merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
A: Reddish/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, No Head, No Lacing
S: Red Wine, Raspberries
T: Red Plum, Bitter Cherry, Red Wine
M: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Bitter, Mildly Tart
Overall, nice bitter and red wine flavor, good barrel taste with it. justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Poured into HF wine glass at 45 degrees.
A- Pours a ruby verging on brown that looks brilliantly clear with a brown to off-white half inch head that very quickly fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. Minimal retention and lacing.
S- Starts off with a big acetic blast that took me aback, but underneath there is a really nice jammy raspberry that makes me look forward to taking a sip much more than the initial vinegar shock. A very small tobacco/cedar note, maybe the barrel coming through? There doesn’t seem to be a ton of barnyard, maybe a little mustyness on the back end. As it warms the vinegar dies down and the raspberry really comes out to play.
T- Wow- much better than I was expecting by the first shock of acetic on the nose. This has an amazing raspberry and cherry flavor that really blew me away, followed by a fairly weak acidity on the back end. Not overly complex, but very good.
M- Very dry. Up front, the high, prickly carbonation is evident in your mouth, followed by a huge blast of cottonmouth. I’m left wanting some water in between sips, in addition to moistening my gum line with my tongue. Not the driest, but definitely a thirst quencher. The bad news is the high carbonation up front doesn’t lend itself to drinking fast.
O- Meh. I was really impressed with the beautiful color (especially when you hold it up to light), smell, and taste, but the dry and thin nature of the beer didn’t leave me super excited to take another sip. It definitely loses some points on the drinkability aspect. Glad I got to try it, but not something I would actively seek out again. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to chuckaduck! Mostly hazy dark red color. Thin sort of grey / khaki bubbly head. Head fades to minimal. No lace really sticks. Awesome, big puckering sour taste. Very nice big raspberry, with a lightly spicy tart raspberry kick in the finish. Bigger body. Sort of lightly sticky in the finish, with a long tart raspberry and lightly spicy woody finish. Hint of chocolate. Some cab sauv type grape. Very enjoyable, aggressive, lightly spicy (in a raspberry way) sour. Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Juicy flavorful raspberry jam and shart lacic yogurt tartness accompanied by nice oaky vinous notes that add a lot to this beer. Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Pours a dark amber color with a fizzy off white head from a 12 ounce bottle. Aroma is very oak/wine/sour with some malt and caramel, very complex. Flavor is very sour but very smooth with some wine and oak. Finish is astringent but awesome. Mouth feel is dry and sour and carbonation is average. Overall this is a delicious beer.
vyvvy (6571) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours amber with a reddish hue and a small tan head. The aroma has caramel, cabernet, blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries and a really nice tartness. Very complex and as wine notes are noticed than beer. Medium body that has a sharp crispness to it and small amount of subdued carbonation. The flavor starts off with sharp tartness that has the berry / fruit notes on the aroma. There is a malt backing it, but its not as assertive as it is on the aroma. The finish has a smooth maltiness that comes in and reminds you its a beer and smooths out the flavor a lot. There is a spiciness that is somewhere between phenolic, hoppy and minerals, so not sure what’s contributing. Fruit sharpness lingers for quite a while. Excellent beer. I was debating about opening a beer or wine and this nicely met both tastes. Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Murky deep copper pour with a fizzy tan head which disappears almost immediately. Aroma of wood & cherries. Tart right off the bat, gives you that pinch at the back of your jaw. Fruit is very present along with the funky sourness. Mellows to a nice winey flavor, with the barrel quite present. Pretty interesting. JaBier (8112) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle purchased somewhere in Kentucky and drank in the hotel. Clear reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of raspberry, funk and sour cherry. Sweet raspberry flavor followed by funk, sourness and oak before a tart raspberry finish. RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small biege head. Aroma of tart fruit, and a touch of vinegar. Taste is tart cherries, tart raspberries, wine, vinegar, and oak. Very nice Sour Ale. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
bootle. pleasant dusty tart cherries. carmalized brown sugar. red wine oak. tart apple raspberry chocolate covered cherry dessert. pretty dry my brothers. a touch puckering, one might say. tart sour apples. fun. good enough.