jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by madbeerbaron. Thanks ben. Pours brown with an almost khaki head. Aroma is slightly sour and a little fruity. Fermented black cherry with some grape skin. Taste is light tart. A little vinegar and red wine barrel with some nice Michigan cherry and a strong sweet malt backbone. Pretty darn good.
charule (1290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
b3shine (5840) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bluejacket74 (1389) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown almost black with a khaki head. Nose is tart, sour, wood, and funky. Smooth palate, tart, sour, lightly acidic, florals, and dry.
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.