imdownthepub (10878) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2009 Bottled, Pasteurised. Dark amber beer with chunky head. Sweet and sour beer with little character. Thin flavours, some fruitiness. Disapointing. Re Rate 17.12.09 I get it now, fruity, souring and full, my tatsebuds have obviously developed over the years.
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin weak head. A slight froth but disappears and is pretty weak. Dark orange to ruby an color, slightly cloudy and nothing overly exciting. From a distance, almost looks like a brown ale. Several different aromas going on here – sweet fruit, vanilla, fake scent at car wash – yellow tree style. As it warms up the banana Runts flavor begins to work its scent to the forefront. Interesting aroma. I’m tasting tartness up front, the body is noticeably thin. The finish is tart as well. Reminds me of hard apple cider. That aftertaste is funky : acidic leaves a sweet tart lingering flavor. Very good. Thin body accentuates this beer – light and slightly refreshing.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/15/03. Also tried in bottle. Ratings above are for draft. Pours to a frothy head that dissipates quickly to a lingering, thin whisp. Dark ruby/copper color, almost deep brown until you pass some light through it. Hypnotizing vinous scent, sour cherries and oak with some alcohol aroma too. Deeper into the keg, more vinegary scent, bordering on completely overwhelming. Apart from that, it's very enticing and almost intoxicating just from inhalation. Medium-full body, very full and creamy for the style. Taste of berries with sourness and tart cherry bite as well as a bit of a "dirty" woodiness to it. It jumps a little bit as you swallow and lingers in a nice hum in the back of your throat. Nice, long finish with constant, mild tartness in the throat and savory cherry sweetness on the tongue. Very delicious beer, and a definite treat for dessert at the end of a satisfying meal. Just don't get the stuff at the bottom of the keg. Hoah boy! Bottled version: much more sour, almost overwhelming. Kind of unpleasant, but the fruit flavors are still there beneath it all. A little too sharp.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an effervescent, frothy head that remains and laces down nicely. In the glass, it looks a lot like a Coke. Sour nose. Wow, the flavor is something special, tart and sweet, a little woody... hard to describe at this point in my beer-ducation. The complexity reminds me of a dubbel, but much sweeter and more tart. Loved one.
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown beer with a wine-vinegar aroma and a nice sweet and sour taste. Very pleasant.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Aroma is sour, with some vinegar(not as much as expected), and cider notes. Body is a clear redish brown with a tight medium sized light brown head. Taste is initially sour with a very slight sweetness behind it. Slight vinegar, with a wonderful finish. Very good.
hotstuff (4356) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer?? tasted and smelled more like a wine than it did a beer and therefore it was very much not to my liking. It poured a large sized tan frothy head that consisted of fine-small bubbles. The body was opaque and carbonated with a red hue. The nose reminded me of pure wine as did the flavor. The mouthfeel was tingly, tangy, bitey and medium bodied. There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large tan head, rocky, lasts. Clear brown brew with a deep red tint, nice lookin brew. Vinous, vinegary nose with some hints of wood. Medium body. Sweet up front. Fruity, berrys, cherrys. wood comes through more so in the flavor. A sweet/sour thing is going on. Kinda interesting though. Finish is semi sweet, cidery. Different, i must say.
thedm (4999) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a very large head of foamy very light brown colored finely sized bubbles that left behind a very carbonated hazy brown colored body and a good spider web like lacing. The aroma is complex with notes of raisin, sherry, port and caramel malts that made me sneeze. The mouthfeel is smooth andd tingly at the start and smoothens even more in its finish. The flavors are also very complex and taste much like the aroma smells. There are notes of raisin, grape, port vinuous alcohol and seemed more like a wine than a beer just a bit heavier. None-the-less it is very interesting and a reccommended try.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May I call this moreish? Even if I've never figured out quite WTF it means? Shared sample at Falling Rock. Found it luxurious. Loved the texture and sour cherry and just want more to see if a larger tasting would leave me wanting even more or feeling that I should have left it the way it was.