zizzybalubba (1879) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO. Cola-like brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of lemon, zinfandel, and a slight detection of apple cider vinegar. Jaw-clinchingly sour taste with white wine and citrus immediately up front. The surprise is a noticeable sweet aftertaste that almost magically coats the tongue at the end. This causes the initial sour flavor to become somewhat muted. Overall this is a wonderful beer from Avery. BeerandBlues2 (13661) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a medium-small, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is raisin, plum, dark cherry, and vinous-grape with light caramel malt, toast, oak, and figs with light notes of stale hops. Flavor is tart, lightly acidic dark cherry, plum and vinous with medium-light acetic notes, medium malt, light lactic sourness, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. This is Avery’s best barrel-aged series beet to-date. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2011
bottle thanks to Ratman197 and my 100th Sour Rating!. dark brown pour with a small tan head with lots of tiny bubbles. leather, funk, oak, red wine barrel nose with a touch of lactic acid. medium body - big round bright sourness hits the mouth with zinfandel barrel notes, grapes, pedio and lactic acid. vinous throughout. lactic dry immensely tart finish that makes your head sweat a bit. light cherry on the back. another great sour from Avery! 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! Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
12oz bottle picked up at the release party. A surprising dark cola brown pour with a one inch foamy head. Great carbonation straight out. Produced a nose of dark, sweet fruits and cherries. Warned it would be sour. I found it more tart than typical for a wild ale but pleasingly balanced and delicious. The time spent in vinfandel barrels adds a sweetness to knock down the mouthpuckering sharpness that slaps you up front, leaving a refreshing finish overall. Nice job by the gang at Avery..
Ratman197 (15113) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottlepoured a clear dark redish brown with a lasting tan head and great lacing. Aroma of sour citrus, grapes, oak, barnyard and light carmel. Palae was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of grapes, sour citrus, barnyard funk and ligjt carmel with a crisp dry tart lingering funky vinous finish. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Sampled from a few bottles (at GABF. The second keg they were planning on pouring at the festival was apparently stolen). Pours with a hazed brown body with a tan head. Outstanding and complex aroma featuring strong vinous notes, spicy, pepper, red wine, rich malt, brandy, caramel, funk and a good sourness. Flavors are very strong on the lactic side, bright fruit notes, vinous, slightly peppery red wine. Very awesome. Big bodied, vinous and lactic finish with lively carbonation. Great stuff! nuplastikk (6373) - 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., wedgie9 (2702) - 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. crossovert (13457) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Such a solid series of beers. This one has more dark fruits, tannins, wine, and of course a buttload of sourness.