parktravis (10) - - JAN 1, 2014
Nicely aged for 20 months. Smooth boozy flavor. Finishes with a tart to sour note. Deep brown color. mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2012
If it’s this good now, can’t wait to drink it on the best after date! Not sure how they got the best qualities of all these different brews to shine through but someone was working magic. Sour is most prominent in nose and flavor but wonderful Belgian strong esters and dark fruits are there, too. Oak complements an already complex brew with muted whiskey notes sneaking in there. Similar in style to Oerbier Special Reserva but definitely its own unique creation. Amazing. harry13 (11) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2012
poured with very little head and a beautiful dark amber color. Meduim to full bodied with strong alcoholic aftertaste. Deliciously sour! Overall a great beer! tongatim (31) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Quite simply, the best beer I have ever tasted. I am not blessed with the ability to discern subtleties noted by others such as "very wet wood", or appearance of "fig juice" in the glass. What I appreciate, when wandering outside of a specific style, is complexity, balance and uniqueness---and this had it all. Deep fruity, alcoholic aroma. Deep rich complex tastes which took me through moments of sour Belgian to oaked red, to tawny port to well-aged whiskey, with a lingering complex pleasant aftertaste. A thick lasting head wouldn’t have made sense here, but somehow generous carbonation did. Sweet-sour balance. Sweet-bitter balance.
Have never paid anywhere close to $12 for a 12 oz. bottle like I did for this. Vowed never to do it again. But I did. Twice more. And counting. The best thing about the price is that there are still 3 bottles left in my favorite bottle shop. Sorry, got to run before they close. dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 7, 2012
What an aroma. Strong fruity notes mixes with old paint and alcohol. In a good way. A fairly cloudy orange-brown appearance. not too heady. the only real drawback to this beer. Also some strong molasses barleywine characters in the aroma. The flavor of this is excellent. Fruity and molasses with some chewiness. In a way the flavor really mimics the aroma, but without the hard alcohol taste. Great stuff, but a couple points off for the super high price.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle at Waldos Pizza. Hazy medium brown with almost no head. Caramel chocolate toffee and green apple aroma with hints of cherry and lemon. Tart sour apple caramel and chocolate tastes followed by pasted grain and lemon flavors and finishing with strong bourbon, oak, and red wine flavors. Thick smooth and bright palate. Excellent. EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours a rosy red with an itty bitty virile head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, sherry, caramel and molasses. Mmm smooth, balanced bizness flavors. Massive tannin overload when cold, but let this sucker warm up and you will be treated with a gift of heavenly proportions. Sherry, figs, caramel, vanilla, and a boat load of oaky tannins caress the tongue without destroying it. Man do those tannins smooth out. I’m going to buy a case of this and age it par the packaging recommends. I’ve imparted in the likes of properly aged Thomas Hardy, Ola Dubh and Lees Harvest Ale, and this is as good if not better than all of them. This is one of those beers you can not pass up but make sure you let it warm up. onceblind (10095) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Aged approximately 14 months, maybe, lost count. Murky opaque brownish like a fuzzy belgian dubbel, with a very thin white head. Aroma is wonderful indeed, with notes of oak, vanilla, birchwood syrup, deep boozy raisin, a bit of something juicy like candied pineapple, and deep boozy caramel malt. Flavor is bright and boozy and amazing. Lovely tones of syrupy wood mixed with vanilla and boozy red wine and whiskey notes, featuring lots of hot plum esters, caramel earthiness, a little young whiskey, and a sweet peach-y fruitiness on the end that is slightly bitter. Wow-wee what a delightful and intricate brew. chuckstout (336) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Aroma of sour cherries, sweetness, touch of bourbon, lactic, green apples
Red candy with a light, mahogany color, clear, with a ring of foam and dissipating lacing. Sweet and sour, with rich malty, toffee undertones, finishing back with some softness and a warming alcohol character, every drink seems to be a different experience all pleasurable. I’m really enjoying this! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
12oz bottle -
When a brewer sets out to make a style of beer that has such a huge range of variety, being able to make a beer that crosses multiple spectrums is truly an art. I’m not the worlds biggest Deschutes fan...but wowza. What a friggin’ beer.
Aroma is chock-full of heavy oak and bourbon, candied dark fruit, port, vanilla, dark brown sugar, some light dill or celery notes, with chocolate and red wine.....huh? Some how with all those aromas, it works. Huge, huge complexity in the flavor with a perfect amalgamation of wine, whiskey, brandy, brown sugar, and toffee. You are hit over the head with flavors and aromas multiple times and you love every second of it. A stunning beer.