BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a very deep red/mahogany hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are of chocolate, vinous, tannic, nuts, currant, lactic acid, earthy, red wine, medium yeast esters and phenols, unripe plum, oak, vanillin, low acetone, light cough drop. Flavors are sweet upfront, dark and unripe plum, acetone, oak, vinous, prune, red wine, cherry pit. Low lactic acid in the finish. Very light acetic acid. Medium to fuller bready and caramel malt character. Alcohol noticeable. Malt character closer to an Oude Bruin (minus the oak). Lively carbonation with a dry finish, warming. I wish the sourness and funk complexity were stronger, but this was still a nice beer to drink.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber copper color with a quick soapy khaki head that leaves a tight soapy collar and wispy film. Aroma is the best part of this beer nice and tart/sour with cherry some wine characteristics and malt. Taste is tart with subtle sourness and shows signs of wine and wet corks along with plenty of malt and cherry notes in the finish. Palate is full and slick with a drying funky finish. Not bad at all this is a nice surprise by Boston Beer Co.
ljstephenson (247) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep mahogany red, rapidly disappearing off-white head. Aroma is moderate hops with fruit, mostly plum. Flavor is very syrupy, light carbonation, heavy on ripe fruits. Finish is syrupy, heavy malt.
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RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Bottle. Reddish brown with a thick off-white slightly yellow head. Aroma is acidic with a little funk, lots of cherry notes, some caramel as well and a little wood. Taste is a disappointment. Sweet and malty with a light to medium bitterness, and only a little sourness. Needs a lot more acidity and funk. Finish is dry and woody. Light to medium body, well carbonated. Solid beer, but not a good sour.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep reddish brown without much head, just a bit of a tan cream halo. Aroma is slightly funky with hints of vanilla, fruit (apple) and oak. Taste is not too sour, but big hits of oak and malt with a bit of tart fruit. Best part is that this is flavorful without coming anywhere near vinegary. Not the greatest example of a sour, but certainly not bad one.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of tart cherry, figs, and some funk. Pours deep iced tea with a big head. Taste is tart but not overly dry with nice sourdough, brown sugar and fresh cherry notes. Very approachable and super yummy.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, tartness, oak and caramel. Malty and oaky flavor with a tart fruit finish.
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, custom capsule, corked, baled, with a little brochure. Pours a murky dark brown with ruddy edges. Dense creamy tan head. Drippy lace. Balsamic and strawberries on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Balsamic, strawberries, nice tangy mid palate. Creamy berry-ish finish. Nice effort.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a thick, lively apple butter brown with a nose of pleasant fig, sour brown sugar, earthy wood, and spiced red wine. Flavor is tart and assertive dark berry mashed in wet wooden barrels and left outside to collect leaves. Dank and musty finish of wood, earth, and plumb. Lingers on the tongue. Good beer but too malty for me.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 750 ml grenade shaped bottle. Pours a dark copper with a thin, but long lasting off-white head. Aroma is pleasantly sour, vinegar, sour candy. Flavor is similar with some nice sour notes akin to sweet and sour candy, rather than a vinegar-like sourness. I often wonder if the gene that controls my "sour" taster isn’t working as I can never describe a sour beer accurately, A sour beer fest would be a waste of time for me! Sticky mouthfeel. Pretty solid.