obguthr (3833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark chocolate nose, not strong. Beautiful brown with a purplish hue, thick tan lacing head. Tangy malty flavor of chocolate covered cherries, great balance. Not nearly as complex as billed. Faint french roast coffee finish. Very good, but not as spectacular as I hoped.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bevmo. Pours dark brown slightly cloudy, nice tan head. Sour and roasted malt aroma. Both tart and burnt flavors come through. Some cherry flavors come through in the end.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautiful pour of a brown colored beer. Lasting head which leaves good lace.
Barnyard aromas with a distinctly undesirable smell of urine. I found it very distracting. Two others at the bar didn’t notice it.
Envision a dry Stout blended with a Framboise. While there is plenty of burnt toast and dark unmalted barley. Lots of raspberry flavor with enough sourness to make it interestingly complicated. Moderate body and carbonation.
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Murky, dark red-brown with big, foamy brown head / Barnyard nose of dark pit fruit and chocolate / Medium body, sour and slightly acidic, with good balance and finish / Deep, complex, funky, barnyard brettranomyces cast over flavors of dark cherry, prune, banana, chocolate, and coffee / If you like this things, this one is real good.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged 750ml, I found at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours black with a nice tan head. Nose is sweet, with nice notes of cherry, chocolate and some nice interesting tart feelings. Taste is great, lots of nice cherry flavor on top of a sort of sour tart base. Nice.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
$15.99 bottle from PP bottle shop. Darl brown color. Lots of carbonation Lots of flavor belies the 7.5% ABV. Leans a hair dry with the illusion of sweetness, probably from the stronger cherry flavor. Cherry skin tartnes. Very good. Very easy to drink.
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown head, long lasting with lacing. Dark opaque brown. Full bodied. Brett finish, with tartness. Dry, not a lot of cherry.
trancecyclist (42) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 cl bottle at The Institute’s Battle Royale of Michigan Beers. Beautiful dark reddish brown with a decent head and an appealing scent. I’d describe this as more of a strong dubbel fused with a Flemish sour than having any real porter characteristics. The taste is lightly chocolately but the cherries are not far in the background. I found this to be an excellent beer and a good one to have as a final beer with its distinctive flavors and body.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jimbo. Interesting. Deep dark brown pour, aroma was chocolate and cherries. The flavors were Chocolate, smoke, cherry, sour fruits and funky yeasts. Oddly enough, this reminded me of beef jerky dipped in chocolate. There was a hint of cherry there too. Weird, but pretty good.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a solid opaque dark brown with a large light brown head. Aroma is exactly of what promised: Sour cherries and brettanomyces. Chocolatey malts too. Very complex aroma with coffee lurking behind. Again the label is accurate: Very nutty, roasted, porterish body with light sourness and fruit in the forefront. Chocolate and smoky leather flavors are also present. Full mouthfeel, good carbo. They really took a risk on this one in my opinion and it works out pretty nicely to the taster with an open mind. I mean, normally one would expect the porter and sour flavors to conflict, but I think the overall craftsmanship here holds everything together. The quality, I mean. Odd, but quite nice. Overall, excellent minus.