mjmcend (209) - USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is of strong cherries. Pours reddish brown with a thick tan head. Taste is complex, with chocolate malts, hints of cherry, some smoke, and light hops.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and chewy with lots of oaked dark cherry. On tap at Malt & Vine, it pours a dirty brown, almost black with a creamy tan foam, good lacing. Fair amount of barnyard in the aroma, but also chocolate, stone fruits, and musty wood. Tastes of a tangy Flemish red blended with a rich porter with a kriek. Residual pucker hangs on for a bit after you finish the glass.
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml. Deep red brown color with and rich frothy redish tan head that leaves massive lace. You can smell the fruit on pour. The nose gives you a lot of fruit while leading with cherry, grape, plum, and pear. Being complex, the nose opens yielding malt, smoke, nuts, black licorice, and coffee. The body is heavy, heavy medium that produces a mouthful of flavor across the entire palate. It provides a ’chewy’ type feeling as well. The finish is long, starting at the front then moving to the sides with a sour yet hoppy taste.
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.
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.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Opaque brown in color with a massive frothy head. Aroma is blood. Taste is metallic with chocolate and cherry beneath it. Hope it ages well
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark cloudy brown with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark cherry, and raisin. Taste starts lightly sweet and chocolatey, quickly becoming tart and fruity, and finally finishing lightly bitter. Notes of grapes, pears, and of course cherries. Finish is somewhat earthy/dusty, possibly from the brett. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not what I was expecting but not bad either.
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.
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.
captaink (10) - USA - APR 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into wineglass. Poured a dark ruby amber out of the bottle but was dark brown/black in glass. Dark tan head, great lacing. Malty nose with beautiful funkiness, brett, faint cherry. Medium-high carbonation. Not overly sticky or cloying. Perfect balance from an excellent, well crafted beer. I hope Bottle Barn gets some more of these.