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. It’s 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 (8539) - 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 - it’s 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. It’s good, but it’s 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.
IrishBoy (4102) - 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. I’m probably not qualified to judge this style; I’m 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 isn’t my thing, I can see why there’s so much excitement about it.
marcus (9133) - 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 b’day 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 (1799) - 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.