavor dominated by jammy cabernet fruit notes and tart currant with sour acidity.
Nearly medium-bodied with almost slick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Just a tinge of balanced alcohol warmth (hiding the huge ten percent). The bouquet of wildness in the aroma carries through to long-lasting aftertaste.
Taverner (1044) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 On Tap at RR. Smells like cherry oak. Looks like dark cherry champagne. Funk in full, but not overkill. This was after drinking Sanctification, so my sour buds were prepped for any sourness there. Notes of tannin and the currants, as well as wine notes all over the place. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: I can completely see the tobacco notes in this! Smells like either (1) a fresh FRESH pack of cigarettes or (2) A cigar from the streets of Havana. I love this beer! It made a Sour lover out of me!