weihenweizen (2370) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle corked and capped from queenholly poured into a tulip. Dark red with small/medium with small/medium beige head. Aroma is tart cherries, medium body, well/medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dark candy sugar, tart, some subdued cherries, some vinegar, and some bourbon. I prefer most of the other Uplands selections I have had.
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ugh. Bourbon and upland. Brown sugar, leather, grape juice and painful acetic acid. The bourbon is offensive on this "epic" flander. Pickles buttered popcorn. No go.
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky brown, with a hint of amber into this snifter - The head is fine bubbled khaki, with two fingered head that retains fairly well here. The nose is deep cellar, caramel and brown sugar, moving to feint earthen oak presence. Itís a touch jarring, frankly. Thankfully, the flavor profile is more appealing by my estimation. It is initial light tart, with some acetic presence, moving to dark cherry notes, moving to oak tannins. Some lactic notes come through, with lingering spice and caramel toffee notes. Bourbon presence is meek at best - but I suppose thatís alright - Anyway - itís a nice attempt.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Sour. Tart cheries and a hint of oak. Pretty good.
Atom (1878) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle pours a murky dark brown with a small sparse bubbly khaki head. Fairly large oak and bourbon presence in aroma, sour lactic, raisin and caramel. The flavors of the sweet oaky bourbon work really well with the tart and sourness, caramel and brown sugar with light corn in the finish. Pretty interesting stuff!
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a recent tasting. Thanks for splitting. Listed as Gilgamesh.
A: Brown coloration with a creme colored head. Lacing.
N: Acetone, vinegar, grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hint of cocoa and maybe coffee, leather, and tobacco, as befits a blacker sour.
T: Tart. Somewhat sweet.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, no alcohol.
O: This works pretty well for a dark sour - which I tend to find have too many factitious sides. This one works pretty well, emphasizing the tart over the bittersweet elements.
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle during upland share. Dark brune pour with tan bubbles. Very tart fruit aromas. Regular sour red tones, sour tones.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
A vintage bottle from the original release ("Gilgamesh") finally was shared with some friends during a sour tasting. A top notch sour proves that Upland still has their "A" game. A special occasion beer is best shared with people who enjoy great beer thanks to a high price tag. Even so you should have an excellent time.
Aroma / Appearance - A cherry red base shimmers at it absorbs about half the light. A wispy beige head sits thinly above like overcast skies. Vinegar, musty books, cherry candy left open in a bag for a month, and a strong tartness all add complex aged notes.
Flavor / Palate - Musty books and chocolate coat the tongue with a rich layer of complexity. The finish of acidity brings a stark vinegary touch. In the spirit of other Upland sours it shines from start to finish. If youíve got a friend with a bottle convince them to bring it to the next tasting.
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed brown pour with light off white head and lace. Aroma is sour bretty funk. Flavor is light sweet chocolate and a fairly intense dry bretty funk finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. pretty funky
jtclockwork (11244) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as Gilgamesh. RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of sour vinegar, peach vinegar, funk and oak. Medium body.