JStax (6893) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2011
Had on tap into a sampler glass. Appearance is a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is heavy on brett, taste is initially sour and then moves to a cola-esque finish with a touch of bourbon in the finish. I wouldn’t want a pint of this, but it is definitely a nice one to sample. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 a dark brown, a little muddy, a light tan ring... the aroma is tons of brett and oak with a little bourbon on the finish... the taste is very oaky, I was hoping this would have settled down by now but not yet, lots of brett and come interesting caramel notes... ok Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle shared by MikeTD. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. A fruity and caramel aromatic character. Softened by leather and brett undertones. Light bourbon and vanilla sweetness. The finish is soft and fruity with nights of wood, a hint vinous or bourbon, vanilla, minerals, and a hint of oak. Solid. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
This poured a murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was very funky and bretty which was a surprise as i didn’t originally know this was soured. Also had the unerlying toffee and sweetness of an old ale. Flavor was thick chewy sweet malts, light smoke, some dark fruits all comingled with funky bretty sourness. Interesting stuff. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Had on tap at the release party
A-pours a slightly murky brown with a thinner caramel colored head.
S-the nose comes forward with notes of brett with a fair bit of plum and cherry sweetness. it has a decent sweet fruity malt presence with a lively citric brett aroma behind.
T-the flavor has more dark malts to it, notes ofo chocolate malt with sugary sweetness behind. the brett is lighter than the nose and there is a hint of cooking spice to it in the back, not spicey spice.
M-medium body and a little grainy on the palate with a nice carbonation, prickly strong finish.
D-interesting beer with nice brett flavors and a strong malt base. the characteristics don’t exactly blend well and seem to work somewhat alone but this is easy to drink and pretty taty.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
bottle, shared by kan. Pours a murky amber with tan head. aroma of caramel, dates, and brett. flavors have dates, dirt, toffee, souring Brett, with a raising finish. Dry and quite tasty. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
On tap at 2/5 release. Nut brown with half coating coffee head. Brett combines with base to create spice (Chinese?), faint citrus and egg, some ethanol with warmth. Only marginally integrated, contrast still present, bit of heat. Flavor less dominated by brett, some pumpernickel, not quite spice/pepper of rye. Heat comes through with warmth, bit of offensive oak through finish. Meh. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
black with large white head. nose of vanilla and a touch of funk. little bitterness before some chocolate malt prior to some tangy acidity with some vanilla. little alcoholic presence, overall there are a lot of contrasting flavors, though they all come through without much muddling. An interesting recipe and a well crafted brew, the first of the jackie o’s that I have had, I hope to experience more hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle… Hazy, dark brown ale with burnt orange highlights and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. The nose is funky, acidic and very malty with undercurrents of fruity pinot noir and dark berry-centric cabernet. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The flavor offers gentle caramel and black cherry sweetness, medium tartness and heavy tannin and alcohol bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with kisses of caramel and toffee. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian! Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Draft at on the pub side. Another great beer in their lineup of barrel aged beauties. Funky, musty with dark fruits like raisins and a tad tart. Brownish in color with aromas much like the flavors. Darn good.