mbgrayson (487) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish, with a light to medium tan head. Aroma of fruit, malty and oak notes. Tastes of a Belgian with fruit. The bottle aging and the oak are there too, but subtle. Also, fairly smooth. Thumbs up.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. Dark orange, very small khaki head. the aroma is tart fruit, little bit of sweetness behind it. The flavor is honey, tart berries. There is a little bit of oakiness that comes toward the finish. Pretty good attempt, considering, but lacks complexity.
gyllenbock (3941) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2010.
Slightly hazy reddish/brown with no head.
Nice aroma of fruit, oak and some cherries. Very refreshing with a pleasant sourness. A good beer!
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2010. Golden red with no head. Fruity, sour, fresh, oak. Tart and refreshing with some complexity. Interesting beer and very drinkable. Good take on the style!
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours hazy and dark Longhorn-orange with no head. Fruity, malty, acidic and lightly acetic bouquet – chocolate covered cherries and caramel are proffered. Full-bodied and thick with buzzing carbonation. Fruity, moderately acidic flavor – caramel sweetness and earthy bitterness. Well-balanced between tart, sweet and bitter. Finishes tangy, mildly bitter, a touch alcoholic and dry. Bottle courtesy of growler!
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoyed this one...deep crimson pour produced a foamy off white head. Aroma was a nice combination of sweet and sour with the tart taking a bit if a backseat. Lots of fruit, cherry skin, caramel, brown sugar, and subtle oak both in flavor and on the nose. Medium to slick mouthfeel...definitely my favorite of the series.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 9/25/2010. This sour/wild ale pours a deep red color from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and slightly tart. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity, cherry and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice mellow sour ale. The fruitiness is balanced by the sour/tart and some subtle wood flavors. As it warms the tartness seems to intensify. Decent carbonation. A great sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
jgb9348 (4435) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice slightly hazy bronze and light brown coloured body with a ruby glow and a good tan head. Aroma of fresh cherries, sour grapes, oak, sweet sugar and a touch of light malt - very nice and mouthwatering already! Medium-bodied; Oaky and malty at first with a pungent large bodied feeling then fading to a tart and sour cherry flavour all covered up with a lot of sweetness and a very strong finishing flavour. Overall, a good beer - perhaps a bit too malty and chewy for a typical sour beer, but showing good characteristics and potential - especially for a mass-produced beer. I wouldn’t take this over pretty much any other sour, but its nice to see Sam Adams trying to do something respectable! I sampled this funky odd shaped 75 cL bottle purchased from McKinnon’s Meat Market in Salem, New Hampshire, sampled the next day on 22-September-2010 at a hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sample Date: 8/18/2010 Source:Other) Special tasting at Wine and Beer Westpark, Richmond. Dark malts with some woodiness in aroma along with a light sourness. Clear amber brown with small white head. Flavor is earthy and malty with light Brett sourness. Balanced warming finish is lightly sour with nice earthy wood notes. Excellent.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour a deep amber with a finger of head, looks really nice!! Nose also, is very nice, cherries, oak and a hint of sour, not too much sour on the nose though...
taste is actually a bit disappointing. I have been wanting to try this one for a while. a little tart, but not too much, nice smooth oak, hint of cherries and hat is all. Seems like Boston just tried to dip a foot in the sour category and see what it was all about. This has a lot of potential, and so does the brewery in this style... that is obvious in the taste, but the stopped short to try harder to appease the masses so they could say, Hey this sour isnt bad... taste is meh.