Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma is vinous with some sour cherries, oak, and a hint of chocolate. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a moderate beige head with decent retention. The flavor starts lightly vinous with some hints of chocolate. The finish turns to moderately sour cherry with some light oak. Medium bodied with light-moderate soft carbonation.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle, via Liquid Solutions. Pours a clear ruby brown body with a fizzy beige head. Lots of active carbonation. The nose is tart and hints of vinegar with oak, fruity malt, and a good bit of cabernet vinousness. Very jammy smelling. The sourness hits hard right off the bat. Big juicy jammy currents mix with the cabernet influence pretty nicely. The sourness doesn’t get overbearing thankfully, partially due to the oak influence I think. Mouthfeel is tart and dry with a slightly acidic puckering dryness. Somehow there is no noticeable alcohol here at all which just amazes me for being 10%. Pretty good, but the more and more of this I had I got a bit tired of the jammy sweetness.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at RR. Cloudy brown color, aroma of sour cherries/berries. Flavor the same, along with darker fruits, very slightest of funk, mild oakiness. Weird, vaguely bitter aftertaste drops it down a bit in the rating. Would have enjoyed a stronger sour presence.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby-brown. Aroma of cherries, vinegar, red wine, wood and a light amount of caramel malt. Tastes of sour cherries, wood, wine, vineger and a light amount of caramel. Finishes tangy, fruity, and only slightly dry. Nearly thick, slick mouthfeel. Quite nice, more flavor than just funk and sourness, but just a pinch.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #2 on tap at Verdugo in LA: Pours a transparent dark amber with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Complex aroma of sweet dark cherries and tart vinous oak with. Starts with nice biting carbonation and tart complex oak and cherries with some black currant notes and good acidity toward a slightly warming finish. Another winner from Russian River.
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Split a bottle with my buddy Steve at union jacks. This was his first sour ale and he is hooked. It poured a muddy mahogany with a small tan head. The aroma was of sour berries, brett, oak, slight vinegar and a hint of darker fruit. The taste was fantastic! Great balance of fruit, funk, and oak. Not too sweet, not too sour and the oak rounded everything out. This was dangerously drinkable. It is hard to believe that this beer has a 10% ABV. This is my favorite sour ale.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at DLD ’09. Dark brown and cloudy with small beige head. Aroma is sour fruit and tart and big oak. Flavor is real sour, some barrel, tart and lots of fruit, berry. Medium body and sour pucker. Fantastic.
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Special thanks to bman1113vr for this opportunity.
Pours with a dark ruby, amber hue
Aroma is of alcohol, yeast, and dark fruits.
Flavor has an alcoholic beginning with a sour ending - amazing taste!
Medium texture with light carbonation.
bb (8536) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rich amber-ruby-brown beer with a cream colored head. Tart/sour aroma with nice currant fruitiness and some oak. Tart/sour flavor with currants, oak, and malt showing through. Medium bodied. Lingering sour/tart and some currants. Nice acetic notes. Wonderful.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RATING 4K, many thanks must go to my man SoCal Connection Jon for providing me this bottle: Rich mahogany hue with a small but lasting bubbly head in my big ole Karmeliet glassware. The aroma is pure heaven, wild berries (aka the currants), moderate lacto and brett influences, vinegar and sour milk, caramel and toast, lovely oak tannic expression, salty and smoky too. I could smell this all day. The taste is hardly a letdown, sharp acidity and fruit over a layer of caramel supported by a clean oaky finish. Well rounded and utterly refreshing, I had over half this 750 finished before writing down a word because it was so drinkable. The fruity acidity just never stops, simply the finest Sour Beer I have ever had, KNOW THAT!