bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet tartness! Layers of dark sweet cherries with fresh not quite ripe plums.Dark mahogany color with slight head.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Also available at the Mud Lounge in Missouri's Springfield - and at the home of one of SMS's librarains where I had quite a few ... Anyway, this is a really fun beer - an unexpected romp of complexity after months wandering in the beer desert back home. A really nice - well not balance, exactly, but stretch between the sour cream cake sweetness and the vibrant acidic edges. Good stuff!
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Dark brown with a slight mohagany tint. Head is initially large but falls back to a thin surface film. Aroma is amazing, slighly sour, black cherry, with an oaky note and an amazing tawny port smell. I spent about 10 minutes trying to pick out all of the port characteristics, seems fruity with apricot and pineapple notes. Flavour is up to the expectations that the smell gave me. Sour with a fruity port flavour. Slight bitterness that is followed by a lingering sweetness, but without being cloying. Like nothing else I’ve had before.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Burgundy in colour. Umm, once again I have discovered a flavour that I am quite fond of (Balsalmic Vinegar this time) that in my opinion has no place in beer. There is a hint of apples and wood in the taste and nose. Finish is sour. Complex, but essentially undrinkable. Against the Grain here I come.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmmmmm. Dark ruby with a thin white big bubbly head that is quickly discipating. Th nose is very red wineish with grape skin and vinegar. The taste is sour and acidic and bitter lots of vinegar. The body is tingly and sparkeling. I understand where they are going here buyt I just dont like it and on top of that it is NOT very easily drinkable=major deductions from me.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber/garnet with a small head. Aroma is strong; balsamic vinegar, cherry, apples, and more. Very complex. The flavor is intense. Fruity, sweet. Apples and cherries dominate. The acidic finish is more crab apple than vinegar, but very strong. A nice dry aftertaste. Surprisingly balanced and very drinkable for such strong flavors.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish color, with a nice head and good lacing. Sour aroma, very wine-like. Looks and tastes like a red wine. Vinegary, tart flavor. Can't really detect any hops here. Good, interesting, but not my favorite style.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear garnet with a foamy tan head. The aroma is sour vinegar. The flavor is a huge hit of sourness. Big time balsamic vinegar but there is s a bit of sweetness. Holy cow, very unique. Fizzy mouth-feel. It is not bad but the vinegar is a bit much for my tastes.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 It took quite a few years for this one to grow on me but I am starting to come around on this one. +++ Sampled on draft this beer poured a dark caramel-nut color with a large foamy white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tart and sour with faint nut and caramel. The flavor was tart and sweet mixed berries and cherries with undertones of sugar, red wine vinegar, red meat and oregano. The finish was long, tart and fruity. Medium body. Nice.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells something akin to red vinegar and fruit. Dark red with the look of malt vinegar. Fair head retention. Fruity, dry, bubbly flavor