TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Spring Lake, MI). Pours a gentle hazed straw yellow hue, a bit hazy with a gentle bit of glow on the bottom and edges. Frothy whitish head atop dies to a small ring, laces smaller overall. Aromas are touches of apple, tart and sweet with a distinct oaky feel. Vanilla, cognac and grape spirit hits the nose, a touch warm with some ABV warmth, more oak and a bit of toastiness. Red fleshy apple, a touch sweet and tart with mellow yeast return a bit as we settle in. Initial is a bit dry, the oak time done well to dry this out as some tartness, yeast and decent barrel elements permeate. Firm tannic elements meet spirit, a bit of warmth and fermented grapes. Some gentle toastiness, burgundy and gentle sweetness. Middle is a bit more dry, tannic with wet wood meeting deadened apple sweetness. Some more cognac, a bit fuzzy and warm hit the backend. Some tartness, green apple and gentle yeasty backend trail out with oak, a bit of Cognac warmth, white grape and wet wood. This is aged well, assertive flavors but not overdone. The smaller base does itís best to hold up against it with a tart, dry backend mixing with that tannic oak element. A bit fuzzy, dry, tart. Iím not sure this is served still anymore as Dís entry suggests. Perhaps that was special? Nice stuff. Complex with a tougher spirit to integrate well, I think.
deyholla (9917) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Pours a clear pale yellow with no head what so ever. Aroma has a nice dry slightly tart apple note with backing cognac. Flavor is dry throughout with a light tart apple note with growing oak and cognac in the finish.