XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle share. Pours a hazy light brown. Aroma of funky yeast, citrus, fig, date. Taste is sweet and tart. High carbonation, long dry finish. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a dark mahogany color with no head. The aroma is mildly sour with berries, some caramel and maple syrup. The flavor is over the top with raisin bread, maple syrup and alcohol. Like a rum fruitcake. Mildly acidic in the finish, but not sour at all. A little weird and harsh, but I give them credit for making something unique. I never had a beer that tasted exactly like fruitcake before. bytemesis (9327) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear deep purple ruby, small creamy beige head, dissipates fairly slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is light, notes of cherry, oak, whiskey, dark sugars. Flavor is light sweet and quite light tart, a bit of funk and some cardboard. Minimal bitterness, some astringency. Fruity, a bit of cinnamon perhaps. Not a lot going on here, unfortunately. Medium body, fairly strong alcohol burn on the finish. cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ home, bro bro bronus of a chill trader. Thanks ! Pours an orangish maroon appearance with a thin off white head. A bit dusty, oaky / whiskey, dark berry aroma. Vanilla and herbal notes. Goopy / caramel / toffee taste with fig and date notes. A bit of berries. Pretty woody, light whiskey. Finishes pretty smooth. Not my favorite but not a bad effort. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Catching up from a few days ago. Bottle at Chuck’s -- thanks, Tom! Kind of a weird name to pronounce -- annunciate well, or you’ll disappoint those hoping for "free cake." Clear flattish, light brown. Aroma: dark fruit; candy, syrup. Taste: sweet, some alcohol, sweetened toast in the finish. Raisins, brown sugar, alcohol. Full body, syrupy texture. Don’t really pick up on anything tart in this, though the others did. I’d definitely call this more of a Belgian dark strong.
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014 Bottle shared by Tom at Chuck’s. Pricey stuff, but these guys have the coolest label on the block. Big fruitcake aroma, not all that much sourness to it, strong bourbon vanilla nose without strong booze, which is really nice. This one smells really tasty. And in mostly lives up to the promise. Gently sweet albeit drier than expected given the fruitcake aroma, again not particularly sour, little balsamic, dried fruit, a bit of spice. No heat on the tongue. Yum! beastiefan2k (4116) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Shared by Tom at Chuck’s. Color is very dark ruby brown. Aroma is very good and weird. First smells of sour then very woodsy and something very strange... Like maybe fennel or something like that maybe curry. Flavor has a strong cherry lactic character. Don’t take my word for it. Strong sour bounded by the strength. Earthy and woodsy. Strong, a little too strong. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle:   Deep caramel, burnt orange hues, thin to moderate khaki head, little lacing.   Zesty nose, slight alcohol, powdery sugar sweetness, a little dark pitted fruit.   Doesn’t seem as sour as others, fruitier.   Tart up front, but not too sour.   Zesty, but not a lot of depth.   Not as sour/tart or dry, and no real vinegar notes to this one.   Does have a powdery sweetness to it.   Alcohol and barrel aging are noticeable.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Falls off quickly, just where’d expect it to be sour and dry.   A lighter, sweeter example.   Tiz okay, but the price tag kept me from thinking twice about buying this one.   Glad to have had someone else flip the cost on this. sitzds (318) - - JAN 23, 2014
375ml bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into tulip. Beer is clear dark amber with a tall khaki head that quickly collapses to nothing. Aroma is citrus, oak, spice, dried fruit, and brett funk. Taste is tart/sweet citrus and dried fruit, woody/nutty bitterness, and just a touch of bourbon heat. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long drying, warming finish. GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Ruby brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is candied citrus peel, currants, cinnamon, cranberries, brown sugar, chocolate, cherry. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet and rich on the palate with a touch of candy tartness in the background. Taste is chocolate, sweet cherries, candied orange peel, bourbon, sticky toffee pudding, candied pecans. Delicious, really is like a fruit cake.