hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose offers chocolate, tart berries, campfire smoke and espresso. Medium-bodied with kicked-back carbonation. Chocolaty flavor with an acidic cherry tang. Tangy-sweet finish.
Sammy (9992) - 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.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Max’s. Everyone I know loves this beer. But I think it legitimately sucks. Looks divine in the glass. Deep rouge with a thick tan head that leaves insane lace. Big green olive aroma. Taste is salty with a light
sourness and some balsamic vinegar. Ick.
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark molasses brown with a grayish brown head that laced nicely. Aroma had tart and sour cherry notes, a bit of sweet chocolate, candied sugar and a yeasty note. Flavor had tart cherries throughout with a sweet sugary and chocolate finish. The beer was smooth on the tongue.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours turbid deep brown w 2f tan head. Nose is rock sugary malt, figgy fruit, brown sugar, earthy, blackberry. Tastes malty, fruity, witgh tart cherry, earthy, fig, and spruce. Medium palate heft, complex,, and a unique and enjoyable style.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Abundant cherries and chocolate malt swirl into tartness, helped by the effervescent mouthfeel of this unique creation.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the dark brown, lacing beautifully.
-I’m not sure this is a pertinent use of Nelson Sauvin hops. Their tropical apport doesn’t work too well with the grain bill, imho.
-Dusty specks are provided by the otherwise tame wild yeast presence.
-Some coffee-like roastiness accompanies the chocolate.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle (small sample). Darker brown pour with a tan head. Tart fruit nose and taste. Decent, but I didn’t love it.
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of the guys at RedligthRedlight.
pours dark brown with thin beige head.
Aroma is yeasty with hints of sourness and dark fruits.
Flavor, dark malts, some chocolate, dark fruits; cherries, prunes, hints of candi sugar and thin spicy yeast notes in the finish along with some good sourness.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a hazed brown with a thin beige head. Cherries, soft roast and char on the nose. More cherry flavors, lightly sour oude bruin notes. Toffee as well. Very tasty, with some dark fruit and malt touches on the finish.
marcus (8001) - 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.