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.
chucklemation (693) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with an off-white foam head. Aroma is tart fruit and oak. Flavor is more dominated by the oak, with tart fruit in the finish. Very good.
benfergy (231) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma has much wild yeast, and a hint of fruit. As I sip, I also sense caramel malt. The taste is moderately sour with some sweetness. Very smooth. Excellent beer.
arminjewell (8464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Avery Sourfest 2014, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of oak, red wine, dark fruit, caramel into a bit of yeast, bread, some earthy notes into a bit of funk. Taste was a mix of earth, red wine, oak, some caramel into red fruits, funk comes into grain, finishing fairly dry, slightly sweet.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 9-14-2013 at Fort Wayne, IN RateBeer gathering (Corked and caged bottle) The appearance of this beer is a small fizzy tan head that quickly dissipated, amber body with a red tint, very little carbontion observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruit, sour, and tart. The flavor is sweet, sour, lightly tart, malt, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel of this beer is light carbonation and it is medium bodied. Overall, if one likes sour tasting beers, try this one.
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured an orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of fruit, some earth and a bit of funkiness. The taste was of fruit, oak, a bit of metallic tang and a little candy. Very nice.
zach8270 (3794) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Copper pour with a thin white head. Dry funk and slightly sweet aroma. Flavor starts off with a good amount of sour and farmhouse funk, then dries out and moves to a lightly sweet finish with a tart aftertaste. Incredibly impressed.
radio_nowhere (1045) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Bomber into oversized brandy glass, dirty reddish-brown color with tan head. Aroma of cherry tartness, green apples, red wine, wood, dried fruits (raisins, plums, dates), vinegar and brown sugar. Taste starts off fruity sweetness, then quickly goes into sour/vinous notes with berries, spices, vanilla, tannic oak, hay, yeast funk, light chocolate and port. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry with light sour tart finish. Very good barrel aged wild ale, my sour loving wife agrees.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark red color with some haze to it. The head is only a finger high (mocha shade), but has very impressive retention. Its creamy, soft texture doesnít leave much lacing behind, though.
S: Fairly complex. Iím not going to say complicated, though - rather than having a billion notes going a billion different ways, it relies mainly on cherries, tartness, and funk for the aroma. Some whiffs will brings stronger cherry, others bring more in the way of funk or (good) acid. If I could nitpick, its that itís a bit sweet for my preference. Still, a very successful aroma.
T: From the start, it seems like cherry sweetness dominates the flavor, with the funky brett being secondary, the tart bite being tertiary, and the oak tannins being quaternary. Occasionally, some sips will yield more funk than others. After a while, the finish displays a touch of caramel malt, while at the same time, the oak flavors become (slightly) more pronounced. Iím pretty impressed with how complex this is, to be perfectly frank.
M: Wow, as sweet as it initially seems on the palate, it dries out enough on the back end to keep it from being overbearing. Tannins are present but not harsh. Carbonation is quite zesty, too, and combined with the former, this is a surprisingly drinkable brew. Still, itís good enough to savor more slowly.
O: Iím pretty sure this has a ímereí 85 on BA simply because it isnít that tart. To me, this is closer to a 90 (again, on BA). Itís far from the most tart, but itís balanced and delicate, a trait thatís lacking in many íMurican sours (of course, I love a big, brute-force sour monster too, donít get me wrong!) Given my experiences with 13th Hour Stout and New World Tripel last year, I think itís safe to say I generally enjoy SAís barrel-aged, funk-laden brews a whole lot.
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a short fizzy off-white head. Fruity & sour aroma with oak, yeast and vinegar. Flavor was sweet and sour with tart cherries, oak, caramel and light vinegar.
Patrickctenchi (4570) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, red-brown with a small beige head.
Wood, black cherry aroma.
Taste is tart cherry, barrel, and a slight alcohol tang.