LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours dark beet red with a white ring and a few swirls. Visible rising bubbles.
Aroma: Sour red fruit, soaked oak barrel, alcohol, funk.
Taste: Sour grape, wood, bourbon barrel. A little red wine vinegar. While there was apparent booze barrel character, the alcohol of the beer was well hidden for 10.5%.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Very carbonated.
Overall: One of the best executed sours I’ve had from Upland, even though I haven’t tried them all. The cross between the red sour ale and the bourbon barrel scared me at first, but worked really well together.
daknole (9261) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish pour, nice off white head. Aroma is really interesting! Bourbon, vinegar, oak, dark fruit, funk. Flavor is a really tasty blend of sour, light sweet, bourbon and fruit esthers. I really enjoyed this one.
brokensail (11106) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rather dark red/amber color without much in the way of head formation (or carbonation). A bit more bourbon and vanilla than expected. Some definite acetic qualities with some red wine vinegar and dark fruits. A little caramel sweetness, too. Like the nose, sweet toffee/caramel and barrel notes (bourbon and vanilla). The sourness picks up as it warms and the vinegar is able to come through.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Nose is nice - smells like a flanders red - balsamic vinegar with a touch of bourbon. Hazy dark amber with white foam. Taste is pretty good - nice balance of tart and sweet vanilla. Subtle, balanced and tasty. Palate is medium bodied and softy carbed. Glad I got to try this.
Dunt (291) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by me, poured into my Portsmouth tulip. A hazy honey brown in color, half fingers worth of light yellow head. Nose isn’t that great, some lactic sourness, cherry, and slightly metallic. Flavor is an upgrade, nice cherry sourness and vinegar. The ending is a little off-putting flavor wise. Smooth, spritzy mouthfeel, long finish, good acidity. Decent Flanders, nothing special. Not sure if this is worth the price tag.
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle graciously shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a hazy red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, some sugar, some vinegar, oak, cherry, and slight chocolate. Flavor is similarly deep: malt, chocolate, slight vanilla/ bourbon, candi sugar, and tart fruit. An interesting and varied blend of sweet and sour. Medium in body and very interesting overall.
Theis (13590) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - shared with Mette - Special thanks to Derek - drinking while getting ready for Alinea !!! Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Nice vinegar aroma, roasted notes, caramel, fruity, mellow sourness, nice wooden notes, coconut notes, light lactic, nice refreshing.
newcigarz (43) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by landhoney at Coffee District. Pours a brownish/red with small off-white head. Smell is sour and acidic. Very pleasing taste with a nice balance of tart and sweet. Enjoyed this one.
50belair (2359) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Seth. Clear brown pour with a fleeting off white head. Sour fruit aromas. Sweet with sour apple notes. Mild tartness and acidity. A very nice sour.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 9-11. Poor is a hazy copper red with Thick sediment and small off white head. aroma is dominated by a musty funk which I hope was not planned. Taste is redeeming with a nicely balanced sweet/tart flavor with an oak and vanilla background, mildly puckering in the finish. Enjoyed this but hard to get over the musty aroma and chunks of sediment present.