Prufrockstar (435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Bigwood 12/6, from notes [1 of 11].
May 2011 vintage. Ruby-red brown, perfect clarity, still surface with only a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge. Aroma is TART black cherry. Taste starts tart, ends sweet with some earthy notes in between. No alcohol burn. Lively carbonation, nice mouthfeel.
First beer of what promises to be a very good day. Friends haven’t shown up yet, so I get this one almost all to myself. My feeling from this and the few other Russian River sours that I’ve had is that drinking these beers is like reading Hemingway. It is well-executed and straight-forward -- not simple by any means, but not heavy-handedly muddled with overt complex flavors. Quite tasty.
jjgmd (1043) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with no head. Nose is wonderfully sour and tart with distinctive Cabernet notes. Taste is a romantic sour tart mixture of fruit, tart citrus and deep tannins . Finishes tartly on the palate, A wonderful sour. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1009) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a red brown with a tan head and tart aroma of fruits and wine. Taste is tart and sour, complex with dark fruit, grapes, red wine, wood, vinegar, currants, and oak leading to a long, dry sour finish. Great sour ale with tons of flavor
stoutnick (287) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red. Aroma is mild tart and winey quality. Taste is big sour, significant cab sav wine flavour. Very dry finish which is perfect. Overall, a great sour - not too sweet, good level of sourness.
sitzds (132) - - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ poured into a tulip. Appears reddish brown with a thin cap that is not sticking. Aroma is sour cherries (the currants?), vinegar, barrel notes of oak and grape, plus tobacco and the yeast/bacteria funk. Flavors start with puckering tart cherry, ease into light fruit sweetness, and end with those drying red wine elements. Medium-full bodied, silky texture, active carbonation, and a dry finish. Complex and interesting overall.
brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle. Huge grape, wood and vinegar aroma. Dark ruby red appearance with steady amounts of carbonation, little foam. Flavors match the nose, very tart and sour, red wine aspects, mellow wood flavor in the background helps keep sourness approachable, aged ale aspect makes it a highly drinkable. Bubbly palate, medium bodied. The flavor just keeps coming, very durable and potent. I swirled it around for about 20 seconds and the taste kept popping out the entire time. Overall excellent and one of the best sours I've ever had. It's worth hunting down if you like this style.
KingCecil (1905) - DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Halling Odense….. It pours clear dark brown with a small white head…. sour, fruits, grapes, oak, light dark fruits, tobacco, white wine….
JBPortland (183) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 375ml bottle, thanks bytemesis! Pours dark red brown with a finger of head. Nose is tart earthy oak, dark fruits, wine, funk. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. Taste is tart berry, earthy, oak, wine, barrel, funk, sweet notes, bready notes. Finish is tart bready fruit, some caramel, plum, berry. Not boozy at all for 10%. Complex. Delicious.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Hollingshead in Orange, CA. Pours a nice, ruby color with hardly any head. Aroma is thick of berries and sweet malt. Light, tart flavor. Strong cherry presence. Tasted very fresh. Not strong in the tart department, but still there. Excellent beer from Russian River.
GothGargoyle (818) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of batch 006 at Apex. Pours a ruby brown with a small pale head. Aroma is sour cherry, currants, red wine, fig, balsamic vinegar. Medium-full bodied, vinous mouthfeel, sweet and acidic on the palate with a slightly dry fruity finish. Taste is currants, sour cherries, figs, red wine.
BigBodyBenz (42) - Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a delicious tasty treat for the palate of beer consumers across the World. Absolutely a Beautiful craft of flavors and smells with tart cherries, red wine, luscious fruits, sweet malt and some good ole’ barnyard funk in there to twist you up a bit but then you got a genuine balanced beer throughout which is thumbs way up. My hat’s off once again for another amazingly crafted beer. Ladies and Gentlemen, Enjoy!