deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a hazy amber with a white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of tart red berries, particularly raspberries, with a hint of bourbon. Flavor had sour berries, particularly raspberries again, as well as funk that was a backing note. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
tap at fobab. moderate balasamic sourness amongst some sweet fruity cherries and a layer of earthy doughy bourbon and vanilla. decent beer. kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Draft at the Great Taste. Pours a rust mahagony color with a nicely formed white tan head. The nose is way more sour and tart fruit notes than I expected. CW really have outdone themselves on this one and was a bit surprising to say the least. Some malty type flavors up front followed by the full force hit of the cherries that impart both a sweet and sour/tart taste to the beer. Light mouthfeel. Overall, a fairly good sour that ranks pretty well but still needs a little time to fully develop. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2010
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of mustiness, florals, and oddly flour. Flavor of vinegar, sour dough bread, pedio, and cherries. The aroma and flavor don’t compliment each other. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On draught during GTMW 2010 Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy orange amber colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin film top and some spotty lacing. Aroma of tart berries, a hint of funk, caramel malt and a hint of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, more character in flavor than in aroma with flavors of sour cherries, vanilla, light bourbon, apple vinegar, roasted caramel malt, and a touch of floral hops. Finish is mildly sour with more detected bourbon in the aftertaste. A mild sour overall but not at the sour level I am used to.
madvike (3280) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ - Pours rosy amber with next to no head. Smells like a Sweet Tart, with a decent amount of citrus. Not terribly pungent, however. Taste is lots of citrus--mostly lemon, and a bit of balsamic vinegar. The biting carbonation distracts a bit, but if this makes it to bottles I’ll definitely pick some up. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2010
GTMW 10. Sour with the dominant lactic that all but three of the american sours I tried at the festival presented. Definite cherry amid the sourness but sadly the bourbon was still too strong for me to truly enjoy it. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Draft on tap at the Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI). Pours a murky yet firm browning copper, well hazed, a small frothy offwhite head that dies to an ok film, laces better than expected. Aromas through a nice sour berry mix, cherries and raspberries mix with light funky brett, light lactic acid, a touch of metal, biscuity and toffee malts. Decent sourness, tart cherry skins mix with biscuity and toffee malts in the body, still intact cereal grains blend with vanilla, oak, bretty funk and a touch of vinegar. A firmer yet fresher cherry sour brown. The sourness grows, moderate at least and tart on the back of the palate. Firm sourness, lactic acid, cherries. I’m happy that biscuits and malts do really stick through in the finish, just a flash. Lighter end of medium bodied, sour punch, something with staying power. Very nice surprise by the guys at Central Waters. Finish with sour cherries, touch of biscuits, acidic bite moving out into smoothed out malts, light brett, sticking acidity. Pretty nice Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
On tap pre-GTMW
blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
This may not smell like much but Central Waters Exodus packs a mean sour punch. Like a very tart Flemish brown ale it takes a few seconds for the full intensity to unfold. While a great beer I am not sure I could finish even 12 ounces alone unless it was over the span of an hour or so at home. Nonetheless I hope more word gets out about a hidden gem from Wisconsin’s forays into sour beers.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep maroon the body looked like a glass of cranberry juice. Lacking almost any head at all due to the generous sample and shaker shaped glass I instead admired the sticky lacing that was a key visual aspect. Baking powder or flour is the main aroma here along with the scrapings from a can of cherry pie extract. It has almost no presence at all.
Flavor / Palate - The first sip was a total stunner. Instead of blandness this had an immediate tart kick. Woody sourness and cherries mixed in a way that was almost like Enigma taken to a higher level. Vinegar is strong in the finish as the acetic acid assaulted the palate. Eventually it began to settle down some what. I was too full to enjoy a full pint but if this becomes a regular release I may have to get my hands on a couple of bottles.
on tap, murky red brown with no foam, slight sour cherry aroma, flavor of leathery cherry sweetarts, dusty books, medium sour finish