maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Dark black body with a small tan head. Sweet chocolate and cherry aroma. Sour cherry flavor with light chocolate. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Brewvival. Pours a dark brown. With a cherry tart nose that is honestly not all that great, though the flavor is a fantastic cherry juice. Smooth and bitter juice finish. Great beer.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ 2010 ATL Cask Ale Tasting. Poured a deep, dark amber with a thin tan head. Nose is big cherry and pit , vinegar, and light roast. Medium body with soft carbonation. The flavor of this one is pretty much straight cider vinegar infused with cherry, some oak, chocolate, and roasted dark malt notes are also present but very light and hard to distinguish with the over powering vinegar profile. Pretty one sided and not very drinkable.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.
Pours a deep murky reddish brown with a fleeting beige head that leaves a small collar and swirl on top.
The aroma is full of sour cherries, tons of cherries, but with a brown sugar and dark chocolate sweetness.
The taste is more of the same, and that’s a very good thing. There’s an initial sourish tart kick from the cherries but the backbone is sweeter than I was expecting with the caramel and brown sugar holding up strong against the cherries. The finish is slightly tart but also sugary sweet.
The mouthfeel is smooth and less dry and sour than I was expecting. It’s got a lingering sweetness that sticks to the palate.
This was one of the top few beers I had at the ACAT as I really like the balance between sweet and tart. Loved it.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Drak brown. Kalamata olive aroma. Tart flavor, nice roast. Finishes with a lot of cherry. Sour cherry and sweet cherry.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Poured a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is really tart, tons of cherrry, with some roasted malt and sweet malt. Taste is VERY cherry, very tart, and roasted malt. Balance isn’t really there, but the mix of roasted malt and cherries is reminiscent of a chocolate fruit dessert. Mouth is pretty full and little dry. FInish is very bitter and tart cherry.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Served up an obscured dark brown, near black body with a thinnish, beige head.
Smell: Sharply tart notes of ripe cherries soothed over with malty notes of roast and chocolate sauce.
Taste: A sweet taste of cherries gives way to a tart taste of cherries and subsequent tastes of melted chocolate and roasted grains with an overall earthiness to it. There’s a slight flourish of acetic sourness, but nothing to knock your sour socks off. Finishes dry and roasty with an enduring cherry-tasting tartness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Overall, a neat little experiment and an enjoyable brew.
obguthr (4682) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask at Brewvival: Wood, walnut, and soy sauce nose. Black, thin yellow head, good lacing. It tastes of soy sauce, cherry syrup, and pecans, finishing with black cherries. Bloody texture. Not very sour, and probably not a good representative of the style.On the other hand, this was an amazing beer. Exceptionally unique, flavorful, and enjoyable. Aside from the appearance of Cigar City, this was the biggest surprise of the Brewvival.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple samples from the cask at brewvival. Cherry flavor become more concentrated towards the latter part of the afternoon. Hazy brown pour, almost still. Vinegar and cherry on the nose. Really tart with oak, chocolate, cherry and vinegar. Dry finish
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 Cask sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Really nice offering from Duck-Rabbit.... they need to perform more experiments b/c this one turned out real well.... black pour with a tan head... this is like a chocolate covered cherry.... plenty of cherry tartness throughout with elements of a Porter. chocolate, dark malts and a creamy smoothness... slight tart finish. Overall it really wasn’t that sour.... wanted more sourness.