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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Pinot Barrel Four was our second batch. We took the recipe for the Four and sent the beer into some oak barrels graciously donated by La Bete winery of McMinnville, topping them up with a small amount of Oregon cherry puree along with lactobacillus and brettanomyces claussenii to encourage more acidity and aromatic complexity in the finished beer. Half of the batch was blended and kegged and can be found at a few specialty bars while the remaining half is still maturing in the barrels and will likely be bottled at some point towards the end of 2009.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11061) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
(’10)-750 bottle-shared by jtclockwork-pours an offwhite head with trailing lace and hazy orange/red color. Aroma is tart/vinuous, medium malt. Taste is tart fruit-cherry, medium malt, acidic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Another sweet one shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! I don’t remember this absurd label for some reason but I reckon that doesn’t matter (I might have docked appearance points though). Love the idea behind the beer, especially having this back to back with regular Four. The wood and brett are quite understated, to the point that the breathe well with the basic characteristics of Four and accentuate them subtly with the tartness from the vino and the berry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle shared by either Ethan or Jason in the Carolina Quartet. Pour is bright orange with a red tint. White head. Nose is tart grape and mild cherry. Some nice wine tartness and mild wood. Dry finish. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy pink orange with light froth. Nose is leather, cherry, oak and mild white wine. Juicy medium body with soft carb. Taste is lemon zest, cherry preserves and vanilla with restrained sour. Pinot adds a touch of acidity. Very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (7878) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours raspberry with off white drops of head. Nose/taste of tart pink grapefruit, lightly tart cherry, vinous notes, oak and wild yeast. Finishes sweet tart. Extremely well balanced, not overpowering in its tartness. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pour from Scott at his tasting, thanks a ton! Pour was clear reddish with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of sour cherry and raspberry, some sweet pie cherry but not overwhelming, some nice funky and tart notes with hints of other white fruit in there as well. Taste was a mix of nice tart cherry with hints of sweet raspberry and jammy cherry as well, goes into some slight funk and vinous notes, tart lemon in there as well finishes it dry and fairly lactic. Nicely done brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3954) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours soft reddish orange with one finger of white head. Nice and fruity nose, very red and tart with a nice vinous grape skin character. Nice sessionable tartness and vinous grape skin character. Fruit skins and a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a hazy pinkish amber with a lasting offwhite head. Aromas of cookie, spice, light fruittiness and light straw. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of straw, sour berries and a hint of spice with a crisp dry fruity finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2012 Bottle with Doodler and Co. Thanks everyone! Mildly hazy, ruby orange appearance with a white head. Really nice, oaky, mild tart cherry, almost pie-like aroma. Very tart cherry, quite tangy, dry, vinous flavor. Awesome!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Another Upright shared by emacgee! Thanks Ethan! Pours a pinkish orange with a small white head. Nose is pinot, lacto, red fruit tartness. Flavir is similar. The barrels add some nice complexity to the four which I found to just be okay. Enjoyed this one. Boobies!!!


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