Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bleeng and KAggie97. Murky tannish pour. Sour aroma. Has notes of a sour apple with vinegar caustic. Very tart flavor. Creeps along the tongue to rest angrily on the back of the palate. Tasty, yet uncomfortable. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2009
12oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a somewhat dirty copper amber brown with a thick soapy light beige head... Aroma of sweet and tangy pineappley fruit, a little bubblegum, as well as some vanilla and vinous qualities... Flavors have an upfront tartness which remains pretty dry and minerally. Some sweetness thrown in fir good measure but it remains tart and dry for the majority. Very smooth and silky on the palate. Nicely done. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Pours with a generis head...fully coats the glass as you tilt it...it’s an off-white somewhat tan color and the beer underneath is a neato shade of cloudy orange-brown...like a slutty african pumpkin or something. I’ll admit that at the current moment, I lost my sense of smell like Dewey Cox but after trying really really really hard, I get a musty fruit sensation with a background wave of boozy alcohol. Flavors, and they are muted because of my stupid cold, but they are very woodsy and earthy with vinous notes all over...both the chardonnay and Cabernet notes are evident..not sure I get any of the bourbon influence though. The sourness is more of a brettanomyces-like soft tart funkiness with maybe a bit of lactic sourness at the edges...tannic vinous finish. I quite like it though I wish my cold wasn’t making the experience seem far away. playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
From a 12oz bottle courtesy of DaSilky1. Pours an amber-reddish orange color with a small white head. Smells like fruits, candy, yeast, and it has a nice funky quality. Nice funky yeasty taste, remnants of dried fruit, bananas, oak chips, and watered down kool-aid. Has a nice dry finish with a lingering alcohol warmth. This is a tasty brew. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2009
dark copper body with a nice white head that stays as a nice thin ring for a while. bubblegum, orange zest, wet funk lightly sits there with the wood scent. easy to tell that i have a cut on the roof of my mouth with the first sip. hurt so good. nice sour level, not the jaw clenching that i love, but enjoyable sour that blends with the wine flavors. a bit of something like raspberry lingering here. has that odd mouthfeel that i notice with some brett beers. bubblegum citrus flavor keeps popping up in this. along with a strong wood flavor. red wine flavor is over everything here. i think i need to get a bottle to my oldest brother, that wine sucker will like this. the taste like oil based paint leaves in my mouth from when i worked construction is definitely here-i think that is the brett again, i get that from a few other beers too. sour peach works in there too. the last sip was better than the first. i could drink a few of these today while i wait for my barbecue chicken i have in the oven.
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GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2009
First I have to thank zizzybalubba for bringing this back from GABF. What a surprise! Great flavors of port and chardonnay infused in a mildly tart beer. Hints of cassis and vanilla on the finish. Mildly sweet, mildly tart, layers of flavors and smooth as can be! An absolute masterpiece! arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2009
12oz bottle shared by a friend so I got a good six ounces of this stuff. The first smell was funky but delicious, sour fruits all over the place. The color was a cloudy dark orange. The flavor was more fruitiness, brett funk, not much sour but enough, really impressive. The more I think about this, the more I’d like to buy some!
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Reviewed on: 10-11-2009 00:26:11 User37895 (3042) - - OCT 10, 2009
Holy, freaking smokes, Robert from SL!!!! The best, most awesome Avery production EVER, thanks for sharing! This thing poured as an amber colored brew with tons of red hues behind it, slight off-white colored head. The aroma was just wonderful, oak (French oak, if I might act so refined), some bourbon, red wine, bret, light tart cherries. The flavor followed as wonderfully as all that in the aroma, including what I was sure was pinot noir-ness (so much for my sommelier-ness), earthy funk, light spicing, NO alcohol detection at all, couldn’t believe this thing. Fantastic, smooth, big mouthfeel, low carbonation. Wonderful stuff. Thanks, Robert! theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
++++ Re Rate 21 June 2010 ++++
12 oz bottle from alagnak. Pour is slight haze orange golden with a smallish off white head. Aroma is sour vinegar, wood, and some cherry skin. Taste is sour cherry right up front, blended and followed nicely by the wood graininess and finishing with tannic cherry skin / wood and cherry pits. This improved with age, and tastes much better blended. (8,4,8,4,15 - 3.9)
++++ Original Rating 9 October 2009 ++++
12 oz bottle from alagnak. Bottled sept 18, 2009. Pour is hazed orange caramel brown with a whisper of a white head. Aroma of vegetal sharp wood barrel, some straw, some hay, sweet rose floral honey even. Taste is sweet - orange floral, strong barrel, wood, grainy - some citrus lemon. Taste is "juicy", really not much sour. Palate is coating, cloying a bit, finish lingers with some sweet clove and yeast. Alcohol level is well hidden. Curious to see how this one develops with age. Thanks for grabbing this for me Chris. (8,4,7,4,14 - 3.7)
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 12oz. bottle at Logan’s Pre-GABF Party 2009. Strong, sour, funky, winey aroma, woody and fruity with very light sweetness, citrus, hay and wood. Cloudy light amber color with a fine, lasting head. Funky, farmy, tart, woody and sweet flavor, notably tannic with light caramel, wine, red grape, citrus and straw. Utterly dry, moderately bitter finish. Nicely effervescent, nearly puckering and gently warming mouthfeel with a full body. Stuff like this is difficult for me to even conceive of. What you’ve got is something that sounds like a train wreck of flavor, but is actually very good. Sort of mind blowing, at least at first.