KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear deep dark mahogany brown with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in 1-2 seconds and basically had no lacing to speak of.
The aroma was very complex and enticing with a dark grain malt and funky Brett yeast and possessed notes of dark fruit (red grape and black currant), a bit of oak cask and a boldly tart red wine presence.
The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic and had strong currant and grape notes throughout, with the finish having a bold and somewhat dry sour wine alcohol taste. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a bit more than an average duration following the swallow, with a really wonderful sour fruity taste lasting quite a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was right below medium in body with a really smooth dry texture and an almost champagne like carbonation.
Overall I can not express how much I enjoyed this particular brew, it was sweet and fruity yet bold and sour with a fantastic lingering lip smackin’ taste. By far the best Russian River brew I have had to date. I highly recommend if given the chance, that you most definitely give this one a try...
Biroholik (645) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - MAY 1, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draught @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, California (20.04.2016)
Sour Dark Ale leżakowane w dębowych beczkach po Cabernet Sauvignon z lokalnej winiarni. Leżakowało od 4 do 8 miesięcy w beczkach z dodatkiem czarnych porzeczek, dzikich drożdży Brettanomyces, bakterii kwasu mlekowego Lactobacilllus i Pediococcus do każdej z beczek.
10% alk. 19,5 BLG
Aromat POTĘŻNY, głęboki, WIELOWYMIAROWY. Mam wrażenie, że nigdy się nie kończy. Zapach jest dziki, winny, trochę stajenny, końska derka, stajnia, siano, skóra. OGROMNA wanilia, nuty beczki, mokrego drewna, dębiny. Bardzo wyraznie ukierunkowanie w strone ciemnych winogron i czerwonego wina. W smaku chwilami przypomina Duchesse de Bourgogne. Tak wiele się tutaj dzieje. Po kilku łykach dochodzą do tego nuty czarnej porzeczki, ponownie brettów, wiśni. W aftertaste wyczuwalne trufle.
Bardzo gęsty trunek. Wybitnie degustacyjny. GENIALNE! WYBITNE! Jedyne w swoim rodzaju piwo! Jedno z najlepszych jakie piłem w moim życiu 5.0 bez dwóch zdań!
Savage_Night (345) - California, USA - APR 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slight hazy brown/amber with minimal head even thought it has some great carbonation. AROMA: red wine acidity, berries, caramel, currants, apples, slight spices, woody, earthy, tart, mellow citrus, phenolic and malty. TASTE: malty, currants tart berries, bitter sharp apples/pears, red wine tannins, herbal, light spices, faint bitter chocolate, earthy and boozy. AFTER TASTE: tannins, malty, currants, spices and earthy with a dry vinous finish.
oldrtybastrd (4535) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark murky reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, vinegar, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour, yeasty, wood, with a tart sour finish.
donandres (265) - , Washington, USA - APR 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: Brown; medium head goes away fast, lacing
A: like basi/sugarcane vinegar
T: medium sourness,
OA: Very good beer for the style,ok to repeat, not to look for- not my preferred style,
Drank: April 14, 2016
teorn88 (5591) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
37.5cl corked and caged bottle via trade. Massive thanks to Ryan for this one! It pours a clean dark copper color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet acidic tangy winey with notes of blueberries, wine barrel, esters, lemon juice, light balsamic vinegar, tart cherries. Taste is also big sweet fruity tart acidic and lightly funky. Plenty notes of blueberries, lemon juice, tart cherries, light vinegar, white wine barrel and esters. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, very tasty and balanced, top notch
ebone1988 (967) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20, yes. Bottled on March 13, 2015. Aroma is barrel, sour, tart, currants, red wine, lovely. Appearance is red purple, off white head, looks great. Taste is wine barrel, boozy, skins, currants, tannins, really good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light body, wine barrel aftertaste. Overall, I like this one a lot.
GenkiGonzo (929) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Mike. Murky mahogany red with almost no head. Not as tart as I’d imagined. Great berry fruit with some funk. Pretty well-rounded.
JohnGalt1 (1392) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin head with a deep brown brew that is pretty cloudy when held to a light.
Very rich aroma.. very fruity and only mildly funky... tart berries.. whaffs woodiness .. grape bubblegum or soda..
tannic berry skins and an abundant fruitiness... some black cherry essence... maybe even some black caps... more oak than the nose .. a little lactic ... some wet leather and wild strawberry essence shows as it warms ... fantastic body for a sour... carbonation seems abundant but helps balance the slightly heavier mouthfeel ...
sjogro (1941) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Den Haag tasting at Maakun’s. Cloudy brown flat. Caramel brown sour grapes, Wood, walnuts, wild yeast. Fierce sour, brown sugar sweet. Smooth fizzy mineral texture medium body. Very grapes and pits,light bitter. Good brown sour. Like this!
Maakun (2733) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared, thanks to Santa bytemesis for sending this! Deep reddish brown with short lasting beige head that leaves no lacing. Bitter herbs, dried red fruits, overripe berries, peach, dried apple, sherry, balsamico, light caramel. Light sweet and sour with medium bitterness. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Nice, but a bit too herbal for me. Still a pleasure to try it.