jstraw (1880) - 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 (3359) - 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 (41) - 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.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep dark murky brown with a long-lasting off white head. Nose is tootsie roll, coke, light musty cherrry and just a faint hint of funk. Flavor starts out with a nice musty cherry with a touch of sour funk and then has nice componenets of toffee, figs, and even some red licorice. FInish is the only place aI thought this beer fell apart - the sweetness factor kicks in and it leaves with a fairly sticky mouthfeel (wife said ’cough syrup’ for the finish, though I didn’t find it that pronounced or cloying). All in all - I thought this was a really nice beer, though from swallow to swallow, it didn’t always ’fit’. Will buy again, definitely.
Taverner (1068) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice bretty Belgian Ale. Aroma is funk, cherries and candi sugar. Pours a rose brown with fluffy brown head. Flavor is dry, refreshing and clean, ending on a clean finish. Pretty good.
marcus (5848) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark brown ale poured with a dense tan head and a toffee aroma. This is a malty brew that has lots of Belgian candi sugar and some delicious sour cherry notes. Everything goes well together - a successful collaboration. The flavor improves noticeably after a few sips. I really like this one.