Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
On draft at mekong for beerweek. Clear reddish pour with ring of offwhite head. Tart vinous nose with only a hint of alcohol. Flavor is wonderfully tart with definitive wine characteristics coming through. Dry tart finish. Very good and balanced and easy to drink. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
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 (8074) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
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
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 (5875) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2011
@ 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
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 (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
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 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
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 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
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
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.