PhillyCraft (2571) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, Batch 1 compliments of Pat on my birthday. Huge thanks for this ridic sour Annie. Pour is a very deep murky dark orange. Very minimal head and thin circle of lacing around the inner glass. Aromas of honey mead, barley wine aroma, juicy caramel, buttery oak, french chardonay, delicious malts, funky wild yeast and other notes like temptation. Taste is the perfect amount of sourness, slightly restrained. Taste of honey, bret, aged balsemic, lemon leather, vinous notes, lactic acidity, white grapes, chardonay. Wasnt sour at first but an insane mouth watering puckeryness comes out at the finish especially on the back and sides of the tongue. Shit mehhh. Insanely rare and unique sour from one of my all time favorite sour producers.
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Bottle courtesy of Clockwork - big thanks for a taste of this gem. Pours a deep, hazy amber orange body with no head or lacing. Aroma is faint fruit and funk. Mouthfeel is tart with notes of tart oak, wine, grape, faint fruit and funk. This has definitely started to fade with age, but still an interesting sour. I would’ve loved to try this fresh. Brew it again, RR!
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours amber and hazy with almost no head. Light funky-ish base, light grainy malty notes, hints of fruits, and a light tartness. Balanced and drinkable, I guess, but a touch on the bland side.
jtclockwork (6213) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle for my 5,000th rating. Thanks to Irishboy. Shared at 5K/10K/4K tasting. Pours orange amber. Nose and taste of yeast, citrus, cheese, musky fruit and light acid. Medium body. Nice beer.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a hazed gold with no head. Big funk and a nice cheesy note. Cheesy with a nice amount of musk, light acid and a bit of funk. Long funk with a bit of phenols on the finish. Very tasty.
dogfish120love (828) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy somewhat bright yellow. Prominent grape/Chardonnay notes. Barely sour. Somewhat oaky
Godofthecellar (480) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge whale, not holding up IMO....
Flavor was musty grapes, oak and wood. overaged brett. apple peel.
Nose and taste of old american sour, which is what it is. Mehhhh
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Big grape and muted vanilla/oak aromas. Cloudy copper pour with a fleeting white head. Slightly effervescent with dry white wine notes, and undercurrents of mandarin oranges, caramel and oak. Simply a another bad ass wild ale from the cats in Santa Rosa....
Huhzubendah (2157) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled acquired via trade. Thanks Brian! Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010 alongside six other Russian River wild ales.
Depuration appears a slightly hazy yellow color. There is only a tiny head which leaves no discernible lacing.
The aroma is wonderful. Grapes and a general tannic quality along with hints of oak barrel.
I really enjoyed this. I only wish that there was more, as this was a 375mL bottle. I enjoyed the tannic or wine-like aspect of the beer very much. I definitely found a grape presence in there as well. Russian River wild ales are some of the best beers on earth, in my humble opinion. I feel very fortunate to have sampled this rare delicacy.
M: Very tannic, with a slight vinegar bite in the finish. Terrifically sour and wonderful.
D: Of course, I’d love to try this again. Sadly, there are no plans for a re-release. A great experience.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pour is transparent orange with a tight white head that dissipates immediately. The nose has some white grapes with some buttery notes and a bit astringent. The flavor is buttery and malty. Some sweet white grapes and barrel notes. A touch messy with a medium body, assertive carbonation and semi dry finish. never had fresh but a bit of a mess now and assuming its well past its prime.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the bets sours I have ever tasted. Great balance of sourness and yeasty banana flavors. Wood shines through as well. Very nice mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Aromas of bread and some funk. This was batch 001. Bummed that it seems to be retired.