sarro (111) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sole Comp. bottle 147 of 191. Pours a red-tinted orange. On the nose I get grape notes, oak, and spice. Taste is vinous with soft dark fruits and a prickly fruit finish with a bit of green apple (the green apple appeared in a few sole comp. bottles unexpectedly). Dunno if I’d recommend it, but it’d be interesting to see how this one ages when the spices fade away.
pantanap (3148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle courtesy of Todd for sending this my way. Bottle numbered 121 of 191... Pours a mostly non-transparent muddled copper hue and topped with a thin frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates to a wispy film... Aroma of cherry juice, oak, and orangy citrus notes. Medium level of tartness and red wine notes... Red wine, cherries, dry oakiness in the flavor. Semi-lively and active carbonation without too big of a body. Spices seem to have faded to a certain degree although a hint of cinnamon is faintly noticeable. An off-touch of metallic on the backend that was noticeable initially, which faded, and then surfaced once again. Finish has a modicum of grain and earth late.
jtclockwork (5044) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 of 191. Pours amber brown. Off white head. Nose/taste of cherry, pinot noir barrel, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet malt. Lots of cherry juice on the palate. Medium body.
deyholla (4782) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has light spice and deep grain with a backing funk note. Flavor is full of grain and light spice with a bit of underlying funk and tartness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, #154 of 191. The pour yields a very lightly hazy, burnt orange amber body with a small off-white head that settles quickly to a thin ring. Minimal lace spotting mostly rejoins the body below. The nose is quite odd, suggesting of Necco Wafer candy and dry powdered sugar up front, touching on fresh juniper berry, soft pinot tannins, and loads of oak. The malt base is altered by sweet-tart cherries, making it hard to decipher what lies beneath. Flavors are more cherry-forward, with plenty of mild oaky spice and softly tannic pinot skins. There is a minty juniper freshness, along with , mildly musty yeast. The palate is slightly chalky and semi-dry, with very soft carbonation and a mildly acetic finish. Definitely a different brew here. Honestly not my favorite, but interesting.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... medium watery amber, light tan head... the aroma is interesting as its smoothed out winter spices, vinegar, and caramel... the taste is a bit rough, the spice isn’t held in check as much, and its just not pleasant
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark reddish with off white head, aroma brought notes of slight spice, funk, some grape, and tons of jammy cherries with a slight medicinal quality, hints of other red berry as well. Taste was a mix between some sweet cherry, slight funk, hints of winter spice with cinnamon, slight grape notes that finished fairly sweet.
GT2 (5657) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a deep pink to ruby with a decent white head with moderate lace. Nose is Christmas spices, warm cherry pie, sweet maraschino cherries. Very rich and beautiful. Taste is lemon sour, cinnamon/clove/nutmeg/mace, mild acid, cherries, no sugar component. Softer palate. Really nice nose. Pretty delicious. Quick acid burn up front sort of threw it off for me especially given its saison category.
Travlr (7953) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Bottle from the source. Beautiful hazy ruby amber color, medium tan head with great lacing. Aroma of dusty raspberries, sour cherries, plums. Taste is vinous cherry yoghurt and lemon. Very nice.
Ratman197 (7607) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, carmel, light fruittiness, light spice and a hint of barnyard funk. Palate waslight bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, spice, bread and light barnyard with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.