AdamJackson (2889) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson red head. Small light head. Nose of cherries, yeasty and raspberry. Tiny bit of duct tape. Hmm. Not as sharp and acidic as the nose suggested. Tons of tart and sweet raspberry. Tough of balsamic vinegar. Very raw and fruit salad with melon, cherry and grapes. Very akin to kombucha in the mouthfeel.
Errl (1735) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewery..Pour is very dark red with no head but some bubbles..Nose is nice raspberries, cherries, wet oak, berries, some mustyness and yogurt...Taste is nice fruited raspberries, bugs, barrel, faint dark malts with some nice funky tartness..Very solid carb and balance.
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep ruby black with a coarse tan froth. Fresh clean raspberry aroma, like a nice sorbet. Flavor is pleasant as well: juicy dark ripe raspberries are really captured in this beer. It also has less acetic influence than many of their other beers. Nice yogurt/sorbet throughout and lingering with the tartness. Their best offering so far.
birdmachine (213) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full pour at the brewery. Aroma is sour forward with seeded fruit notes: black cherry, raspberry, some leather and faint funk. Not super jammy like Atrial or Upland, but a nice mix. Not much malt presence and perhaps a touch of oak. Pours surprisingly dark with thin white head that hugs the sides of the glass. Taste follows aroma closely with tart raspberry, cherry pits, some red wine vinegar and lemon. The body is light with nice bubbly carbonation. Definitely fruit forward on the finish and a little dry. I think a beer this fruit forward can benefit from a little more malt. There isn’t very much brett character, with the sour and oak work well with the fruit.
Warped_Silver (87) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy red/amber with small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of raspberries, leather, sour, and citrus. Taste of raspberries upfront with sour tartness. It finishes again with subtle raspberries and very mild barnyard funkiness. Very nice. Overall, one of my favorite Rare Barrel sours, and thats saying a lot.
dcbeerslinger (28) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some rich malt, fresh raspberry that lingers and sour oakiness make for a mighty fine brew.
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brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ The Rare Barrel. Dark mahogany pour with a khaki head. Raspberry and blackberry on the nose. Vinegar, caramel, and some oak. Flavor is quite sour with a fair amount of balsamic vinegar. Sweet caramel, raspberry, and blackberry. A bit of chocolate. A fair amount of oak and a hint of vanilla.
baraciisch (2033) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark clear black in color... Aroma of oak, tart berries... Flavor is intensely tart up front, gives way to notes of raspberries, blackberries, oak... Amazing
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italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Rare Barrel tasting room. Pours a dark purple. Aroma has notes of plum and chocolate. Heavy vinegar notes, slight tootsie roll sweetness, and plum. Very acetic, which is a theme with this brewery.
joeneugs (3498) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bottles in El Sobrante. It pours a very dark red, almost black color with an off white head. The aroma is mouthwatering with cherries, raspberries and good funk. Not much malt character to speak of. The flavor is tart black cherries, hard candy with hints of dark malt and red wine vinegar. A little spice near the finish. It has a pretty light body which in this kind of beer leaves it a bit lifeless, but other than that it has great flavor and a nice level of puckering sourness without being harsh. Well done.