IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Draft at Great Divide RateBeer party at GABF 2009. Nose of oak, dark fruits, and vanilla. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly funky and slightly tart with hints of vanilla/ Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
On draft at the brewery during GABF week 2009. The brewer, Brian, mentioned that this had been aged in Stranahans barrels for about 9 months. Oaky, sour, mildly sweet aroma, some cherry, vanilla, wood, dark malt sweetness, whiskey, very faint smoke and alcohol. Deep brown in color, head is fine and lasting. Flavor is sweetly malty, mildly bitter, tart and oaky, the malts darkly roasty, bittersweet, with further barrel aspects (wood, vanilla, faint char), mildly peppery alcohol, some gentle acidity and mild to moderate bitterness on the finish. Loses nothing as it warms towards room temperature. Smooth, thin palate, body is medium-full. Really nice; seems like it shouldn’t work, but it does, beautifully. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
On tap at the brewery during GABF 2009. Pours a clear amber color with reddish highlights and white head. Aroma is strong whiskey with notes of malt, whiskey, chocolate, grain, some earthiness. Flavor is sour whiskey with notes of ripe dark fruit, light vanilla and wood notes, some hints of chocolate and smoke. Medium body with a boozy finish. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2009
one of those noble experiments. but they really lost something from the barrel aged when they tarted this sucker up. the aroma is pleasant and inviting, the fruit notes and the booze mix in a fun way with the sweet caramel and vanilla notes and there is a peanut butter scent that comes out. but the flavor is a let down. the acidic tartness just does not meld well to me with the toffee, chocolate, vanilla, or fruit. the oak dominates a bit much and covers what i like in the ba version. but i hope they keep trying new stuff.
3 9 5 2 11 BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Draught at Great Divide. Pours dark brown with an average, rocky light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, cereal, nutty), light hop (grass), average yeast (sweat, leather) with notes of light alcohol, plum, wine, cherry, wood, and sour milk. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and sourness. Tart fruit skin flavor.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2009
tap at brewery.deep black pour with thin tan head. bourbon, old woody aroma with dark fruits. full mouth.tart sourness. old oaky flavor craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
on tap at the Great Divide tap room on 9/26/09... pours black with a white head... sour cherry on the nose... medium body with sour notes up front and on the back... sour grapes as well... nice. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - OCT 3, 2009
On tap @ Great Divide. Pours a murky brown/red. Nose is hints of whiskey, sweet malt, some lactic sourness, funk, roasted grain. Flavor is a decent tartness, acidic, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, whiskey and dry lingering wood. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(Draught) Pours a black body with burgundy edges and a small beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, peat, cherry, earth, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. Flavor of sour fruit, peat, caramel, grass, and roasted malt with some oak in the finish. DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2009
On-Tap @ Great Divide Taproom poured into Plastic cup.
Pours a clear dark brown and very light around the edges with a light, fizzy off-white head that was quick to dissolve leaving no lacing. The aroma was sour fruit, peat and vanilla. The flavor was sour fruit forward with more hints of peat and some dry grass. Its light bodied and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Very tasty stuff, although I would have preferred the sour to be a little lighter to allow more of the vanilla and "wee heavy" characters to come through.