ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bottled 11/22/2009...#80/156...thanks JohnGalt1!!! - Pours dk and clear brown with a tiny ring of beige head...aroma is chemically cherry, lt roast and some cocoa...flavour is similar, although incredibly thin, sour, old fruit, cocoa, lightly sour finish...this one was a bit of a disappointment... juiceisloose (1496) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bomber from the brewery during the Anniversary party. This one pours a really dark crimson red color topped by a small, beige colored head of foam. The aroma shows plenty of tart, vinous cherries, carbernet grapes, some dark cocoa, roast and hints of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor follows and is focused around the tart, juicy cherries and vinous grapes followed by some roasted cocoa, vanilla, and earthy wood. The barrel adds just the right amount of acetic character to balance out the roast. Medium bodied, slightly dry with balanced carbonation that leads to a crisp, tart cherry finish. I really like the sourness in this one. Probably my favorite of the bottled stuff thus far from Jackie O’s. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle shared by JCB. Cheers, Jason. I really dug this beer. Pours dark brown with decent beige head. Nose is big-time cherries. Nice and real and not too sweet or cloying. Dark roasted malts here, but the cherry is still there, and still tart. Somewhere in the land of sour porter/oud bruin. Good mouthfeel; slightly chalky. Loved it. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours reddish black with small head. Aroma and flavor very Flemish In nature. Smells like chocolate covered dark cherry funk with light herbal qualities. Flavor of sour cherries, cabarnet, vinegar, must, and light chocolate. Flavor is very similar to a Flemish or lambic as well. Quite interesting Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Malty body with chocolate and caramel malt tones. A modest warming with a large sweet cherry tone and some light oak. A mild tartness with a vinous and oak warming. Nice.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2010
Thanks to Brad at Jackie O’s and Schroppfy for sharing the growler!TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Light sepia, thin cream head. Nose is a harmonious blend wine-rounded porter (mainly wood and light chocolate). Flavor is sweeter thanks to the heavy cherry presence and lack of roast bitterness, still lightly tart but with more chocolate malt, particularly in the fudge finish. Very chewy body. This worked really well as one beer, I think the wine barrel edged the roast off a bit, and several people agreed that this reminded them of KRE. I’d agree, certainly that it is more a dessert beer, less complex, and yet less harsh than Captain Lawrence’s SFTO Wine.
This was really nice. Big, sweet (in red candy sort of way) and tart cherry with some nice roastiness from the porter. I love this pairing, and the couple beers I have had like this always seem to like me. Thanks for sharing Jason. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bomber from StFun - thanks, Josh!!! Very quirky and distinctive beer here. Nice deep brown pour, with some crisp carbonation. Crazy cherry in the nose, full bodied and ripe. Soft toasted malts are in there, no doubt, but the nose gives the sense that this is halfway to an oud bruin or some brett-spiked porter (the latter quality perhaps coming from the cab barrel). Smooth but not overly slick mouthfeel, the hints of dark fruit and tartness suggest a nice Baltic porter too - I’m calling it a Baltic oud bruin. Nice! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: tart cherry aroma backed by sweet chocolate
Flavor: tart cherry flavor, dry dark chocolate, just a hint of fruity sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
22oz bottle courtesy of Juiceisloose at RBWG. Pour is very dark brown. Nose has some lactic cherry notes with nice roasty and chocolate aromas. Flavor hits up front with a bit of lactic sour cherry tartness. Chewy roasted malts in the middle with low bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. The bacteria adds alot to this. Great beer but I wish I had some to sit on, as I think this will be much better in a year. Its not quite 100% meshed yet but the potential is definitely there. Well made beer.