RedSox2004 (1665) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red/brown with a generous tan head and nice lace. Big dark fruit aromas, dominated by black cheery, plum and fig. Flavor profile is all about tartness, almost sour, with cherries, caramel and red grapes leading the way. Almost like drinking a port. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, modest carbonation, and a lingering sweetness in the finish. Nice dessert treat.
wlajwl (5772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is tart fruit, malts and oak. The flavor is berries, tart fruit, a note of syrup and a mildly sweet finish.
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red brown in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is of wood, berries, tart, leather. Taste is of oak, sour cherries, berries, leather, light vanilla.
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red in color. Ugly bottle. The smell is tart, fruit, wood, vinegar, earth, acidic. Clear. Light tan head. The taste is earth, must, wood, fruit, tart, decent complexity, and ok.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brief taste of red wine gives way to a strong sour bite of tart fruit (plums and raisins). The beer goes dry rather quickly and starts to divulge tastes of oak and a hint of powdery chocolate. Light touch of alcohol. Vinous tastes build in intensity. Bone dry finish leaves briefly lingering tastes of oak and chocolatey fruit.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dBottle: The aroma consists of cherries, vinegar, cola, spice, and the slightest hint of oak. It pours mostly transparent orangish-red with a two finger khaki head with okay retention that eventually fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with cherries, cola, and a hint of caramel. The finish has some light-moderate sour cherries, vinega, pepper, and a hint of oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, a decent sour in the mold of Duchesse...with a tad more sourness.
vyvvy (5857) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a reddish/bronze hue and a beige soapy head. the aroma has oak, cherries, tartness, mild wildness, vanilla, red wine and an offset to all of those flavors be rich thick maltiness. Medium / full body with sharp prickly carbonation. The flavor starts out with rich dark caramel malt, some sharp tartness, berries, vanilla, oak, plastic and mild funk. The finish has sweet fruit juice and more bugginess. It hovers with a nice balance of crisp and rich. Hides the 9% abv well. Better than I expected for the style from Sam Adams.
scottw86 (1165) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark clear red color with a large off-white foamy head that didn’t fade. Aroma is not what I expected. Some candy sugar with tart fruity notes. Some alcohol and vinegar as well. Taste is quite tart with some fruity flavors. Lots of cherries. Almost like a kirek. Interesting combinations. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Not bad!
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber with hints of red to it and a moderate head. Nose has quite a bit of oak that almost pushes into an alcohol smell, with strong sour fruit undertones to it. Taste is very sour that I find awfully harsh on the palate.
Travlr (21412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Muddy brown color, large beige head with decent retention. Aroma of sweet and sour sauce. Taste is vanilla, caramel, sour plums, dates, raisins. Nice.