FlacoAlto (4013) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a fizzy, fat-one-finger thick, tan colored head that disappears pretty quickly. The beer has a dark amber color to it and when held up to the light shows a hazy, amber hue. The nose smells a bit tart, with an underlying rich toasted coconut character, lots of subtle, but pervasive vanillin. If you go in for a deep draught of the aroma there is quite a bit of hot alcohol. The aroma is pretty simplistic with all that is really noticeable is vanillin, coconut, tartness and hot alcohol.
The beer has a tart oak character up front and finishes with quite a bite to it that is a mix of astringent oak, bitter cocoa, and a tartness, all of which make for a puckering first sip. The oak astringency in the finish is really quite big. Woody pepper notes, oak saw-dust, a bit of toasted nutty character and a bit of oxidative sherry character.
Definitely a weird beer, it is interesting how something this big has been turned into something that is overly light and devoid of malt richness. While there is a tartness here, I think it is mostly due to this beer being heavily oaked, and quite dry for a beer of this size, rather than outright souring (though there could be some of that too).
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2015
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Burgundy body with a thin beige collar. Aromas of ripe fruit, alcohol. Lime zest and lime juice with overpowering alcohol. Coconut, cacao, vanilla? All lost. Overly tannic and completely out of balance. At least it’s super strong and in a 750mL bottle. Can’t drink this. Failure.
Ernesto987 (4886) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
hahahah complete garbage juice. Extremely tart and wrong. Some coconut flavors in the back there. Just gross.
ineedbeer (1317) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma is slightly tart with some tropical fruit, a bit of a plastic phenolic note and some chocolate notes. I got less coconut and more of a pineapple and citrus character. Some light oak notes with dark caramel and burnt sugar.
Pours a murky brown with some amber hues and a large, moderately thick, tan head with decent retention. Final pour had a ton of sediment. Light lacing and long legs.
Flavor has a medium light tartness that doesn’t really work with the big sugary notes of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Moderate bitterness and some alcohol in the finish. Moderate tropical fruit and citrus notes like in the aroma and almost no coconut. Moderate chocolate, but light not dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall, this was a pretty bad beer. The aroma had an odd vegetable character at first and the tropical fruit was too strong throughout. The tartness did not help this beer either. Somehow the coconut turned into pineapple.
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
18th October 2014
Murky deep amber beer, small cream colour head. Palate is airy, semi dry and crispy. Wow! Wasn’t expecting this beer to be so sourish! After the initial shock there is Flemish Red sourness and fruits, Bourbon fruits and tang. A nice sweet cooconut and a smooth bourbon finish. Unusual and when the palate gets over the initial shock, quite drinkable. Hides the huge abv quite well.
slowrunner77 (7582) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Man, this was close to being a world beater...and I trhink it would have been if it were not one of the "bad" ones. The Bruery did a press release about some bottles of this and one other beer possibly being infected. This was. It did not explode, and did not smell off, but damn there was a highly acidic sourness in the flavor that I really don’t think was supposed to be there. The funny thing is even their mistakes are good. It still worked to an extent, but the funk not present in the aroma told us how awesome this COULD have been, and the extreme swings from sweet decadence to sour were battling for your attention, not really complimenting each other. The nose was like macaroons and bourbon, friggin awesome. The beer itself was a bit on the ugly side. Quite a bit of sediment on the first pour as opposed to the bottom (weird). Muddy brown. The palate is nice, though the flavor ends up having too many things going on for it’s own good. Still enjoyed it. If thesweetness were tempered, it’d be a great sour...but alas, they weren’t trying to make a sour here. I’d LOVE to get to try this either draft or a different batch. It coulda been a contender..."
fletchfighters (1285) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
750 ml bottle
Orange amber color. No head at all.
Nose is coconut, toasted coconut, oak, caramel, almonds and spice. Nice enough.
Enamel ripping sour. Lots of acid and sourness. Bummer it obliterated the base beer as there were touches of something interesting in this. Drain pour and fail.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2014
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Overwhelmingly infected. This is a straight sour beer. Red wine, lacto, vinegar, acetone. A pathetic failure of a beer. I drain poured 99% of this. What a pity.
arminjewell (8759) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, hazy red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of sour fruit, acetone, hints of oak, vanilla, touch of grain, slight yeast. Taste is a mix of sour lemon, oak, vanilla, hints of lactic, finishing very sour, acetone. Yuck.
Steve_0 (3496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky orange with a small tan head and good lacing. Big coconut, tangy fruits, bready, white chocolate, dark fruits, and spice in the aroma. Taste is tangy sour fruits, coconut, orange juice, cooked veggies, and vanilla. Medium body with high carbonation. Completely infected shit. Bleh.