IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml from brewpub, they only had draft at the preparty Thursday night; Nose of apples, caramel, tart brettiness, woodiness with a hint of wine barrels, and vanilla and spice notes; Rusty copper color, with a light haze of yeast with a medium beige head; flavor shouts oak, caramel, tartness, and dark berries; mouthfeel is tingly bubbles with a light tart finish. Sour, but not too much with a great depth of flavor.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apricot-brown color. Sizable frothy head. Sweet woody aroma. Flavor is sour and very effervescent (tastes like a cider to me). Tingly and very good at masking the alcohol. Iím probably not qualified to judge this style; Iím a straight IPA/IIPA guy and I really struggled to rate this one as if I dig this stlye of brew. So while this one really isnít my thing, I can see why thereís so much excitement about it.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Toronado 20th bíday party. This dark amber ale poured with a thin beige head. This is a delightfully sour brew with a tingly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is quite complex - caramel malt, brett, grass and a hint of cherry. I managed to snag a few bottles for future enjoyment.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 (a big thanks to irishboy for hooking this up)brown/orange body with a nice creamy light brown head.aroma is oak,vanilla,brett,caramel,brown sugar,and molasses.the flavor is a wonderful blend of the aroma,plus some hay,allspice,and belgian yeast.this is nice and complex,and really balanced.one of the best russian river brews i have ever had.