sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head. Some roasted notes, cherries in the nose. Flavor, cherry, some oak, chocolate and roast, some tartness on the finish. Pretty good.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish pour with a small foamy head.. Aroma is full of cherries,wood, wine grapes and a slight tartness. Flavor is cherries, wine, oak and a nice tart finish. Nice.
wetherel (1873) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at paytoplayís house. Bottle brought by hophead84. Thanks Shane! Wow great aroma. Lots of cherry. Lightly sweet. Thick body. Light tartness. Excellent.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #104 of 384.
3.5 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Two fingers of light brown head that fizzes away a bit faster than Iíd like and doesnít do much in terms of lacing.
4.0 S: The cherry isnít as intense as I remember at the release. I guess that happens with time, but I didnít think it would happen so soon. That isnít to say there isnít any cherry and what is there works well with the cabernet barrel to off a delightful vinous character. Overall, this is quite fruity from the actual fruit, the barrel, and the lactic tanginess. Iím picking up berries and in particular raspberries. Good balance between sweet and tart. Lightly funky and moderately tart/sour. Vanilla, oak, toasted malts, a touch of chocolate and maybe a hint of tannic astringency. Finally, this is teeming with that JOís house character.
4.0 T: Oak and vanilla are among the strongest flavors this time. Cherry again is a little lighter than I would prefer, though still tasty. The cabernet barrel again works wonderful in the taste as well. Vinous grape, cherry, and raspberry form a triumvirate of fruitiness. This wild ale is surprisingly tame on the acid front. Acetic acid is nowhere to be found, while lactic acid comes off as more fruity than anything. Again, a light funk. The porter comes through more in the taste. Toastiness with a considerable chocolate component.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth. A light creaminess, but I would prefer some more.
4.5 D: Another solid offering. I considered giving 4.5ís to some other scores, so I figured this is a good place to split the difference. Very flavorful and easy to drink.
Some day Iíll post my on-tap review from the release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 00:59:14
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of markwise. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of overripe cherries, red wine, light vinegar notes, hints of chocolate and toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with some sour overripe cherries, tart red wine, hints of chocolate, light floral esters. Medium body with a pleasing malty and tart finish.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head.
S-notes of wood, sweet cherries, very juicy red wines aromas, light dark malts, hints of chocolate, light creaminess, hint of medicinal and some lactic notes.
T-lots of dark sweet cherries, juicy red zinfendale, light tartness, notes of wood, milk chocolate and malt starts to come in with creamy vanilla, lactic acid, with a touch of medicinal.
M-medium creamy body, very smooth and soft with a nicely carbonated finish.
D-nice balance and very interesting. dark cherries and balanced make it like a chocolate covered cherry with a nice balance. very enjoyable, one of the best beers Iíve had from Jackie Oís.
zathrus13 (1773) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 26/156. Thanks, George. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is cherries, funk, and red wine. Flavor is cherries, red wine, and a little wood. Low carbonation and rather subtle flavors.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep red. Nose is huge cherry and vinous characteristics. Flavor is sour and sweet cherries, unripe fruit, red wine, hints of vinegar, nice subtle wood flavors. Very dry finish. Awesome beer!
MeadMe (1642) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another rare growler from markwise.
A: pours an amberish shade of brown with a rather small off white head. No retention or lace.
S: Nice sweet cherry juice with hints of tartness. Light roasted chocolate malt and oak.
T: Sweet and tart cherries. Some sweet juice and some under cherries as well. Notes of red wine,vinegar, roasted malt and light oak.
M: Medium in body light on the carbonation.
D: Damn good beer.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle; pours clear, dark brown with trace white head; smells really nice cherry cookies; dry malt and vanilla; stale, spoiled cherries and red wine; smells better than it tastes, but thatís about the only good thing about this one; ugh