jgb9348 (4732) - 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.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brownish red with minima white head. nose of sourness and oak. thick mouthfeel before a note of sourness and some fruitiness with a nice touch of oak before a bone dry finish. a touch of alcohol adds nice depth. a rather plebeian version of a flemish sour, but a nice style to attempt by such a large brewery. enjoyable
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 08/18/2010. Clear red body with a small creamy tan head. Funky vineagar and malt aroma. Tart funky fruit and light malt with some balsamic notes. Medium body with mdoerately high carbonation.
BuckeyeBoy (2708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out cloudy red/brown topped with a small sand head. Aroma was cherries, sour, tart, barrel, and vinegar. Taste was a little letdown but more of the cherries, tart, and funk. Like I said before the best thing about the Barrel Room beers I have had was the cool bottle.
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cherry red .. good foam .. light in the nose .. flavours of cherry , light oak and a light tartness, well balanced .. i wanna try their kriek .. good stuff!
Wow, the old McNair place. Never thought they’d get the floors clean after what happened. ..
Why? What happened?
..They had a lot of cats. ..
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A reddish brown ale with a super thick moka head. A pleasant aroma of sour cherries, oak barrell, epsom salts, light treacle. In mouth, caramel malt with sour cherries, lactic points, resinous, alcohol, puckering sourness, interesting offering from Sam Adams. Tasted July 5 2010.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer poured a hazy reddish color with a small off-white head. The aroma was woody and mildly tart. Lightly fruity with some cherry notes. The flavor was mildly tart, fruity and earthy. Just a hint of wild character. Favorite out of the three barrel beers.
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish pour, off white head. Aroma has some sweet dried cherries, dried apricots, oak and yeast. Flavor is barely tart. But not overly sweet. Its actually an interesting beer. The sweet and tartness almost cancel each other out in an odd way. Cherry flavor, oak, dry yeasty flavors. Pretty good. Better than I thought it would be.