jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at bruisin ales. Wow this was a really nice brew. Like cherry cream cheese with oak and sour undertones. Very unique. Wouldve liked to have tried another sample, but jsh12’s mom made us leave.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Brusin’ Ales. Pours ruby red with thick off white head. Aroma of funk, oak, and cherries. Taste of cherries, oak, and brett. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very refreshing brew. Could drink this all day.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Tap at BT. Pours a deep ruby red- slight haze , thin head, and crazy good lacing. Aroma is slight bourbon, oak, light tartness, lemon, tart sour cherry and nice caramel sweetness. Great flavor- the tart cherry zing at the end is actually more pronounced in this version than the regular or the EBF version- slight cherry in the middle, but mostly bourbon, oak, toasty malts, caramel and toffee sweetness, and slight medicinal. Nice tart finish- laco, wood, tart cherries, and astringency all blend for a great mouthfeel and finish.
Tap at EBF. Pours a hazy medium amber with a diminsihing head. Aroma is dusty a bit old and stale- a wierd cheesy funk- old and very slight with the cherry and cherry pit- with a bit of vanilla from the oak. Flao is a bit dusty, not too much going on, lgith herbal character- oak, vanilla, likght brett, cheese, and some slight dusty cherry or oxidized cherry juice. Strange beer, but I guess Id rather drink this than the regular version.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a cloudy amber body with a thin white head. Nice cherries and oak in the aroma, actually smells quite awesome and mouthwatering. However some of the spice didnt hold as well in the flavor either the pepper oh well. BA’ing did this well overall.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade. Deep orange-amber beer. Very hazy. Aroma is lightly oaky over a soft sweet cherry aroma. There is a soft sweetness through the middle but there is also a soft cherry tartness that I didn’t really notice in the original. Fairly oaky on the back as well. Sweet and fruity with a light minerally peppery flavour. Surprisingly tasty considering how little I like the base beer.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade: Pours a nice cloudy/muddy amber with a dense, light tan film of head. The aroma is very oaky- buttery/sweet oak, soft bourbon sweet notes, some cherry skin tartness and a touch of horse-like brett sharpness when swirled. Light feel on the palate- lots of oak in the flavor as well. Doesn’t have a sweet booziness, so it remains fairly dry and drinkable. The brett isn’t really at the fore- a light tartness is there with a touch of cherry. Perhaps just a touch of horsey subtlety peaks its head through when it warms. Some residual oak tannins are there. This original beer improved vastly with the brett strain and the oak. Pretty tasty.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade for the Smuttynose event. Nice red, unfiltered pour. Oak sweet, bretty aroma, a lot of cole slaw, white pepper. Sweet and sour in flavor, mild and puckering, unripe strawberries and hay. Very complex. A good punch of tartness without being fermented down to pure acid. Very drinkable, a solid and surprisingly good effort. Just goes to show that when barrel aging and/or souring beer, the quality of the base beer standing on its own isn’t really that important.