Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2012
The flavor is intensely sour cherry and pinot, with subtle, and beautifully integrated support from the bourbon barrel aging. More dark fruits emerge as this nectar is sipped, and there is the same delicate spiciness that was in the aroma. There is a gluhkriek quality to this wild beauty that is softer, and more complex than any spiced kriek I’ve ever tasted, and an immediacy to the flavor that few beers can emulate.
I’m off to my gourmet beer shop tomorrow to buy them out on this happy birthday weekend. psymaestro (7) - - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
A perfect sour with nice bourbon and pinot noir coming out. Very great beer!
dpitinga (136) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Had this on closing night of the Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco...a casualty of Tenderloin gentrification. This beer was recommended to me by Bay Area beer guru, Douglas Smith, who like me, cut his teeth on wine. Feel extremely lucky to have heard his discourse on corks, bottle caps, and micro-oxidation at a bottle share with a Speakeasy Syndicate vertical. Needless to say, the recommendation more than panned out. tsd08460 (1190) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Bomber from Crafted in Haymarket, VA
Aroma: sour cherries, woody, bourbon, dark fruits, woody
Appearance: cloudy brown with a tan head
Taste: medium sourness, medium sweetness,
Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick feel, sour finish
Excellent ronbo39 (8) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
Aroma brilliant with cherries, and incredibly fruity. Appearance is a perfect transluscent brown color with a medium creme-brown head, liquid is hazy. Taste is medium-heavy sour with cherries, heavy heavy cherries. Palate, body is full, texture is thick, carbonation is lively, finish is sour, an explosion in your mouth. Quite possibly one of the finest sours I have drank!
Mep3222 (1574) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2016 Fantastic aroma of oaky dark fruit and lactic sour. So complex. Fig, raisin, oak, almost a mild Woody cherry. Taste is lactic sour, maybe 5 or 6 of 10, very balanced and not overly sour for cascade beers. Dark, and almost a dry finish. Woody dark fruit flavors give enough balance to the sour. Flavors of fig, raisin, oak and slight sweet with some vanilla bourbon, the bourbon Woody flavors are so balanced and not boozy at all. A slight tannic Woody finish. That is the only slight negative to this beer, it is almost like it aged a bit too long and got too woody? But that is a slight negative ( having this again and do not feel it is too Woody, so I would remove that as a slight negative and am bumping from4.7 to 4.8. It is so complex and just great) . It is so complex and a great sour. Really good. Read on the bottle after the fact that it is aged on Bing cherries. The cherry flavors I get from it tasted like they were all from the wood. Sugars all fermented away and really intermingled with the oak. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Draft at Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer’s. Pours a nice black/dark burgundy with a solid tan head and nice lacing. At first, cherry and grapes dominate the sweet aroma with hints of blackberry. But as it warmed, a great wood began to dominate. This was a nice sweet beer balanced incredibly well with the sourness. This had a little wild carbonation but a nice long sour finish. As this got warmer, the beer became more and more complex as various flavors came out. This was the highlight of Sourfest for me (and I sampled it three times throughout the day to make sure) and one of the best beers I’ve ever had. snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 On tap at Uber’s Cascade Night (and Brouwer’s Sour Fest). Pours dark reddish brown with a nice beige head. Huge tart and slightly funky aroma of cherry and wood with tobacco emerging as it warms. The cherries really worked well with this one. Medium bodied and bubbly with a nice lingering tart finish. My favorite of the Fest. DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bomber from Craft. Pours turbid burnt umber with 1-finger khaki head that retains well. Nose is intense tart bing and black cherry, oaky earthy lactose, mild brown sugary wafts. Tastes of tart lactic cherry, staying rich of cherry flavor and earthy oaky flavor, and in my mind being comparable to the great wild cherry ales of anywhere in the world. Play that funky music, baby! Skarcher (2) - - SEP 4, 2013 does not count
This sour is a fabulous blend of tart cherry, smokiness, and the subtle complexity of Pinot noir.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone