Epic Brainless on Cherries (Batch 1 - 4, White Wine Barrel)

RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
Note: only batches 1-4 were in the white wine barrels, all others need to be rated under the red wine barrel entry. We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks for a secondary fermentation in the barrels. Pours a beautiful deep ruby color with a medium white head. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, and barrel aging.

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JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Release No. 2 – 10.1% light red/amber color with a quickly diminishing, fizzy, off-white head. Small lid of snappy bubbles keep cascading. Aromas of tart cherries, currants, sharp CO2 scent, and light oak and hint of floral spice. Light sweet start. Light and crisp. Some sparkling mead qualities. Mild oak in the finish and linger. 6/11

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Where and how: b. 650 ml
Aroma: medium intense but with mild swing, cherry paired with vanilla side to it. Dry finish. Felt tad muted.
Appearance :
Top: short lived lighter top.
Base: murky, hazy pink ruby
Palate : medium bodied, average carbonation.
Taste: fairly tart with dry sides and finish. Fruity- cherry notes as expected. Time brings heat to plate.
other notes not bad.

djd07 (16298) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with small pinkish head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is cherry skin and wood. Thin mouth, light tart cherry, vinous, lingering dryness, good.

Itzjerm (3175) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Hot on alchol. Sweet and not much barrel. Not what I had hope yeast comes through a bit but not impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22oz bottle - Aroma - fruit forward aroma, mostly cherries, there is some light bubblegum and alcohol too. Appearance - hazy blood orange body, 3-finger head with above average retention, light lacing Mouthfeel - light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp Flavor - cherry flavor up front, some Belgian spicy notes, straw flavors and noticeable alcohol. Some wood notes come out about 1/2 way through. Overall - Not bad, esp. if you enjoy cherries. A bit overpriced for the product in the bottle. Good to share or take to a tasting.

Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours cloudy maroon with almost no head. The nose is malt, cherries and booze. The taste is pretty much the same. Medium prickly mouthfeel. 3.4

alexsdad06 (11224) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light reddish amber color with a small fizzy pink head. The aroma and flavor have a big cherry juice note, sweet, mild Chardonnay character with some wood. I really wanted to like this, but it came off more like a juice than it did beer. No sign of the abv.

burgy (460) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
God awful batch 3. Infected? Sure, wait this may taste better if it was. Drain poured most of 22. I remember why I don’t drink Epic....

jgb9348 (6586) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
Rating #3900 Solid pink coloured body with a very bright ruby tint and a super fast-dying off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, wine, must, basement, yeast, raspberries and cherries for sure. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a lot of alcohol flavours at first, pungent wine tastes, oak, bourbon, hay, grass and a belgian-yeast strain. Aftertaste is strong with alcohol coming through the most, some cherry and fruit notes and a bit of earth on the finish - relatively complex. Overall, a strong and pungent beer, but it doesn’t quite work too well. I was expecting an aged sour beer, but this one turned out to be a high-alcohol and gravity fruit beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 09-October-2011 for US$10.99 sampled at home in Washington after aging for ~1.5 years on 09-April-2013. Release #4; 10.3% Alc/Vol

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
In short: A sweet lifeless red beer that tastes like a ‘fake’ flavored drink.
How: Bottle 22oz, batch 1, some age on it. An atrocity left at my house by douglass88, I hate you Doug.
The look: A bit of a gusher. Pale red body topped by a big fizzy pink head that dissipates quickly with a “pshhh” sound.
In long: The discreet nose is sweet cherry pastry, light sweaty/cheesy notes and most of all a fake Cool-Aid sensation. Taste is super-sweet, fake sweet cherry juice, cinnamon, coriander. Extremely astringent finish that feels very awkward. I didn’t taste any white wine barrels although there was something woody about the astringent finish. Lifeless body. Tastes like a spicy under-carbonated cherry flavored soda-pop. Pretty gross, couldn’t drink more than half a glass then drained-poured the rest of the bomber. Pretty excited I’ve made it through so far in my life without ever drinking Epic Brainless on Cherries twice.

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