vtafro (4654) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks Briank. Brown pour with tan head. Beer is missing Russian river patented finish, sour flavor has mellowed and alcohol has little to do with the flavor.
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! bottle shared at toronado san diego thanks Dak!
poured into a wine glass tulip. pours a murky reddih brown with a ton of off white bubbles.
the nose is funk, mild dark fruit notes and leather.
the taste is way more mellow and delicate then I expected. very refreshing while having a tone of flavors flying around the mouth. up front you get barnyard and fruit. in the middle you get tabaccoa, leather and tannins on the tongue. in the back you finish with some extension of the leather and tannin feel.
what an amazing brew. so glad to have ticked it!!!!
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Dark chestnut, frothy cream head with heavy lacing. Light lactic lime nose, very reminiscent of framboise for a cure in the mineral aspects, bit of vinous berry and grape. More grape and cherry in flavor, unmistakable body and wonderful light bubbles, hints of vanilla and oak, somewhat standard flavor profile, standard RR greatness in body, but here the carbonation strikes a contrast with the thinner flavor profile, reducing it to a "foamy" experience. This bottle was over the hill and not nearly as expressive as the last time I tried this.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my all-time wants has now been realized. I walked into OíBrienís and it happened to be bartender Tysonís birthday. Sitting at the end of the bar was this bottle. Pour was a hazy amber with ruby glow. Lots of cloudiness from the sediments. Warm leathery funk, high vinegar tart, and a deep pungency lingering. Big full mouth of flavor. Lovely beer that I doubt Iíll ever get to sample again.
BuckeyeBoy (3531) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one of the 750ml bottled white whales Thanks to JohnGalt1 and ditmier collaborative works on landing this one. Pours out a cloudy amber/brown topped with a sand head. Aroma was funk, light vinegar, light Brett, sweet malts, oak, pit fruit, and some of the red wine barrel notes. Taste was much as the nose with lots going on but nothing that was over the top. I would have to sadly say that this one has also moved past its prime. But with that said I was so very happy to finally tried this.
jrallen34 (3495) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to madorb for bringing this 750ml bottle to our tasting...Pours an ugly light brown with ruby highlihts and tons of yeast floaties. A light tan head that is decenly carbonated provides some nice stuff to look at...The aroma is pretty light, most just tart with some oak mixed in, dark fruits on the back...The taste shows off mostly as sour oakiness, its pretty good, amazing that its a blend of five beers, not so much of a wild ale, like an oud bruin in many ways...The feel is nice and easy to drink.
This is a very good beer, but not a top notch wild ale. Gets a lot of pub because of the story and rarity and its good, just not world class. Worth trying IF you can.
cpetrone84 (1676) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-pours a dark ruby red with notes of pink and a violent carbonation rising to the top with huge white billowy head that lingers and coats the glass.
S-the nose is juicy with hints of barrel and lots of red wine. a slightly leather brettcomes in with juicy red grapes and very bright nose with hints of sourness and acidity with a slight note of citrusy orange peel in the back.
T-light dry oak with a good juicy red wine presence and well integrated notes of brett. hints of leather, peppery, and juicy red grapes. a random raspberry that is somewhat sour and a subtle acidity in the back.
M-lighter in body and very drinkable with lively carbonation, crisp and rather dry, soft and subtle on the palate.
D-extremely well balanced with awesome flavors of juicy grapes and raspberries with nice brett additions. good acidity and light sourness. everything is balanced nicely and nothing is too pronounced as the juicy flavors and dry finish do this for me.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronzed gold. Buoyant, fine-bubbled ivory head. Pleasant nose of Band-Aid, iron, straw, peach, pineapple and coconut. Firm in body with soft, expansive effervescence. Well-rounded tartness yields to a gently coarse brush of vanillin oak. Graceful emergence of springy strawlike malt cradles the complex assortment of fruity esters (peach, plum, unripe strawberry). Brisk irony tartness deepens the center as it merges with the pineapple acidity. Oak remains crisp throughout, augmenting the dryness. Slightly tacky and cheesy at times, which hinders drinkability, though a plethora of snappy brett-derived phenolics compensates adequately. Finish displays a proportionate fusion of straw, oak and iron adorned with tongue-puckering plum-skin acid. Rather straightforward and not particularly characterful, but, as always from Russian River, a very respectable Sour Ale.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Russian River night at Toronado. Pours a very dark amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is funk with some raisin, plum, other dark fruits, and a bit of red wine. Also a bit of yeast and some light alcohol. The initial taste is tart with a bit of raisin and some light vinegar. A bit or red wine and fig also comes through. The finish is tart with some alcohol and a little yeast. Probably the most full bodied sour that Iíve had so far. Medium carbonation. Very good beer. Iím glad to have tried it, but I would say many of the of the shelf Russian River sours are better. This was my first time having it, but I would guess it is slightly past its prime
brokensail (12765) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is amber, maybe copper, in color with a short lived off-white head.
S: Quite a lot going on in the nose here. Grass and oak are prominent up front, but a wine note starts to kick in. Lots of dark fruits and a slight vinegar aroma. A surprising malt and vanilla note to this which creeps in as the beer warms.
T: There is a very big red wine flavor that is one of the parts about this beer that I quite enjoy. Some mild cherries and lemon along with a touch of vinegar providing the tartness. A bit oak character and a mild leathery funk. As I take more sips, more sweet malt such as caramel comes through. Very surprising.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The elusive T20 has been tried and I must say that I was a bit let down by it. Of the big Russian River rarities, I much prefer Deviation. This is a very complex beer, so perhaps I just donít "get it".