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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour characteristics come to the fore in this release, foreshadowed by the tart, winey aroma. Notes of cherry, chocolate, olive brine, and leather give way to a subtle hint of funk and a dry, clean finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9774) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Big sour aroma and taste - awesome beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9684) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle shared by Dany for our rooftop brochette dinner. Pours an orange amber with a thin white head. Sour acid and wood on the nose. Medium bodied, acetic with warm alcohol coming through. Tart acid and wood. Tangy acetic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9569) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 Draft sample (or maybe a few) at St. Louis Microfest 2011. This made the VIP tent worth it. Pours a deep, hazy brown color with no head whatsoever. Looks like an old barleywine. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sour berry fruits, plums, chocolate, and toffee. The flavor shows awesome balance between the barrel and sour fruity notes- more sour berries, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some earthy notes. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, funky, acidic mouthfeel. Lemon juice lingers in the aftertaste but that barrel sweetness never goes away completely. This might be the only beer I tried twice that day. Awesome sour. Re-Rate: Pour from a 750 ml bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! Rating confirmed. Still love this one, and agree with my notes. Except for a couple points- it isnt quite as funky or acidic as first noted. Sweeter and smoother. Doing really well right now. I wouldnt age it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9426) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
750 ml bottle at large tasting. Pours a deep copper color with a slight haze and a medium sized frothy off white head. The aroma and flavor had tart fruits, cherry, lemony citrus, oak, mild sweetness, light funk with a touch of musty grape vinous character. The sour character was more prominent on the flavor. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9362) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Josh! Clear ruby red pour with thin to no head, aroma has notes of vinegar, lemon, hints of caramel, toffee, touch of red ripe fruit with some cherry, touch of alcohol and vanilla notes as well, touch of honey. Taste is a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, some vinegar and lemon notes, touch of bread, hints of caramel, slight red ripe fruits with a hint of bourbon, finishing fairly sweet, slightly sour and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9203) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 bottle. early pour is mostly clear, amber in color, with a small tan-colored ring of a head. tart, dried fruit with soft acetic acid and ethyl acetate, light touches of solvent and mild bourbon and tannic oak note that has flashes of red wine. medium body with light and fizzy carbonation, aggressive acid and mild brown malt and bourbon and solvent notes lingering late. much more integrated than the Deschutes/HOTD Collage, but similarly messy and direction-less, which I guess is what you get when you go for "something sour in a spirit barrel".

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8247) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
750 ml bottle to tulip (shared by tastybeer). Looks good; a cloudy amberish brown with foamy off-white head. Smells solid; tart and funky with notes of cherry. Tastes like it smells with some tannic notes. Good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8142) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2012
at $19, i just didnt have the funds, but a sample at a tasting, thank you .. . pours a deep tan .. medium foam .. . great tarness/funkiness .. . some wood and sweet wild leather .. . very nice stuff but a whole bottle would have been way to much .. . . "If you dont have anything nice to say dont say it at all" Mimes must be the most hateful people on earth then.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle (multiple). Pours with a hazy golden hued body with a small white head. Aromas are bretty, funky, grainy, unripe fruits, olive, huge oak, wine, cherries. Flavors are tart, and big, dry, vinous, oaky. Very warming, wine, tannins, cherry and leather. Lively carbonation, warming and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7846) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Purposefully waited to rate this until I could make it my 2200th rating. Sampled at Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines fest in Vail 2013. Murky burnt orange with a thin cap head. Has some settled particles on the bottom of the glass that doesnt look like classic yeast...almost looks like tiny pencil shavings. Intense sour aroma of bactillic wood, port wine, and acidic fruit. Flavor is delightful with a fruity tone thats kinda all over the place, with a certain brightness of acidic zest, port barrel wood, and a bretty dry finish. Really delightful and full and complex.


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