zvsn (1803) - ISRAEL - JAN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Dark brown with a creamy head. Aroma - roasted malts, dark fruits, wood, some funky notes . Taste - sweet-sour, caramel, pomegranate, dried fruits, bourbon, wood. Interesting, though a bit messy.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle (although once again labeled as a 22 oz.) poured into snifter. Pours opaque deep brown with a tinge of ruby coloring and a thin wisp of creamy tan head that quickly subsides. Aroma is sour plums and cherries with notes of wood and leather. Tart flavor up front that transitions nicely into the woody elements and a soy sauce finish. While there’s certainly a lot going on here in the flavor department, neither the sourness or the alcohol is overpowering. Another win from He’Brew.
WheatKing (1329) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JAN 19, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from the holiday pack. Pours Very Dark Brown, not much head. Nose is lemon, sweet doppelbockesque malt (why isn’t there a red squiggly line under that?), toffee, grapefruit, sourness. Flavour is very sweet and very sour, leathery, palate is heavy, this was pretty disgusting to me. It may be getting more sour as it ages. The heaviness sweetness and sourness do not blend well.
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hebrew 2013 Super Jewbulation Holiday package. Pours thick and turbid dark blackish with almost no khaki head Nose is very tart and lactic, with notes of cherry, berry, and oaty lactose. Tastes much sweeter than every tart or oud bruin I have ever had, and too sweet to be considered a strong ale. I don’t do this much, but I;m summarily Sommeliering thia into the sour red category, albeit on the sweet side. It works for me in that regard, and has welll hidden alcohol, with a sweet tart fruit presence.
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a small mocha colored head and minimal lacing. Funky is definitely the perfect adjective to describe this one. The aroma is sour apple/cherry from the brettanomyces and oak from the barrels. Taste is very tart and sour with subtle hints of sherry and bourbon. I hadn’t looked at any reviews prior to tasting this and was surprised at just how strong the sourness is. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Interesting.
Sledutah (7239) - Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle picked up at Bevmo in Fairfield
Pours dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing. Aroma is sour up front then bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Flavors are roasted malts, whiskey, wood, vanilla, chocolate and molasses
Very nice and tasty. I sipped on this all night, I didn’t want it to end.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky, bizarre,weird, fantastic,
complex, awful, disgusting you decide? Great great nose of sour lemon and cherry with nice sour barrel aroma. A big very dark sour. Tastes a little wild. I like it.
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle into a Samuel Adams glass; served cool.
Aroma: Moderately sour. Mild chocolate. Definitely funky.
Appearance: Opaque dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Not great lacing.
Taste: Pretty sour stuff. Tart and sour. That’s all I’m getting. It’s good, just super super sour.
Palate: Medium-full body, low carbonation. Long, sour finish.
Overall: Pretty nice. I wasn’t expecting it to be this sour, but it was a nice surprise. Good stuff.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle with a 22 oz label. Dark brown with a few flecks of froth. Nose is full on bretty funk verging on red wine vinegar. Juicy medium body with a tang. Taste is pomegranate, molasses, sherry, bourbon, grapes and wood. The sourness knits it all together but still too much to jive.
bluejacket74 (1945) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/18/2013. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints, and about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart dark fruit (cherries), vinegar, whiskey, wood, lemon peel and some blackberries. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some raisins, caramel, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. I think the tart fruitiness is dominant, but the whiskey flavor is noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I wasn’t expecting the tartness so it was a nice surprise. Definitely worth a try. $10.99 a bottle.