Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2012
750ml bottle. The pour yields a cloudy, glowing medium orange-amber colored body. A thick, lasting layer of off-white froth settles at the head, leaving behind dripping arches of lace on the glass. The nose starts out with a lightly sweet, fresh cereal base that is overlain with suggestions of blackberry chiffon and mild floral and herbal hops. Yeast is subtly tart, touching on some citric notes and edgy barrel tannins, showing some peppery oak tendencies. Damn, this stuff smells pretty nice. Flavors mirror the nose, showing a semi-sweet golden cereal base, followed by a soft kiss of blackberry and noticeable vinous acidity and barrel tannins. I wish there were a more thorough attenuation, as the cereal impedes the more desirable fruity tartness, but it still works on the whole. The palate is predictably a bit heavier than I’d like, showing just a touch of excessive residual sugar, but it is well carbonated and about as refreshing as an 8%’er can be. Overall, quite a nice little package. A few tweaks could make this a real winner. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of mustiness, basil, vinous, light citrus, and blackberries. Flavor of earthiness, blackberries, vanilla, vinous, and oak with a dry finish. phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2012
750 ml bottle from deftim13- thanks again, Tim! Bottle 3281, 5/29/11. Pours a cloudy gold with orange tints and a finger of soft foamy eggshell white head. Aroma of sweet and caramel malts, blackberries, oak, vanilla, peach, and a bit of vinegar. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts, blackberries, wine, oak, vanilla, citrus, and herbs. Medium-bodied, with a vinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very complex and tasty. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks to swellbrewer for the share. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is berry, oak, and some tartness with hints of vinegar. Flavor is similar- nice blend of berry and tartness here, the oak and the fruit play well together. The blend produces a pleasing meld of flavors. Light to medium in body and mildly oaky. Finish lingers with sweet berry and oaky notes. Nice beer. Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Interesting and complex creation.Dark coloured body. Yeasty initially, and then bold berry fruity flavour, finishing with abundant merlot tannin flavour, and somewhat drying. The smell did not give away the mystery of the berries. Tremendous range of flavour, best experienced at about room temperature. I could not knock this bomber off myself, but could easily do so with two or three people round a campfire.Thanks Tom.
Zymurgeist2 (2319) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Sour and tart aromas with blackberry somewhat restrained. Hazy brushed gold with full concentrated white head. Blackberry and sour, mouthfeel is medium with puckering. Tangy and tart on the late palate. Fruit also comes in again very late. hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle… Fantômepalooza 2011… This beer rocks!… Hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Great retention. The nose is spicy, fruity and supplies a plethora of cereal and pale grains. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is tangy, mildly sweet and a hint spicy with an undertone of fruity berries. Finishes crisp, tangy and modestly sweet. Kudos to richiesd for shipping this bottle from the left coast! pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 750ml bottle courtesy of a recent. Bottle 1240 of who knows... Pours a semi-transparent orange brown shade and then topped with a thin to medium quickly dissipating soapy white head... Aroma of white wine and bretty semi-funk. Grapey feel throughout without too much of the blackberries to be honest... Flavors are much of the same with a dry white wine presence to go alongside a bretty pineapple dryness. More of that grapiness from the wine barrel without venturing too far into blackberry territory. Thin to medium bodied with a semi-lively carbonation that mends well with the dryness from the wild yeast. arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours was clear reddish purple almost with a nice white head, aroma brought notes of toffee, blackberry, sweet citrus and other fruity notes, hints of oak and a touch of the grape comes through, but really not much wine character in the aroma. Taste is nice with notes of blackberry and grapes combining with other fruity notes, some hints of biscuit and caramel in there, slight hint of the oak, finishing fairly dry. Not a bad brew at all, wish the tartness of the blackberry and wine barrel came out more. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
(750ml bottled 5/29/11 #1291 thanks to jyoungsbcp) cloudy medium gold with fine white bubbles. Nose of brett-C, citra hops, orange pulp, quite sweet. Taste of metal, spruce needles, herbal, spices, muddles. Not really a good combination. Bad tasting linger.