Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at RBB. Pour is dark red/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit, oak, light chocolate, caramel, and sour mash.
jtclockwork (13507) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Rating 12,500 - pours dark reddish brown tan head - nose/taste of caramel, sour vinegar, cocoa and oaky acid - medium body
PartyFowle (952) - - APR 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep copper hue with good clarity and a fluffy cream-colored head. Aroma: cola, vanilla, brown sugar, a little toffee, a splash of cherry and balsamic. Flavor flashes with green oak fading to tannic acidity and a subtle toastiness. Really well-balanced, with tartness that never gets out of control.
jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at HMOG. Oud bruin sort of cherry flavors with oak adding some body and complexity. Medium tartness. Bit of lactic acid. tasty and one of the better beers on the day.
linusb (649) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog, November 6, 2015
Heavy vinegar, starfruit, hints of saltyness and hops to it. Ok...
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle acquired via trade on BA. Thanks, bro. Excited for this one. Pours a nice deeper ruby brown hue. Darker middle, well hazed with cocoa toasty colors, the edges show a more burnt reddish tinge, nice glow with frothy tannish head atop. A decent layer, loose creamy film sticks around ok and laces sufficiently. Aromas are tart and funky, fleeting seeedy raspberry meets oak and funky brett. Earth, touches of tart fruit, dark fruit and subtle raisin. A bit of toasty malts, faint roast and biscuits beneath. More raspberry as it settles, more oak and funk, touches of darkness, depth of aromas. Initial is lighter bodied overall, some sharpeness and funk is a bit metallic, twangy with dust and cobwebs, wet basement and tart fruit appeal. Raspberries come in a bit, tannic skin and subtle earth. Mellow toasty malt, a bit carmelized with subtle cocoa. Tart, a bit more raspberry and sour jabs hit into the middle. Backend is dry, funky and oaky. Some vanilla, earth, balsamic and cherry appeal strikes nicely, tannic wine barrel, raspberry and red grapes, a bit bitter and growing tannic appeal as we finish up. Tart, dry and funky. This ends up really nice. I was a bit apprehensive at first but ovverall this one works pretty well. A bit toasty, biscuit, subtle cocoa malt bill adds some complexity. This worked pretty well. Solid nose, pretty pour, and a beer that has some real complexity.
deyholla (9816) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours a clear amber red with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark red tart fruits with a bit of oak, funk and grain supporting. Flavor is nutty and oaky with a decent amount of tart fruits underlying.
Prufrockstar (1860) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to bytemesis. Yet again you send me something delicious. Clear dark red/brown pour with white head. Minimal lacing. Lots of chocolate, leather, cherry tart on nose. Well-balanced between sweet and tart. Medium body, average carbonation. Lovely.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Hazy red, thin fizzy tan head, good retention. Aroma of tart cherries, peppery funk, wood. The taste is tart cherry, funk, wood, mild vanilla. Medium bodied, lingering tartness.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by jckp64 - thanks again, John! Pours a clear, deep amber color with a tiny khaki ring for a head. Notes of sour cherries, oak, apple liqueur, toasted sugar, red wine vinegar, and chocolate. Light-bodied, with a tart, acetic mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Assertively sour, indeed. It didn’t stand up to the other Rare Barrel offering of the evening, but it’s good in its own right without being terribly complex or approachable.