gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle (clear bottle) courtesy of Seabass. Pours a hazy yellow orange. Nose is funky lactic acid, tart fruits, oak and bourbon. Flavor is surprisingly nice. I didn’t think the sour and bourbon would work, but it does. Not much whiskey in the flavor, more lactic tartness and barnyard funk. Very nice. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Shared by Steve at the 2008 Kuhnhenn winter solstice. Thanks again man. Aroma has notes of citrus, whiskey, sweet and sour fruits. Medium amber orange hue with no head. Flavor is sour and tart with strong whiskey tones. palate is cloying, tart and medium bodied. Interesting but a bit off on the sourness. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Draft at EBF. For so many barrel aged beers,what i feel to be my favorite thing to do with a beer. This was a stand out. Flavor is sweet pear and apples with a nice whiskey background but like a cheep bar drink. Very drinkable with an easy finish. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Tasted blind. Clear 750mL Bottle. Acetone and banana, caulking glue. This smells toxic. Pours a hazy gold, with a rim of white. Aroma, a bit of sickly Jim Beam. Weird and confusing. Flavor is acetone, apple cider and jesus. This is terrifying. Tart and dry, but terrifying. Rodenbach Grand Cru on drugs. There’s some weird base to this. After you get over the acetone, there’s some interesting tart dryness. Then some apple skins and some sweet apricots. Too much freakin’ acetone. Then it may be okay. Weird and crazy. Not particularly complex and enjoyable. Drys out quickly on the palate. Past the acetone, it’s unique and fruity. Not particularly interesting or well done, but exciting to try a Michigan lambic. Note: I’m not sure this rating belongs here. The bottle owner told me that this was a special "Lambic-style" rendition of Whiskey Richard. However with so much ambiguity and the unlikelihood that enough other people are going to rate the limited release bottles, I’ll leave it here. Thanks much Steve! Tmoney99 (14968) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2008
MBG Winter Fest 2008. Poured hazy copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy fruit, whiskey and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to moderate duration.
Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Draft snifter, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, the only drink to have as we were driving a long way home. I haven’t been back in Dark Horse since the Summer of 2005, and it is a place I miss a lot -- my former local. Aroma is of a strange Belgian yeastiness, funky and sour (not sure exactly in what way, perhaps lactic from a barrel?). Flat. Whiskey notes, but not as strong as I might fear. The taste was just not a standout; a funky lemon, a bit of nuttiness and sourness, and whiskey. Had to try it, but in hindsight a Double Crooked Tree might have been a nicer drink (well, I had some sips of my wife’s...) bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2008
(Draught) Pours a hazy golden body with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, herbs, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of orange/grapefruit peel, apple, caramel malt, and oak in the finish. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 sample at MCBWF...waited a long time for Dick to pour but it was worth it...poured semi-transparent orange brown with small soapy head that diminished quickly....aromas of a bourbon barrel whiskey nose, sweet vanilla, and caramel.....flavores of apple and some sour/tart notes. a nice barrel age presence in the profile but a little short on flavor overall.....another highlight from the festival. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2008 MGB Winter Fest: Muddled brown hue with reddish and golden highlights, small frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of caramel covered cherry, light handed funk, oak, vanilla bean, and some herbal esters. The taste is fruity and woody with sweet grains as a base. A hint of whiskey and spice upon the finish. A layer of funk, yeast and sourness throughout the flavor profile. The mouth feel is sharp and aggressive with a tannic dry finish. A neato brew but more a Flemish Sour Ale than a Berliner Weisse for sure. Worth the wait till 3 PM for the un-tapping. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Had this at the MWBF08. Pours a deep golden color. Whiskey soaked pear and funk on the nose. Taste is sour upfront backed with more fruit, with whiskey in the background. Came together very nice, odd and intriguing. Plenty sour for me. Good stuff.