wilnatp (476) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle at Darkness Day 2011. Cloudy brown/orange pour. Toffee and caramel on the nose and a bit tart finish. Sharp in the mouth. I was expecting more complexity from being aged in wine barrels.
notalush (4454) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery - cap comes off without a sound - pour is turbid dark red, mostly still - a huge punch of diacetyl hits the nose on the first whiff - very strong and off putting butterscotch and baby diaper - if you power past it, you can smell some nice notes of oak and wine, but man, that diacetyl is strong - flat and flabby in the mouth - the flavor is much like the aroma, but thankfully the diacetyl is not as strong - it hits hard up front, but subsides rather quickly - behind it are notes of plum, spice, red wine, cherry skins, toffee - moderate leathery funk - finish of spicy alcohol, tobacco, leather - lingering sweetness - ma have been something quite good were it not for the fatal flaw - going to be hard to drink the rest of this rather expensive bottle.
drfabulous (3374) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 from Northwest Liquid Solutions Big muddy looking pour. Very little carbonation. Sour cherry. Some toffee. First taste is kind of disappointing. Needs more carbonation. Warms better. Not a pretty looking beer. Maybe my least favorite Upright to date.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is probably the weirdest brew Iíve had in a long time. Bottle thanks to Scott at his tasting, pour was dark reddish orange with white head, aroma had notes of some sour cherry, raisin, other dark fruit, some ash, hints of chocolate, some barnyard as well. Taste was just as all over the board but it somehow worked for me, hints of raisin, chocolate and toffee went into some tart and lactic fruity notes with cherry, lemon, going into a hint of bitter earthy notes, finishing with some vinous character, fairly dry.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day!
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Muddy orange pour with a thick soapy head. Aroma and taste of toffee and caramel with Brett and a late tart element.
adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with Doodler and Co. Thanks everyone! Dark caramel orange appearance with a tan head. Mildly bretty, mildly sour, dark caramel, toffee, unique aroma. Bretty, some acidic sourness, caramel-toffee malty flavor with a dry, acidic finish.
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle that Iíve been saving quite a while, shared with Parksy, Jeff, and Davey. Pours a very hazy mahogany brown with an exuberant tan head that shows excellent retention. Overall aroma is a lovely mixture of dark fruits, sour funk, and wood. The palate is surprisingly soft, full of dark cherries, stewed prunes, spicy wood. Iím not sure if it is the barrel aging influence, but the sour character is very firm but not sharp or harsh, with a healthy yoghurty lactic acid presence. Balanced and nuanced, fantastic.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Travlr: Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany with a few spotty off-white bubbles. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with a good amount of tart black cherries and earthy funk. Starts with decent fullness and finely dissolved carbonation with sweet dark fruits and good vinous tart oaky balance before a drier funky finish.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. The pour is a tepid, clear mahogany with no head formation. Extremely awesome nose: oud bruin 100% with red wine, tannic grapes, Bretty funk, mild acidity, wet oak, cinnamon, milk chocolate, mace, port wine. Taste is sharp, grape skin tart, vinous, chili pepper, spicy oak, with some hefty sourness but no acetic acid. Pretty lactic heavy with oud bruin complexities. Better than the 2008 batch of Struise Earthmonk by a long shot.