jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, cherry juice, toasted grain, plum, dark berry, candi sugar and dry wood. Finishes with hints of tart cherry pit dipped in chocolate. Medium body.
Sammy (8942) - 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 (8742) - San Diego County, 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.
MartinT (8135) - 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.
DocLock (8054) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge tan head and a deep brown body. Aroma has a little funk, cherry, horse blanket, chocolate and nutshells. Taste is thin with chocolate, cherry, metallic notes and brett. Dry mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation.
A whole lot going on here that doesn’t meld right. I love brett, love Nelson Sauvin, and like Bells, but this doesn’t work too well.
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Poured deeper ruby-brown with a tight-bubbled, sticky, long-lasting tan head. Fresh sweeter and tangy cherries jumped out of the bottle (and later snifter) into the nose.. plum and vanilla notes came next.. other warm, dark sugars at the core.. some earth and dry peppery yeast were deeper down, but the cherries really drove the aroma. The flavor had moderately tart cherry skins the whole way through.. deeper, darker black cherry meat, raisins, plums, and a hit of chocolate at the core (with a lovely rising dry-roasted cocoa impression that rose through the finish).. overripe banana and almost wheaty tartness showed on the back-end.. balance was great on all facets of the drink. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. I thought upfront that the cherry juice would dominate, but it came together quite well.. just a little wet oxidation on the back. I enjoyed this much.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a clingy lacing beige head. Aroma of dark toasty sweet caramel with some black cherries, yeasty esters and a touch of smoke. Starts with good fullness and effervescence along with a sweet dark caramel and biscuity complexity along with some strawberry fruitiness before a drier semitart finish. Well-balanced, unique and enjoyable. A nice collaboration between two great brewers.
Ibrew2or3 (7100) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours deep mahogany with tall but loose tan head. The aroma is a Brett tart and lemon like sourness right to the snoot followed by grapefruit sour moldy citrus and a thin layer of musty earthiness. The taste is smooth with prunes, plums, cherries and modest tartness unlike what I was getting in the nose. It gets a bit dry and mildly tart and refreshing blending into smooth fruitiness right into the finish. Nice smooth refreshing brew.
deyholla (7005) - 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.