presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CapFluís tasting after GCBF. Big head. Cloudy reddish brown. Sour nose. Sour drinkable and malty. Sinks into the teeth.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/Amber with a thin tan head.
Aroma is caramel with a light sourness, cherries. Taste has a nice dose of Brett, cherries, caramel, and oak. Pretty Good.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours from the 750ml bottle with a wispy, ring of a head that sits atop a hazy, amber-brown colored beer. The aroma is a mix of sour aromatics, and major oak. The oak character is quite encompassing and quite complex as far as oak goes; aromas of spicy wood, hot almost whisky like notes, soft buttery wood and touches of vanillin are all quite evident. This aroma would really appeal to those who really love oak. For me though, the aroma is way too one dimensional; I really prefer oak character to serve as a backbone for the malt, hop and fermentation character.
The beer tastes sour up front and thankfully the oak notes are much more in check in the flavor department. Fruit notes of tart plums and fleshy tamarind notes are in evidence and they intermingle with and are wrapped up in the sour character of this beer. This has a really nice level of funk and sourness to it. There is lots of complexity to this brew with additional flavors of cherries (is there some supplication in this blend), tannic woodiness, spicy oak, touches of butterscotch and a hint of vanillin. This has a fullness to the body, that carries the flavors quite well; part of the fullness seems to be from the barrel character (tannins and such providing additional body).
I am much relieved that the oak notes where only part of the overall mix in the flavor of this beer. I really like how this is a nice mix of fruit flavors, oak derived notes and tart funk. In fact the flavor is really well integrated and all the flavors are delivered cleanly to my palate without any muddied / muddled quality.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: It pours a dark, hazy amber with a tightly bubbled creamy yellowish head. Itís tangy, sour, apple-cider-ish that finishes with juiciness. A great beer to have with food.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Toronado. Very woody aroma, some syrupy malts. Moderately fruity, acidic twang, medicinal. Flavor is moderately sour, more oakiness, some esters. Lightly bitter, appealing finish. I will say that this hides the alcohol very well. Nicely balanced.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Flavor is mostly sour apple thats been left on the barn floor to ferment. The prickly carbonation and spiciness combined with a beautiful eggshell white head make it a nice looking and tasty beer.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Shared by Dr. Bill. Slightly hazy, pale ruddy amber pour with a thin layer of wispy off-white head. Aromas of mildly tart apple skins and oaky vanilla greets the nose up front. Deeper contemplation reveals notes of earthy herbal moss and floral lavender petals. Light acidity and mild funk; alcohol noticeable as well, but restrained. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Could use a bit more carbonation to help highlight the acidic brightness of the beer. Then again, that might be an inevitable difficulty with a beer this big. A wave of moderately acidic chardonnay grapes on the front of the palate, followed by red cherry pits, oaky dryness, and a hint of cheese rind. A touch of black pepper spice and herbal dandelion stems round out the finish. Itís tasty, but could use a livelier carbonation, more acidity, and less herbal bitterness. It will be interesting to see what happens to this one over time. Thanks for sharing, Dr. Bill!
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft.Copper/bronze beer with an off-white head. Malty, tart, berry, cherry, fruit, oak aroma - itís good here. Berry/tart/malt/oak flavor with light aciditiy. medium body. Lingering tart/oak, berry, fruit. The 50/50 is much better and the fan boys are going to go crazy over this. Itís good, but itís not one of the best.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours with a brown color. Lots of sourness in th aroma, together with some caramel. Very tart actually sour finish, borderline for me. Hints of vinegar, maybe a bit of oak and caramel.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft@ Toronado. Murky brown/ copper color with an ivory head. Tons of green apples and brett in the nose with hints of oak. Woody and sour with more green apple flavors. The alcohol comes on pretty hard in the finish.