nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750ml bottle at a tasting. Cloudy reddish brown color with a one finger off-white head. Smoky wild aroma with some oxidation. Not great. Oxidated flavor, rather weak, with wild yeast and some fruits. Not a fan. Medium-bodied with high carbonation and a watery feel. Not a fan. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of grass, cranberry, oak, and earth. Flavor of cranberries, earth, vinous, and lactic with a dry wood finish. deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Big thanks to whoever shared this with me at Sean’s. Poured a deep amber brown with a grayish brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of tart cranberries with a slight bandaid note. Flavor was similar but the bandaid was more prevalent and messed with the raspberry tartness. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
A: Popped the cork on this one and it filled a couple glasses with foam while continuing to foam up while sitting on the table. The pour is a dark mahogany color with a big tannish head.
S: The nose is highly tannic with plenty of cranberries and oak. There is a slight sweetness, candi sugar and some darker malts, to this one along with a nice lactic bite.
T: A definite cola-like character to this one. Mildly sweet with sour cherries, cranberries, and perhaps a bit of miscellaneous dark fruit. Lots of tannins and wood, some mild vanilla note from the barrel.
M: The body is fairly full for a sour ale, with a very high level of carbonation, as exhibited by the gushing.
D: Not quite as good as some of the other "dark sours" out there, but still really nice. Cranberries really do give beers a very tannic and dry feel, which is definitely a polarizing characteristic. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a ruddy, reddish, caramel-brown color with a small, foamy, khaki colored head. After each sip, a sudsy wash mostly rejoins the body. The aroma shows notes of soured, indiscernible, fermenting dark fruits (certainly not just cranberry....more of a muddled mix), moldy wood, sweet grain maltiness, and an unfortunate blast of bandaids and plastic. Flavors are very musty and woody, overly so for my liking as it has taken over the fruit and altered it to the point where you can’t even tell what it is. It’s less plasticy and chemical than the nose indicates, which is good, but there’s still something off, probably the aforementioned overzealous bugs. The palate is very dry, tart, and dusty, to the point where it itches the back of the throat and leaves you looking around for a glass of water. Eh, this isn’t very well executed. Pretty poor offering.
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle (dregs)… Murky brown ale with a fragile, fat-bubbled head. The aroma is fruity and lactic with notes of holiday spices and rubber band. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The mostly tart flavor provides shades of caramel and decent bitterness. Tangy finish. The idea is there, but this one’s all over the place... doesn’t entirely come together. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
2009. 750mL Bottle. Flickr(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
Opens with a loud cracker and begins gushing a very sticky and supremely lacy pale caramel-colored head. Into the decanter. Aroma gives the faintest hint of that puckery, clean white Cranberry flesh, super-fresh with maybe an afterflow of sytrofoam. Flavors spread out on such high carbonation, with the palate grasping randomly. Cooked cranberry skin bitterness here, darker malt there, lactic sourness and maybe some barrel oak over there. The intense overcarbonation aside, this beer is a decent representation of sour ale and cranberries in my book, with a few noticeable flaws. It’s got good cranberry flavor and a nice level of sourness, but a nip of harsh styrofoam-like character bleeds through now and again and there’s a rather strong, biting bitterness in the finish (potentially from cranberry skin) that unbalances the beer a little.
Bottle from my buddy Matt. Deep brown pour with a reddish hue, big time gusher with a monsterous off white head. Nose held tart cranberry and an underlying funk, hints of infection. The funk held a weird metallic kind of feel to it, couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was though. Was looking forward to this one.....oh well.