durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprise; this is pretty awesome. One of the four growlers my awesome mother-in-law got me for my birthday. From a distance it looks reddish-purple, but held up to the light it shows more amber-brown notes. Not a whole lot of head here. Nose shows an interesting mix of chocolate and caramel malts with Belgian yeast and plummy vinous notes. Taste is bright and starts with a bit of tartness, but then goes more sweet and shows tannins (from the plum skins?) then slightly dry. Unique.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at WW. Gotta love that bad-ass wood series in the lower regions. Rich pour, a port colored beer with attractive reddish hues picked up by afternoon light. Very sumptuous nose, moderately tart yeast strains pitching things somewhere between the kind of nose you get in an old ale (minus the ABV) and an oud bruin. Plums too, natch, and they’re more prominent than expected, especially in the taste. Good thing I’m a Pepper, Jim, because it tasted great. Rich and almost chewy in places, but with nicely tart, almost sere qualities elsewhere. Fine stuff.
BrettTaylor (450) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the brewpub. Pours a rich reddish amber with a hint of purple. The head is minimal and light lacing. Tasting gives a jammy plum at the start leaving a light malt finish and hint of fruit. Very good.