Mora2000 (5128) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting.
The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel malt, as well as some tart cherries and oak notes. The flavor is similar, with some lightly tart cherries, oak, leather and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured deep reddish/ruby with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Another nice tart offering from Upland. A little drying with acidity and puckering sourness. Candied sugars, oak, barrel characters, some booze with more yeast and tartness towards the finish.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not sure how to distinguish the vintage. The back label has a gold stamp saying "Batch Date 9-11" and the cork is stamped " 3-11". Regardless, its the first release. 750ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass. Opens with a loud pop and a very slow rise of foam up the neck. Huge thanks to muskabeatz for BIF’ing me this want!
A - Dark red body with an almost brown hue. Tall light khaki head dies down to a neat solid cap. Great lacing and retention. Looks pretty stereo typically Flanders.
S - Cherries and oak. Vinegar and soft acetic acid. There is a slight bourbon element happening in the background with some vanilla and char. There is some booze on the nose.
T - Lots of great Flanders notes. Soft acetic acid and vinegar followed by sour cherries and some Christmas spices. Light oak and vanilla on the finish with some warming alcohol present. Lingering tartness with a nearly dry end. Smooth and medium mouth feel.
O - A nice take on the Flanders style. I was surprised to learn that this was aged in bourbon barrels for a year. The bourbon notes are very tame, but they do mesh well with the softness of the bugs and the tartness of the cherries. Very good wild ale.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, bu11zeye 10k tasting, muddy brown color with vinous earthy aroma,flavor is nice deep blend of woody, balsamic, red wine, tart finish
Fratto (2442) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Dark red pour with and off-white head. Aroma is a little sour, caramel, funky, and dark fruit. Taste is sour astringency, nutty, a little toasted grain, and fruit.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a cloudy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, cranberry, red plum, herbs, mustiness, and wood. Flavor of red plum, raspberries, herbs, caramel, and earth with a dry finish.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) clearish deep amber/red with lasting offwhite head. Nose of bourbon, tart cranberry, lightly mossy, and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, caramel, lightly tart, currant, cranberry, medium body that’s very carbonated.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, off white head, brown colored, sligh cloudiness. The taste is tart, acidic, wood, fruits, and dry. The smell is lighter, tart, wood, and ok.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is of berries, funk, wood. Taste is tart, wood, caramel, plum.
LtDan (1718) - 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.