Sammy (12993) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
A masterful creation, and i must say the nexus of wine and beer, and oak. Somewhat cherry, tannic but not unpleasantly so. Red body with fast disappearing head. Thanks Jason B. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottled Aug 17th, 2011.
2.5 A: Very dark brown, nearly black color. Just about a half finger of fizzy head that fell quickly and left just traces of lacing.
4.0 S: I wondered if this was aged in white or red zinfindel barrels, but one whiff quickly answered that (red). Big vinous grape component with a strong acetic acidity. Earthy and animal funk with a rotting log undertone. Oaky with lots of cherry fruitiness and toasty malts.
4.0 T: Interesting mix of acetic and lactic acid. The acetic hits you hard and quick at the start. Then the tangy lactic sets in, giving peachy and cherry fruitiness. Vinous grape again. Oaky with a mild vanilla component and surprsingly little tannins. Earthy and fruity funk.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Very smooth despite the acidity.
4.0 D: I definitely enjoyed this. Lots of good flavors with a nice balance of acidity and funk.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-28-2012 00:09:50 Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Hazy brown pour with ring of khaki head. Lightly tart cherry woody funk on the nose. Dark sour cherries, some acidity. A little thin on the palate. This was a very decent sour. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle shared by evilinagoodway. Dark cola brown pour. Super tart berries. Taste is super sour and blackberry jam. Great sour. hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Dark brown/red pour, tan head quickly recedes. Aroma of sourdough, cherry, strawberry/blackberry jam. Very tart on the front palate moving on to a burst of sour and slowly fading to a dry, tart mouthfeel. Another remarkable beer from Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series... we’ll see how they age!
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
funky, acetic aroma with a strong barrel presence, some dark malt and an off-putting nail polish remover character. As it warms the acetic notes are countered by toasted oak, roasted malt and vinous fruit.
Medium bodied with a harsh acetic acid presence that overpowers things at first. Tart and puckering with a slightly overwhelming vinegar flavor that lingers well after the finish. As it warms the dark malt and wine barrel character start to develop. Hints of toasted oak and vinous fruit with some grape and other dark berries. That being said, the acetic quality is just too strong making this beer tough to drink. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Tasted in November 2011 from a 12oz bottle, thanks to CurtisMacArthur. Pours opaque dark brown with an average tan head that leaves thin lace. The nose is super sour, with balsamic vinegar and lemon, along with molasses, dark chocolate malt, and some sour dark fruits. The flavor is intensely sour with some tart fruit, lemon, and balsamic vinegar, all balanced by the dark chocolate and molasses from the nose. The body is medium with a tannic texture, average carbonation, and a super long, very sour, molasses, and dark chocolate malt finish. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with some ruby hues and a small ring of off-white bubbles. Has a rich semi-sweet dark caramel and fruity vinous nose with good oak barrel notes. Starts with a rich velvety mouthfeel and a touch of molasses quickly giving way to strong zinfandel fruitiness and tart complexity before a drier puckering finish. Has a great vinous profile throughout, but could use a touch more sweetness. Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Big thanks to my winter 2011 Secret Santa for this one! So,, is it sour, you ask? Oh yes, my friends, it is sour. Smells like lemon, oak and bubblegum. Lots of citrus in the flavor, plus some oak, some balsamic vinegar, and a persistent bubblegum note. Very sour, but lots of flavor, too. I liked it. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
bottle. dark cola pour with red wine hues. Aroma has red wine notes, oak. pretty intense aroma. Flavor was sweet & tart, red wine, heavy fruit forward dark fruits of a powerful zin. Booziness well past that of a 9.87% beer. Red wine soaked raisins. Very complex & would like more