ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A corked and caged 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle yields a clear, dark brown liquid with hints of red hue. There is a substantial tan head that lingers until the glass is empty, leaving good lacing. The aroma is earthy, fruity and spicy. There is also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Palate entry is sweet and short-lived as flavors of dark cherry, raisin, port wine and peppery spice quickly take over. The oak barrel aging really peeks through in the finish, which is gloriously well-balanced, complex and long-lasting. ABV comes in at 9.0 percent. Very Good.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, caramel, toast, light chocolate, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, caramel, toast, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, green apple, plum, raisin, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with balanced sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
TizzleJizzle (530) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a big bottle at the Bluebonnet Brew-off. Poured a clear dark reddish-amber color with a cream colored top. Taste of funk, oak, dark fruits, and sweet malts. High carbonation, medium body. This brew is a winner!
Beerathon (957) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard to believe, but his is an incredibly easy drinking sour ale. Sweet and tart, dark fruit flavors, rich. Nicely done.
patrick767 (3402) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting, Sept 2013 - Pours lightly hazy amber and smells of malt, dark fruit, yeast and slight sourness. The flavor has sweet malt dominating with light tartness. It’s bubbly and medium to full bodied with a lightly bitter, slightly tart finish. Very nice.
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is ruby red with a finger-wide white head. Aroma of port wine, oak, raspberries, and peat. Flavor is tangy and sweet at first but transitions into a tart finish.
jbruner (1983) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper red from the bottle with dissipating bubbly tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is very nice funky fruit sourness with a hint of sweet vanilla. Taste is less impressive, but still much better than I was expecting from Sam Adams. Bubbly carbonation, nice lasting tartness on the tongue.
puboflyons (1883) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the barrel shaped corked, caged bottle. The pour is a slightly cloudy brown color with a modest little cream colored head. Good sour and wild characteristics on the nose with a bready malt sensation and a kind of wine-line ester. Yeast notes. Vague spice notes. Smells tart. Light to medium body. The taste has a modest malted bready flavor at first but it does not take long for the tart, grape and citrus zing to kick in. But at the same time I pick up a touch of clove more in the taste rather than the nose. Interesting all around.
michcam8 (267) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am fairly new to wild sours, but I enjoyed this one. Readily available, somewhat pricey, but overall a nice beer. Pours a murky brown, with a lively brown head. Funk, tart, sour, malt, and wood coming thru on the taste. Enjoyable brew!
kerenmk (2001) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear dark ruby brown with a big, frothy cream-coloured head. A little lactic aroma, sour, bretty, ripe fruit. Tastes a little worty, delicate sourness. Full body, a little cherry finish.
COMRADEJOSH (261) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funky fruity aroma. Dark cola appearance and lightly carbonated. Sour taste in a tangy way. Very much reminds me of a flat cherry cola actually tasty in a sweet and sour way.