koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a light black with heavy brown influences coming through and a thinner light tan head that offers a couple wispy legs of lace as it recedes. The aroma is something else. There is a strong cherry up front. It’s a combination of sweet and sour cherries. I like it. There is a decent funkiness that’s going on behind them. I’ve heard people refer that this smells like a sour brown, and they’re kind of right. There is a wet oak present, and some light cocoa and roast. It is not quite as good as a sour stout, but it’s somewhere in the middle. The flavor is a bit different. There is a nice tartness up front, followed up by a pretty hefty roasty chocolate malt. There is a little barrel in it, but for the most part, the Cabernet seems to vanish. This is pretty welcome with some of the wine-barreled beers I’ve had. The mouth feel is decently thick with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly boozy cherry finish. The alcohol does poke through on the back end. This thing is pretty good for a beer I’ve never even heard of. chinchill (5224) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Large shared bottle poured red-brown. Quite dark with a bubbly weak head.
The aroma has a nice cherry note but the cherry component is much diminished in tasting. Light-moderate tartness with a light bitterness in the finish. Slightly boozy. rondphoto (4489) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2014
thanks for trade with Tmoney99 --- Cloudy dark ruby with no head, no lace. Looks like wine. Taste is tart cherry wine with some wood and leather (like the bottle says). No change through the palate and finish. 2012 bottle, so it has aged a bit. Interesting, but you’ll have to prove to me that it is a beer and not a dry wine. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Light cherry and tart fruit aromas, some roasted tones. Nice tart cherry, other funky tones, sour and tartness. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour aroma with hints of cherry. Fruity malty sour cherry flavor. Has a fruity malty sour spicy cherry finish.
ineedbeer (2228) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
2011 Vintage bottle 360/384.
Aroma has medium chocolate, dark caramel and toffee with faint roast. Light acidity with moderate cherry, berry and cassis. Light alcohol spice.
Pours brown with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges and disappears. Light lacing and a sheet of alcohol.
Flavor has a moderate cherry character with quite a bit of berry and cassis. Some light oak notes with medium chocolate, dark caramel and toasted bread notes. Light alcohol spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty nice beer that has held up really well. A high alcohol version of a flemish style red with a bit more cherry character. A nice beer. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Autographed by Johnathan.
A -pours almost opaque black brown with very little light tan head. S - well it smells like a sour brown. aromas of sour cherries, cherry lozenges, wet musty oak, nice cab notes, tobacco, leather, tart red berries, chalky chocolate. subtle and fairly complex aromas. nice. M - lacto tartness right up front. Some lemon tartness as well. medium light body wih no real carb. thinner palate and dry end. T - The tastes don’t quite meat up with the nose. basalmic vinegar, tobacco-y leather red berry cab, musty wet oak, tart red berries and lemon juice. very light almost buttery notes as well. The porter is almost non resistant. very quiet dark malts, chocolate and coal. vegetal malts. O - nice dark sour olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with zero head cherry and oak aroma. Sour cherry red wine and wood taste. VsXsV (4528) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of cherries, almonds, wood, chocolate, pumpernickel, bread and apple skin. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of lemons, apples, cherries, almonds and wood. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle Hugh thanks to Jstax..2012 Vintage bottle#131/312...Pour is dark black with a small tan head..Nose is cherry pie, chocolate, funk, spice, dry, Grape skin..Taste is nice chocoalte, roast, spice, cherry, funk, grape skin, earth..