LinusStick (2954) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I saw a Sam Adams bottle with a cork in it, then saw it was a sour ale I thought it was going to be terrible. It wasn’t. Aroma was so so. Roasted malt, spices and sour cherry. Pour was a nice dark amber/light brown with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was good for a mass produced beer. Strong vinegar, cherry and yeast flavors bite the sides of the mouth and prickle going down the throat. Nice strong carbonation creates a nice finish that leaves the mouth sour and acidic. Hides the alcohol perfectly. Good job
brenn79 (1671) - Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bad ass barrel looking bottle- Pours dark brown to red with a light tan head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is moderately funky, dark fruits, oak. Taste is very similar to Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne (which I had directly before this), but with more alcohol, this beer hides the alcohol expertly. There is a little less tartness here, and the beer has a slight graininess, but this is a nice beer. Are Sam Adams haters affecting the score here? Because this is nice!
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a delicious looking brown copper color. Tart fruit and a slight funk aroma. Clean and crisp tasting; some wine like components. Dry, tart fruit followed by a slight astringent feel on the palate. Overall, very surprising and delectable for a style that I’m not a big fan of.
BMan1113VR (7897) - 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 (2010) - 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 (249) - 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 (322) - , 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.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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 (1985) - 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 (5188) - 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.