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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 340   ABV: 11.32%
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Manhattan NW, a NW style sour ale that was, until recently, a secret. Its a blend of Blond Quad aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels on 150 pounds of sour pie cherries for five months before additionally aging on apricot noyaux for three months. Aromas of cherries, Bourbon, sweet candy and hints of spice are noticed up front. Tart cherry skins and Maraschino cherries on the palate lead to a dance of rich cherry notes that are followed by slight Bourbon sweetness. Much like the process to make fission, the steps involved here are greater than the sum of their parts. What isnt a secret? At 11.32% ABV, youre going to need a designated driver

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5410) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, listed at 9.6%. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber/slight pinkish color with a small dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sweet/tart/sour cherries, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, leathery/musty funk, pepper, cinnamon, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sweet/tart/sour cherries, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, leathery/musty funk, pepper, cinnamon, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, bread dough, pepper, cinnamon, leathery/musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness/spiciness balance, and minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sourness and tannic oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the balanced lactic/acidic finish. Outstanding levels of fruit, Brett/Lacto funk, and bourbon barrel notes; without being overpowering on any aspect. Nice malt presence with minimal residual sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2281) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2017
750ml bottle. Nose very sharp quite woody and vinous. Quite acidic. Some cherries. Taste quite vinous. Finish cherries vinous and acidic. Slightly acetic. Nice cherries. Quite complex. Very sour. A bit too sour for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2017
750ml corked and caged shared by lylertawson, thanks Tyler. Tulip. Cloudy pinkish-copper (if thats possible). A: acidic berries, plastic. Taste is same, with very tart cranberries. Eh, ok.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (2132) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Poured from a 750 ml 2011 Project bottle. Aroma is cherry forward with some medium light spice notes. Light bourbon and faint oak notes. Hints of almond. Light malt notes with hints of raisin and prune as well. Pours a hazy brownish red with a medium sized, thin, tan head that recedes quickly to the edges where a very small amount lingers for a bit. No lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is moderately acidic with a light sharpness to it. Moderately sweet with lots of cherry notes. Some light malt character. Light bourbon and faint oak. Hints of almonds. Some spice notes with raisin and plum. Some light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice sour, especially for the high abv. Good cherry notes with complimentary spice, malt and bourbon notes. Acidity is a bit sharp but not too bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (3179) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Pours a copper-ruby with white head. Sour cherry and light winey woody aroma. Refreshingly tart, with some tart cherry and wood character...light hints of the Bourbon wood. Notes: 2014 vintage on tap at Bangers Austin, Feb 17

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (2216) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2017
10cl tasting on tap at Oproer, Utrecht. Nose is sour apple, strawberry, glue. Body is clear orange amber, head is medium, offwhite, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing, dextrose. Aroma is glue, apple juice, sour strawberry, chemical, roz, candy sweets. Medium sweet, medium to heavy fruity sour. Finish is long lasting fruity medium sour. Light body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Quite heavy due to sourness, very interesting, nice one but cant drink too much.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1751) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Botte. Pours semi-turbid peachy pink with no head. Aroma is cherries and raspberries. Taste is cherry sweet, light cherry tart, hint of cinnamon, spices, medium tartness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Nice beer tastes like sour juice and is very smooth for being imperial. Oak aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
23rd September 2016
Borefts VIII. Day 1. Keg. Lightly hazy apricot colour beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry with decent carbonation. Light bitterish malts. Acidic generic fruits, Light dry finish. A bit too acid for me but some nice bits.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Korcz (3133) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Ojj. Rewelacja. Gdzie ta moc? Znakomity, lekko octowy Sour.


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