nuplastikk (6313) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
12oz bottle split at Madison tasting. Deep cherry brown. Big sour aroma. Sour tones all over the place and a nice woody brown malt balance. The sour tones more than cover up the alcohol, making this taste like a young, subtle Oerbier Reserva in some respects. Wine sourness in the finish, lemony grapes. Quite excellent., TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
12 oz bottle courtesy of an adnielsen trade. Thanks, Aaron. Let’s kick off Thanksgiving! Pours a darker brownish hue, touch of ruby on the edges, a good glow, healthy carbonation with a small frothy tannish head that dies to a tiny ring, minimal lacing. Aromas smack with red wine tannins and cherries, touches of darker sweet malts, toffee and lactic acid. Funky brett, wet oak come in with vanilla, red wine, oak, and touches of sweetness. Funky brett, dry, some balsamic dances in a touch. Initial is darker, with good healthy cherries and red wine, dryness and tannins dance in, lots of red wine mix with some lactic presence, touches of toast and caramel sweetness, gentle dark fruit and brown sugar. More vanilla and oak, gentle balsamic presence, sticky sweetness not overpowered by sour. I’d say more red wine that soured, fairly balanced with alcohol well hidden. I’d say this is one of the most balanced offerings from the Avery Barrel series. Meretrix, the previous one smacking of sourness and acidity. Finish is lingering barrel tannins, red wine and oak, lingering decent to moderate sourness, but sweeter caramel, toffee, and biscuits balance a bit, touches of brett, vanilla. Dry, quite drinkable. Really enjoyed this as far as balance. Aroma and appearance fall off a bit with a pretty much non existent head and fading aromas. Nice. Showing a different side (more mellow) of the Avery sours. emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Shared by turd. Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is carmelly and acetic with notes of toffee. Light caramely notes and some acetone. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Thanks to adnielsen for this one in trade. Cheers, Aaron! Pours a hazy dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is oak, sour cherries, oak, vinous fruit, and slight balsamic vinegar. Flavor is similar- nice oak, sour cherry, vinous fruit, and tartness abound. Medium in body and a nice sipping sour that I would have no clue about the alcohol content if I didn’t look. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle, thanks Armin. Deep black cherry red with spotty tannish lace. Nose of cherry, white wine, buggy, wood. Flavor is sharp cherry acidity with a musty, basement like finish. If tamed down a little, could be really nice.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2011
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of vinous, wood, caramel, brown sugar, and cherries. Flavor of vinous, balsamic, wood, cherries, banana, plum, and raisins. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pour from a bottle thanks to Robert. Darkish red in color with not alot of carbonation. Flavors from the Zinfandel barrels present. Dark fruit and grape flavors up front. Good dose of sour tartness in the mix. Liked this beer for sure. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours a midnight red with no head.Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Aroma: Sweet red wine, caramel. Very funky.
Taste: Tart, tannins, dark fruit caramel and fennel seed.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation.
Overall: Familiar to the series, but still very unique for a sour.
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown / amber highlights - with a mild khaki head in this glass. The nose is excellent - funky, earthy, leather, cherry, vinous nose - the flavor profile has more of the vinegar, citrus rinds, sour cherry, earthy oak and vanilla elements - it is heavy on the vinegar but I enjoyed this one immensely. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle from adnielson. Thanks aaron! Dark brown with a reddish edge and a small off-white head. Aroma is sour and loaded with sour cherries, tart grapey notes, some light wood, balsamic vinegar. Flavor is sour and just damn delicious. Lots of fruit, vinegar, wood, cherries, vinous notes. I fucking love these sour beers from Avery. Bad ass!