JohnGalt1 (1708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Syrah French Oak barrel aged version of the regular Snarling Badger... On tap at Bittercreek’s Grand Teton 25th Anniversary throwdown.
hazed light orange with a decent white head and okay lacing.
The nose is a bit vinous with the more traditional lactic Berliner character shining through.. Pear esters and minor clovey phenols are way too high surprisingly.
Flavor is a bit better than the aroma... decent lactic qualities and lesser lemon notes.. the barrel is stronger but IMO magnifies tart apple and underripe pear esters... the only yeasty phenol notes I get might be white peppercorns, but that could easily be in my imagination. The barrel presence really grows with warmth.. definite red wine barrel qualities add complexities but still doesn’t get the job done.
The body is entirely too thick for anything resembling a Berliner, but I get what GT was going after.. This brew would be given a pass with a much longer fermentation and a drier body.
I dig it.. but it fails in the ABV and body... too much of a good thing does not always equal a better product.
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, some slight lemon peel into a bit of vanilla, slight oak. Taste was bready, yeasty some slight funky and oaky tones with a hint of lemon, finishing slightly tart. Eh.
BuckeyeBoy (6545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at bitter creek grand teton night. Pours out a crisp gold topped with a long lasting white head. Aroma of banana clove spice bread and belg yeast. Taste is as the aroma more belg trip than Berliner. Lots of spice banana and belg yeast still quite tasty but not to style.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Fobab 10. Not sure whey people feel the need to brew "big Berliner Weisse." It’s a waste. Pours a paler gold. Anyway, nose is super vegetal, light cabbage and lactic notes. On tasting, it is just a bit better. Moderate acidity, not over the top. Some lactic acid and a sweetness, lightly alcohol derived. The barrel throws vanilla into the mix as well. Kind of all over the place.
valpoaj (740) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled FOBAB ’12 - between the name and my affinity for berliners, I had to give this one a try. Pours a reddish gold with an intense and active white head. Aroma is sharp and biting - tart, yeasty, bread, hint of banana. Flavor is quite good - the dryness one would expect from a berliner is evident, but there is a good level of sweetness along with the tartness...a melange of flavors going on here...oakiness on the back end. A bit sharp up front on the palate, it mellows out nicely over time. Never had the base beer, but this one was pretty good - I’d order one if I ever run into it again!
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer golden hue, healthy haze, with bubbly cakey whitish head atop. Laces ok. Aromas are a bit tart, lactic lemons, yogurt, and sourness. Gentle melon, tropical fruit, some bread, dough. Initial is mellow fruit, tropical and melon, richer citrus, some dry tart elements. Some oak, gentle bread. Tartness, mellow lactic acid, lemon, and oak. Gentle tannic qualities, mellow sweet bread, dough, straw. A bit underwhelming overall but has some decent sourness, nice oak character. An improvement over the regular Snarling though by a decent chunk.