GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity oak cask at Churchkey. Pours a predictable flat, glowing, hazy, tea orange color. Red wine, strawberry, sweet red cherries, flashes of balsamic in the nose. Taste is much sweeter than I was expecting: lots of cherry juice box/sugary children’s juice juxtaposed with phlegmy lactic sourness and spicy oak. Cherry pie and sweet strawberry are forefront with a sour, lactic palate. Maybe a little twang of eggy sulfur. Mouthfeel ends with some pretty intense acetic heat. Still, quite nice but extremely dangerous at an unnoticeable 11%. I’m serious.
radagast83 (7616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Churchkey. Poured a cloudy dark reddish/amber color with a small wispy white head. Aroma was light fruits (apples), sour funk, notes of sweet malts. Flavor masked the alcohol so well, I was shocked. Sour, yeast notes. Dangerously drinkable.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small and quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is of dark fruits, some malts, fruity, lots of alcohol and some funk. Lots of fruit in the flavor, very musky, little carbonation, red wine, very intense flavor. According to my mother: "tastes like fermented fruits smells."
skortila (5473) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has some caramel malts, fruitiness, wood. Hazy, red-orange coloured beer with no head. The taste is sour/tart, has some caramel, wood, wine and fruit. Refreshing, has some body. Quite nice.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey. Dark brown pour with a small head. Nose and flavor both hold a really brilliant combination of sweet deep malt presence like plum and raisin, woody acidity from the red wine barrels, nice balanced sourness, and that phenomenal crisp tannic dryness from the white wine wood. Really an impressive beer.
Braudog (6494) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got the last pour at the Birch. Muddy and ruddy with a thick murky top. The aroma is immense, rich with glorious funkiness. It drinks quite nicely for a sour, easy going and relatively mellow. Delicious. (#4263,9/24/2011)
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Churchkey. Pours clear tawny with a medium-small, bubbly white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty, and bread malt with toffee and brown sugar notes, alcohol, oak, and dates. Flavor is malt dominant with some sourness, minimal hops and bitterness, oak notes and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Minimal off-white head, clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, some vinous, light butter/Chardonnay, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, some sour, caramel. Medium-full body, low carbonation, some stickiness.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown/purple, lacing white head, heavy and thin. Nose of cherry, balsamic, bit of pie sweetness. Flavor is overly sweet, fruity and bitterly oaky, light cherry. Thin, hot, bitingly carbonated with small bubbles, accents bitterness and thus unfocused impression. Mediocre.
suprchunk (2985) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Moeder Lambic. A dark toffee/caramel color with some ruby highlights. Decently sized off-white head that left a little lacing behind. Aromas reminiscent of vinegar, malt and honey. Not so much honey, but a certain sweetness in the nose that reminds me of it. Taste is pretty tart vinegar. There is a malted backbone that is present, but the sour is the main actor. Decent tart/sour mouthfeel that lasts well after swallowing. Good beer.