OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75 L bottle, kindly shared by yngwie. A coarse, yellowish, foamy head upon a very dark, mahogny colored body. Dry, vinous aroma. A prominent smell of berries up front. Fresh, natural, with a rounded tartness. Chocolate notes and a mild coffee in the background. Suggestions of wood and cellar. Taste is complex and balanced. A rich cranberry flavor, dry, tart and fresh, blends well in with the lightly toasted, chocolatey malts. Coffee notes and a touch of vanilla and wood. Well-bodied. A pleasant astringency on the palate. Dry, vinous, berry-fruity finish. A lovely fruit beer!
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle that cellared quite well. Poured black/brown with ruby tones showing through, and a bubbly head that diminished so quickly that it was hard to get a read on the color. I guess somewhat off white/light tan, leaving a very small ring, light film, and some spots of lacing. The aroma was tart dark fruit and a touch of vinous nature. The flavor was tart cranberries, only a hint of sweetness, dark chocolate, some moderate hop bitterness and a dry, slightly tannic finish. The alcohol didn’t seem to show up. As I said when this first came out for Surly’s 2nd anniversary. A big fruit, novelty brew, that was enjoyable trying once. But in this case, twice, and better than a year and a half later.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, thanks Guerde and OSLO!) Pours dark brown to black with a light brown head. The aroma is of sour cranberries with (chocolate/dark bread) roasted malt in the background. Undertones of raspberry vinegar, honey, vanilla covered green apples, mouldy basement, wood, coconut and butter. The flavour is light sweet, light bitter and medium acidic with notes of tart cranberries, roast, wood, vanilla, butter, vinegar and hints of fruits. The mouthfeel is astringent and tart. Dry finish. Medium bodied. More interesting than fantastic. Still one of the best fruit-flavour stouts I have tried.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of treyrab. Light fruity hops with cherry aromas, cranberry and mint?, a bit of oxidation and mild malt sweetness. Dark brown-ruby murky body with spare light brown head. Medium body with lively carbonation and a chalky astringent after. Fairly tart with good acidity and only light sweetness and bitterness. An interesting beer.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours brown in color with brown head. Aroma roasted malt, coffee and fruit. Taste sweet, chocolate and fruity with bitter finish.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a big tan head. Big old fruity aroma. Cranberries are there, of course, chocolaty and full of dark malt. Sweet, cranberry, big. I’m not sure what I should think of this, it’s not really imperial stout-ish, but I don’t know how else to really think of the flavor combination.
cheap (4335) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at the 8/9 Pgh tasting, thanks to Treyrab! Smell is big and volatile. Dark with a big foamy head. Big heavy alky beer taste impressions. Cranberries in there fer sure. Comes across like an impy stout with fruit in there. Some creamy carbonation in ther. Has many of the attributes that I find in wine. Thanks trey!
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the 8/9 Pgh tasting, thanks to Treyrab!
Dark brown with a small tan head. Nose shows significant malt depth, the heavy cranberry and imperial stout chocolate balanced nicely. The flavor is even more impressive, and though quite sweet, the incredible malt depth is never lost behind the sweet fruit and chocolate notes because the cranberry imparts a soft tart balance. Decadent stuff and among my favorites of the day.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black-brown color with a trace of a tan head. The aroma was tart, tangy, sweet and malty with noted cranberry. The flavor was tart and bitter with a strong cranberry presence and a light, sweet and malty undertones. The finish was long, bitter, tart and had lingering cranberry. Fairly thick in body. Nice.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. One two punch with FFF’s Apocalypse Cow in the "this shouldn’t work this well" category. Good looking beer, nice black liquid with eggshell-ish head. Aroma was a bit of an odd mix that had me worried. I’m a chocolate purist however. Flavor works much better than I thought it would, and may even get me to try a chocolate covered cranberry..one of these days.