ryanfolty (2380) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 23, 2013 - bottle shared by Bryce. Dark pour with nice head and lacing. Aroma was cranberry and malt. Taste was much better than expected. Nice slightly tart cranberry, malt and splash of alcohol. Nice smooth and medium to full body. Huge thanks to Bryce for hooking me up with a beer I did not think I would have a chance to try!
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GTMW 2012. Hazy brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is mildly sour and fruity with cranberry and dark malts with a bit of chocolate in the background. Taste of chocolate, cranberries, tannins and roasted malts. Semi-sour.
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
18th July 2009
Opaque black stout. Soft palate. Very tangy, flirting with sour. Dark chocolate malt offset by the sourish cranberry. These two flavours dominate and make for an interesting if not entirely harmonious brew.
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with friends, courtesy of forgetfu. Big thanks, Bill! Hazy, dark brown appearance with a small tan head. Vinous, cran-raspberry, roasty anise aroma. Fairly tart cranberry, tangy berry, roasty malty flavor that is fairly sour and fruit forward. Iím surprised that the fruit is still so prevalent.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at Billís tasting #293, big, big thanks to Bill for sharing this one. Blackish red pour with thin to no off white head, nice looking but no lacing. Aroma brought notes of big sweet and tart cranberries, some slight sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla notes, hints of molasses. Taste is big, big tart cranberry, the sweetness went away right away into a slightly thin caramel, chocolate note, hints of vanilla, touch of dusty cocoa as well. Tart finish for sure, interesting brew!
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tasn foam. Aromas of roastiness, cranberry and dark chocolate. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cranberry, roastiness and light dark chocolate with a crisp dry lingering cranberry finish.
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTMW. Brown-black, big beige head. Fruity cocoa aroma. Wow. An interesting mix of flavors for sure. Tart, holds up quite well. Sour and lactic, with a nice chocolate smoothness. Well done, intense.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this at ABR this fall. A very nice fruit beer, not the best Iíve had. but very nice indeed!
beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Dansting, Dan has been holding on to it for a little while to share with me, I highly appreciate it. Its about 3.5 years old. Its rare to come across a beer with cranberry that isnít a cheap as wheat. Pours black with no head. Aroma has a weird fruitiness, apparently cranberries but I wouldnít have guessed. Its a very strong, fumy, and bitter smelling stout. Flavor is bitter on the black patent malts I would say. Flavor just comes off as a strong stout and there is an non-distinct berriness, I would not call it cranberry. I wonder how they crushed the cranberries, may have made a big difference.
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Dansting. Pour is a darker brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is roasted smoked malt with a nice clean fruit cranberry shining through. After the darker malts and tart cranberry clear a bit, the wood starts to shine through a bit with oakiness. The taste is the nose, with a nice balance between the dark roasted malt and the tart cranberry fruit. As it warms, the cranberry really comes to the front, which is pretty amazing given the age on this beer. Palate is medium to full bodied, active carbonation and the finish dries out with barrel woodiness. Interesting beer, glad I got a chance to try this one - thanks a bunch Dan!