TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by eclectic at BCTC. Thanks Kevin! Nose is an abundance of fruit--strawberry, raspberry, cherry, blueberry. Flavors is also very fruity with a bit of alcohol thrown in though it blends pretty well.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very deep coppery pour which releases a very fruity nose. Flavor was sweet, sticky summer fruits...strawberry, raspberry and cherry. OK and drinkable, but a touch cloying for my taste.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 750mL Bottle, #325/1005. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Mostly transparent, blood orange flesh tinted amber pour with a firm layer of tight bubbled, off-white head. Fruity nose of blueberry skins, raspberry juice, and strawberry seeds. Hints of rye spice. Herbal leafy notes and faint pineapple esters. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Very herbal, with a substantial amount of leafy and strawberry seed flavors, making it a bit astringent. Notes of under-ripe blueberries drift in toward the finish, along with some warming alcohol. A bit thin and pithy in flavor overall. There isnít much malt depth to help round it out and the fruits arenít very robust. The aroma is pleasant, but the fruit depth doesnít translate well to the palate. Thanks, Tom!
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL Bottle. Faint fruitiness. A touch of caramel. Subtle and mild. Pours an ambered haze, with a golden fringe. A rim in whitish. Flavor is sweet and piquant in alcohol, strawberries, and spice. Fruity. A bit chewy. Not as complex as I would have expected. Salty. A little jam in the flavor. Itís not bad. A little dry and bitter. Dry and clean for a fruit beer. The seedy bitterness puts me off a little bit. A nip alcoholic. Middle of the road. In the end itís just a little too plain for something thatís supposed to be so intense. And itís not that Iím not appreciating subtlety or nuance, this beer just doesnít get that deep and doesnít really have any other attractive non-flavor qualities. Thanks Sean!
hopdog (8443) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!). Bottle # 228/1005. Poured a medium to deeper and muddy reddish/purplish/brownish color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of lots of different berries (strawberies, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries). I would get a different berry every time I sniffed. The berries were done nice! Tastes of the same berries with some light rye bread in tehre as well. Light tart finish. Good thing I like all the types of berries in this one.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Pours a hazy ruby red/pink with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that left lacing. Aroma of strawberry hard candy, blueberries, alcohol Flavor of the same berries, a little more medicinal in the flavor with some alcohol burn, more strawberry as it warmed also getting some tart notes and bitterness. Some light rye, dry for being a fruity beer...rye may be presenting the bitterness Iím picking up also.
pepsican (1415) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
reddish brown pour with a thin white head. Strong berry aroma. Flavor had a strong fruit kick with a slight acidity. Some graininess and a touch of hops rounded it out. Finished slightly tart with a bit of an alcohol kick.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. We tried this at a tasting side-by-side with a growler of Soft Parade. Darker and hazier than the Soft Parade. Purple-brown in color with a thin white head. Aroma was of blunted berries and some white paper. Tart on the tongue, and not as dry as itís cousin beer. Still fairly dry, though. The body was lighter than I had expected. Nice mix of berry and delicately sweet cereal grain flavors.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle at DLD thanks to Yaniv! Poured deeper, hazy brown with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up lots of darker spices upfront with mixed berry tartness not far behind.. dark and most certainly intriguing. The flavor had lots of blackberry tartness with rising dark spices and alcohol warmth toward the back.. grainy berry seeds ride out the tart, lengthy finish.. tasty! Tart and effervescent on the palate with a dry, grainy back-end.. well-balanced and I really enjoyed the berry component.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 after hauling this from my basement to dld i was ready for a warm disappointment.. i refused to give it to joe in a trade because i thought it would be too terrible and didnt want to be a JO to this nice generous trader.... boy was i wrong... this thing was good!... now that i remember it, the nonimperial one got better as it warmed and this was a pleasant surprise. fruity and spicy the tartness reminds me of a toned down fruity lambic... a refreshing fruit drink with a crip taste....