Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pleasantly dark with a tan, lasting, rocky head. Thick lacing clings to glass likie little soap bubbles. Aroma is initially dry and bretty, thin metallic notes, rust, faint aromas of berries follow, subtle cocoa and mild roast. Flavor begins with a brief, but sharp, burst of funky cherries, A mild roastiness washes over the tongue soon after, finish leaves a little bit of a metallic, almost bloody note. Body is fairly light with medium carbonation. I rather enojoy this one. Interesting!
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Pours a dark cola color with an airy frothy light tan foamy fizz, sticky and fluffy. Aroma at first is pleasant cherry juice quickly followed by lots of brett, some woodiness and slight cheese note with a hint of smoke, like a gouda. First taste follows my gouda intuition, smoked yellow hard cheese, followed by a slight cherry sweetness and then quickly becoming dry with lots of brett before finishing dark and roasty like a porter. What a whirl-wind of flavors =p. Maybe just a touch faintly peppery. The brett combined with the cherry juice adds a bit of a sour funk to it, vaguely reminiscent of another experiment that New Glarus just undertook in their old world porter. Medium bodied, lighter feeling, airy fizzy carbonation, brett thins it out obviously. Becomes a bit ’too’ dry especially in the aftertaste the more one drinks. Cool beer. [this beer is better served colder, the sweet cherry flavor is present then, as it warms the roast takes over and the fruit disappears]
Sammy (8017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cole’s. a unique experience. Thae aroma is oregeno and Balsamic vinegar and other salad oil, pleasant really. Dark brown, with a white head, that becomes lighter in brown through the bottle. The taste of chocolate malt, yes gooseberries and understated cherry as in Choocolate bars. Much lace, poetic combinations of it. Some interesting sweetness. Smooth. Incredible balance for it all.
crackedmachine (456) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep, dark brown with a lighter brown head. The aroma is wonderful - upfront Brettanomyces and sour cherry. The flavor is complex - sour cherry and fruit alongside chocolate, roasty porter. The smooth sweetness of the porter up against the sour funk is an odd pairing, but it works.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty pour! Deep, ruddy brown, with a crazy dense, light toffee-colored head. Smells a lot more tart than it actually is. Tart cherries and Brett funk on the nose, along with a note that actually reminds me of my high school photo darkroom days. Just a bit of the tartness comes through in the flavor, as the chocolate and mild coffee notes from the porter overwhelm the rest of what’s in here. For the size of head it had, it’s remarkably still in the mouth. With a bit more thickness, this might have somewhat of a cherry cordial flavor. As is, it seems like the vast amount of distinct flavors in here don’t meld well enough. Interesting, novel, and good - but not fantastic. Roughly my thoughts on all of these Brewmaster Collaborations.
Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
coffee, cinnamon, brown shugga, like a pie flavored porter. yummers, Bottle from a tasting at the house of chris Montelius
solesaver (15) - chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark hazy brew had a nice start with a moderate head. Wasn’t quite sure where this beer will end up. Will try again.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 750ml bottle, courtesy redlight. A dark, hazy, chocolate brown pour is crowned with a head of khaki foam. Skinny ribbons of lacing circle the glass. The aroma is based in molasses and cola malt, with cocoa lending a bit of bittering earthiness and sweet cherries lending a fresh, fruity element. Woody oak serves up hints of vanilla that work nicely within the mix. Flavors follow suit, with caramel coming through a bit more and the cherries and other dark fruits asserting themselves beyond the grip of the underlying cocoa. Mild brett creeps in, imparting a touch of yeasty tartness that is welcomed, as the brew would otherwise be too sweet. Medium-full on the tongue, the palate sports balance but seems just a touch sticky after the finish. Unique brew, but too sweet.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown effervescent pour. Very lively. Aroma is sweet and very roasty with caramel malts and molasses. Flavor is similar with roasted coffee, some fruit, caramel, faint pepper and burnt brown sugar. Pretty good.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour. Light brown head. Tart fruits, yeast, caramel, raisins and some chocolate. Flavor has some cherry tartness and light chocolate. Good malt backbone.