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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Thursday hallmarked our first bottling of another type of long aged oak beer with a variety of microorganisms in play . The beer is still hard for any of us to really define, it’s really one of a kind. At 8.5% ABV, it would probably be most akin to a strong Flander’s Brown. A spice blend was involved as well as some dark Belgian Candi Sugar during the kettle boil. That part we controlled. The rest was up to Brettanomyces, Lactic Acid Bacteria, and whatever else decided to visit the fermentation as we left each barrel open to air for an intentional short period of time. As to the name, he’s a demon, we named the beer after a demon. Space Dragon was too grade school.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1303) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle won from lottery. Poured very dark brown with beige ring. Aroma slight sour funk berry sugar. Light carb med bod but gushed. Taste is pretty berry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5850) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (2014 vintage; shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a slightly translucent dark brown cola with foamy light beige head. Smells mildly tart and oaky ith a semi-sweet full Flanders brown backbone. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly fuller-bodied mouthfeel for the style. A bit of the self-described candied sugar as well. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1394) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
750 ml bottle, not sure what the exact age of it is but I picked it up as part of Upland’s recent sour release a couple weekends ago. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours very dark brown with some reddish tints. There’s about an inch tan head that stayed around a long time, and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, oak, red grapes, sweet spices and some vinegar. It tastes like tart dark fruit, vinegar, oak, blackberries, earthy spices, and a bit of brown sugar. It’s a tasty, tart and fruity brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and has a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was good, glad I got to try this one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Deep brown almost black with a khaki head. Nose is tart, sour, wood, and funky. Smooth palate, tart, sour, lightly acidic, florals, and dry.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a veiled ruby reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is blackberries, wild berries, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate. Flavor is wild fruit, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries. Finish is tart, oldish, tea and mint. Light to medium body, weak carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours cloudy maroon with a thin head. The nose is dark fruits, vinegar, light funk. The taste is much the same – reminds me of Cuvee de Tomme. Medium motuhfeel. Tasty. 4.0

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a murky dark mahogany / borne with a beige head. Nose is authentically sour brown, with tart dark fruits, Worcestershire sauce, earthiness and some yeast. Flavour is interesting - it’s a very wild version of a sour brown. Notes of dry tart dark fruits, wild yeast, and some earth. Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s very earthy and wild, with no residual sweetness. Interesting stuff, but not overly enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Cloudy brown with virtually no head. Aroma is herbal, slightly earthy, sour fruit. Medium bodied, tart on the palate with a slightly astringent finish. Flavours are chamomile, beets, sour dark fruit, hint of chocolate and blackcurrant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2342) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Deep ruby with an opaque center; a gray tinted collar is the only thing left on top. Aroma loaded with vinous, borderline boozy wine notes, deep red grapes, black cherry, & bruised currant. Taste has lots of cherry skin acidity with a good helping of spicy oak. Touch of vanilla? Some lemon flesh mid-palate, leading to a wine-heavy finish that once again seems a little boozier than I’d prefer for a wild ale. It has a bit of vinous heat. Cherry, red grape skin & wood laden aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Sample during the Secret Barrel Society tour on 05/24/2014: Slightly murky brown color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of berries, malt and yeast. Medium-bodied with flavors of tart berry, earthy yeast and malt. The finish is mildly sour with an oak and berry aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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