brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
I approached this with trepidation, but I just had to do it. Pouts black with no head. As I feared: vinegar and acetone on the nose. Harsh alcohol, too. A bit of roast, maye some oak. Intense vinegar, almost burning. Sour cherry, more vinegar, and quite a bit of acetone. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap at Drakes Barrel House poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of port, blackberries, light roastiness, hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of port, blackberries, light roastiness and a hint of cocoa with a smooth dry lingering vinous finish. marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
On tap at the barrel house. Pours dark brown wiht a decent tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a strange cherry and chocolate flavor that is quite sour and slightly soapy. Thisis an interesting and fairly tasty brew, but is a little harsh. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On draft at the barrel house. 4 oz. sample. It pours black with a small brown head. The aroma has notes of blackberries, cocoa, and roasted malt but unfortunately, they’re covered by thick layers of acetobacter. Lots of vinegar and nail polish remover. The flavor is full bodied, medium carbonation and big blackberry flavors again covered by more VOC’s with some wood/roast in the finish. Hard to drink. Not great. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2011
A - The beer was served a rich dark black color with a bit of brown mixed in and a thin finger of chocolate colored head with a purple hue. The head faded down to a ring leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a really great mix of deep roasted chocolate malts and tart blackberries. There are also some great bourbon elements including oak and vanilla as well.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet roasted chocolate malts and sour/tart blackberries. Through the middle, the bourbon comes through with some nice vanilla and oak flavor. The finish is a really nice balance of roasted malts, bourbon, and sour blackberries that linger.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Felt quite smooth with a nice mix of warming and sourness.
D - Very drinkable. The balance here between the bourbon elements, the chocolate malts, and the blackberry flavor here was spot on and made for a fantastic beer.