Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep murky coffee / chocolate brown, fairly viscous with a good sized beige head. Nose held some funky cherry notes with some spice, and some roasty notes. This brew was a bit too carbonated for my tasted, kind of killed the mouth feel.
HonkeyBra (3523) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with tan colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, maple syrup, wood bark and sweaty brett. Flavor is woody, malty, with sour cherries and woody, earthy brett. There’s a bit of musty funk in there. Very dry finish with nice carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is like taking a deep breath in a forest in a foreign country.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a Hazy chocolate brown with tan head.
Nose is cherries, holiday spices, yeast, very smooth with a hint of brown sugar.
Taste has a hint of cherries, lots of pruple fruits, fairly sweet, off roasty flavor, and quite a bit overcarbonated.
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 (2433) - 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 (8917) - 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 (473) - 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 (1338) - 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 (1732) - 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.