bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy red body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, herbs, caramel, and some oak notes. Flavor of cherry, medicinal, lacto, vinous, and caramel.
bigguns22 (774) - Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A gift from a good friend; First I have seen was on Christmas .Bottle number 2460.Pours like a killians red in color.Tart,sweet and very much like a lambic.Head has tight bubbles and tan in color.Sweet and acidic like a good aged balsamic vinegar.Very good beer.
PhatB420 (837) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a nice brew to sip and enjoy. I enjoyed how there was a strong wine like backbone holding it down the whole time. Bitterness prevails here and what a treat to slowly endulge in this greatness. Although the bottle said 9% and not 7%. Right on
phaleslu (9307) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle brought back from Sam Adams to St. Louis by a buddy of mine who works there. Thanks again, John. Pours a ruby-red color with a thick, tinted head. Aroma of tart cherries, bretty funk, oak, and sweet malts. Flavor follows suit, with the tartness increasing as it goes down and warms, as well as some subtle hop notes emerging along with the oak. Medium-bodied, with moderate to above average carbonation and a tart, fruity, funky mouthfeel. Pretty impressive beer, and easily my favorite of the three Barrel Room Collection beers.
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Brewery- thanks Marci. Dark copper color, fizzy head. Aroma is raisin and oak. Intense tart cherry fruit taste. Like a cherry pie in a glass. Hints of oak. Rich, creamy, and warming. Not at all what I was expecting. This would be a great Thanksgiving beer- I crave turkey, cranberry sauce, a warm fire, and a table of family and friends.
douglas88 (8331) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Holiday tasting. Perhaps thanks to Dave. Pours a cloudy brown color with a off-white/grey head. The aroma is rich cherries and oak. A rich fruity vinous flavor, tart, a nice Flemish sour. Woody. Nice.
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour with tan head and lace. Sour cherry and lgiht paper. Brown sugar and sour cherry flavor. Thin and fizzy.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
great beer, excellent sour ale from sam Adams. sour flavors of apple and cherry stand out at first, and the finish is malty with vanilla flavors. this is outstanding and underrated. probably as good as la folie and better than zuur. sour ales are hard to find so grab this one while it’s available
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, cream, three fingered head, slowly fades to a thin layer (should be poured slowly) and leaves a good lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is hazy amber. Tart fruit nose. Flavor is tart fruit and oak, the higher ABV (9%) is hidden. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.95 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a hazy, blood red color with an average, dark beige, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is pleasant with a brett-like tartness, minimal mushroom funk, toasted oak, light vanilla, tart black cherry, some vinous-like tannins, and maybe just a bit of chocolate. The flavor starts out pleasant with similar black cherry, light chocolate, some vanilla and toasted oak, only hints at some funk, much less tart than the nose led on. The middle is actually mostly sweet with just hints of toasted oak and funk for some depth, and the finish is somewhat tannic, bringing some bitterness with some dry chocolate notes and black cherry left on the tongue. The palate is nice with a lively carbonation, medium to full body, and a coating but refreshing mouthfeel with some dryness on the back end. Actually a pretty nice beer from SA with the mild tart notes and the subtle oak complexities but just a few things could have been better... The middle could have used some balancing bitterness or tartness, the complexity was fair for the strength and style, and the tartness seems to disappear in the flavor. Nice offering but not worth the money.