Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bomber, 2011 vintage, #171/204. Poured deep brown with a very nice cap of smoked beige head.. looked great in the glass. The aroma picked up sour oak, vinous notes, and dark fruit joined by a little smoked peat and aged caramel.. as it warmed up, red wine and fruity, funky Brett stood out.. I loved the nose here. The flavor was remarkably good as well.. opened tart with mixed fruit, red vinous notes, and apple skins.. toasted caramel, chocolate, and peaty malts supported.. more tangy vinous notes, apple skins, and coconut around.. finished with dry, fruity Brett, vinous notes, and charred oak. Medium-bodied and moderately sour throughout the palate.. great balance, and all the components managed to work exceptionally well together.. great stuff! DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #96 of 204.
4.5 A: Opaque plum color. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head with good retention and glass covering lacing.
4.5 S: There’s an unbelievable amount of aromas comming off of this. Every step of the process comes through with varying strength. The lightest aromas of those of the Scottish ale. There’s just a touch of caramel and peat, but it adds to the totality of the brew. Cabernet is a bit stronger with vanillins and tannins making similar contributions. The strange fruitiness, which must come from the quince (I have no idea what these even look like aside from the pic on the label) works great with the vinous grape aroma. The quince aroma can’t really be described with other fruits, but I’d say it’s something between a pear and a dirty diaper. Some brett funk and some tart lactic component, but not overwhelming.
4.5 T: The base beer is much more apparent in the taste. The caramel, peat, and breadiness comes through much stronger. Less vinous character than the nose, but more tannic astringency, vanilla, and oak. Quince and wild apple fruitiness with the apple being of the funky brett variety. Mildly tart, but far from a straight up sour. A lot more funky than the nose with musky basement and rotting wood joining the wild apple. This has a moderate "Jackie O’s" flavor in it. Alcohol is undetectable.
4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the higher end, but works really well. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth for what it is.
4.5 D: This is a very tasty beer now, but I think this will be insanely good in a few years after the bugs have more time to develop. Never tasted a quince before, but it seems like they have a place in the beer world.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-11-2011 22:55:19
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
On tap @ JO. Brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is grape skin, aectobacter, light brett and oaky tannins. Tart and refreshing. Had to be one of my favs from the weekend. Eerily similar to the older la folies Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours a deep rusty brown with traces ruby caramel on the edges and a finger or so of eggshell foam. The nose is the first indication that this beer is bubbling with complexity... Complex malts, wet wood, vinous fruit, tart citrus, cured meat, chocolate... wow, what the hell is this ? The palate just sings... the complexity is in check and the flavors all play harmoniously with one another... evolving from one spectrum to another. The cabernet character is amazing with ripe full roundness that softens the mouthfeel and adds just enough tannic vinous fruit structure that goes hand in hand with the bright quince fruit... as the palate moves into the finish the caramel malt and traces of peat emerge and linger with sour oak and cocoa touches... Wow one of the most interesting and unexpected beers Ive had the pleasure of drinking. Thanks Dave ! MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
On tap at Jackie O’s the day of its release. This is my favorite one of said release. I guess the joke is on all the hype hunters who dont wanna trade for this one. Once again, the coffeevanillaoakimperialstoutblendbourbons win out.
A- Its looks were a sight for sore eyes when served up along side all the stouts of the day. It is still pretty dark, but more of a brownish red than black. It lets light through in areas, creating bright crimsons in the highlights.
S- The part Cabernet barrels play is found in the nose right off the bat. Acidic red grapes with a little bit of a vinegary bend to them jump out. Some citrusy stuff adds to the fruity bouquet. The lactic sourness clears a path for an oaky base that brings a little bit a funk along for the ride.
T- Yep, this one is good. Bracingly sour at first, it has my glands in a panic. After I wiped the drool from my mouth and gave my saliva glands a chance to calm down it wasnt so sour. This beer does carry a few wine-like characteristics over from the barrels but it is largely unique to both the beer and wine worlds. Oak, tannins and acidic grapes are familiar flavors but are very second to the interesting profile of these Quince fruits. They impart a slew of familiar fruity flavors. Mostly along the lines of pear and apple skins.
M- The body is hawkishly dry. I was beginning to grow weary of all the dry finishing beers of the day but it is a very appropriate quality for Quincedence. Carbonation is also good for a barrel aged sour with just enough prickles to accent the tartness.
D- My favorite of the whole release and one of Jackie O’s best. I cant wait to get after my bottle of it.
hopscotch (11042) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma furnishes caramel, chocolate, oak and red wine – more acidic than expected. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor provides loads of caramel up front; sour cherries and yeasty bitterness on the backside. Finishes crisp, tart and quite dry. Kudos to darkguardian for sharing this world class Scotch ale treatment! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Big thanks to Brad for setting me up with a bottle of this.
Pours a pretty dark brown color with a good single-finger off-white head and a touch of lacing on the way down. Thin collar around the edges of my tulip. The nose hits me pretty strong right away. I’ve only had quince once, but it certainly did a number on this beer. The Cabernet barrels are present there as well. Really nice acidity--mostly lactic but a bit of a light acetic presence in the finish. Everything integrates quite well. The quince contribution is a bit difficult to define, but you’ll know it when you smell it.
The same is true of the taste, which is equally as nice and intriguing. Lovely fruit mixes with Cabernet and the barrel. The fruit presence is at the right level, providing a touch of sweetness to balance the acidity and really complements the fruit flavor. Really nice sour character in this brew and the barrel comes out well. I really enjoyed this beer and am excited for the bottle release. At the same time, the quince component is certainly unique and I’m sure one’s appreciation of this beer really depends on how agreeable you are with the quince. Thanks again, Brad.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-04-2011 dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
750ml bottle shared with some friends. Bottle #142/204. This is a great F’ing sour. Dark brown pour with a hazy, cloudy center. Fluffy head with good retention. Aroma was pretty sour and fruity. Got a little bit of the woody character from the barrels but not much. Flavor had a good amount of sour funk and tartness to it, possibly a little bit of vinegar in there as well. A big hit of the night IMO. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours dark & frothy. The smells are full of wine barrel, something I oh so enjoy, especially from Jackie. Underneath the wine are hints of earthy tobacco and ripe, tropical fruits...like mango and ok, quince, not that I’ve had a quince by itself before...maybe I have, who care. They’re in the nose and that’s all I gots to say bout dat. Flavors have that jackie o barrel goodness all draped all over with a little tart quince character...nicely balanced and beyond quaffable for the 9+% abv the label claims. Certainly lives up to that Jackie O quality I’ve come to expect from my favorite US brewery. Wonderful as usual...I want to live next door. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Brownish pour, small light head. Odd aroma, wine, funk, tart fruit, apples, pears, apricots. Flavor is fruity, tart, yeasty, a bit funky, some wine notes, apples. Interesting brew.