RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Bule (2271) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2016
375ml bottle pours a dark reddy brown color with a bit of head. Mild sourness with good amount of fruit. Nice balance and goes down easy.

Sarlacc83 (2301) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle - while listening to Beatsteaks Hail to the Freaks. Seemed appropriate.

A: Such dark blood red that it’s nearly black. Cappuccino head. Lacing.

N: Vinous grape, oak, leather, overripe cherry, enormous balsamic vinegar, hazelnut, prune, fig, acetone, sweet tarts. Sour mash bourbon with some caramel and vanilla.

T: Bitingly sour and bracingly sweet.

M: Huge alcohol burn, medium body drying the palate, prickly carbonation.

O: There’s a lot of flavor going on here, and that’s good. Pity there is so much damn alcohol and so much residual malt. I’m not sure why they didn’t attempt to get this closer to Rodenbach and not the obvious choice of The Dissident. Not sure if it’s better than the latter, either.

Arayaga2 (2221) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Nice brown red with malty yet sour taste and aroma. Rich, not thin. Sample at Bens. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

onceblind (10684) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2016
Deep clear Amber with a thin light tan head. Amazing aroma like boozy fruitcake and some bourbon and brown sugar, lots of oak, and some raisin. Amazing flavor with loads of raisin and bourbon, fruitcake, cherry, oak, and brown sugar. Mezmirising.

slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Dark red/brown pour w good head.
Only fault is you can tell the abv is up there. Strong wine and lesser oak/bourbon notes in the aroma and flavor, with cherries and lots of dark fruit, tannic, funky and moderately sour. Heavyish feel. Very good, but with a price to match, though not excessive for the style.
Upon reflection I can’t tell if this is bourbon or brandy do to the fruitiness of the beer. Unique take on the style for sure.

gyllenbock (9977) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar SF. Brown with a small head. Aroma of dried fruit, malt and light funk. Similar taste. A pleasant one.

SirLimpsalot (4550) - SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2016
@ Mikkeller SF: Trevlig vinös med toner av lakrits och tobak. Fin hetta i eftersmaken.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
375ml bottle from the brewery (Bend, OR). Another bottled we squirreled away to bring home. Pours a pretty deeper brownish hue, a darker body, decent haze and subtle burnt biscuit glow on the edges. Touches of reddish and copper darker glow. Cakey brownish head atop is lighter in color but sizable. Cakey and deep, a decent retention, full enough layer sticks around and laces nicely. Aromas show some spiciness and punchy lactic appeal. Big citrusy orange, lemon and tart cherries meet some toasty brown malts, biscuits and earth. Toastiness, some cobwebs and funk meet some earthiness, leather and Balsamic appeal. Dark fruit, dried raisin and cranberry meet some punchy citric lactic appeal. A lot going on, subtle toast and lots of fruit and sour punchy at times, darker presence below. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of a sharper lactic and dry appeal at times is a bit metallicn twangy with cherryskin, citrus rind bitterness and decent sour appeal. Earthy, bitter, citrus rind oils and cherryskin. The sourness is well rounded, a decent kick with dryness, that bigger citric rind and bitter skin appeal really makes it’s presence felt, cutting through that toasty and biscuity feel. A bit of spiciness, subtle fruit cake, yogurt and more citrusy orange rind oils. Backend is a bit toasty, subtle biscuit and faint caramel give a bit of body but a decent lactic twang and that punchy bitter rind and cherryskin appeal make it’s presence felt. A jab of cranberry, subtle yogurt, toasty carmelized appeal. A touch toasty, brown malts and lingering rind and bitter and tart cherryskin. This one ends up pretty fun. Nice pour, rindy citric nose and a nice sourness, earthy malt appeal. The beer itself delivers that orange appeal, earth, punchy bitter pith, cherryskin, and decent sourness without sacrificing that brown malt, earthy base. I really enjoyed this. While barrel time might up the complexity, I fear it loses that pithy bitter fruity rind element if it does. Still, fun stuff

BeerandBlues2 (13869) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy brown with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is figs, brown sugar, biscuit and bready malt, earthy hops and cranberry. Flavor is lightly acidic cranberry and figs, toast malt, light earthy hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

PartyFowle (954) - - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. Murky burgundy with a tan head like cappuccino froth. Aroma blends balsamic, sour cherry, buttery vanilla, bourbon, green apple and oak. The flavor’s far less acidic than expected, replacing sour cherry with a sharp oaky note and gentle funk, then green apple and a splash of whiskey. Body is medium; alcohol is noticeable but not hot; carbonation is very low and massaging. Could use more acidity and less funk in the flavor.

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