rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Courtesy of psprings (I think, if not I’ll correct this )
Pours a dark muddy brown with a slight reddish tings. Aroma is sour and acidic. Flavor is sour, earthy, cherries combined wit a strange unexpected cocoa taste in the finish. And I like it! Nice sour! GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Thanks to Northernbrews! Aroma of black licorice, funk and dark fruits. Flavors are mostly soured fruits with some cocoa. This is a heck of a blend. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle, thanks to CharlesDarwin and mbirder for this one. Clear deep brown with a tiny ring of beige head. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses up front some roasted malts, and a good amount of vanilla, dry oak, and soft bourbon notes. Moderate amounts of sour cherries and unripened apple skins. There is a little bit of acetone in there as well. Flavor is more sour than the aroma led on, though no ungodly so (about a 6-7). Plenty of fruity apple and sour cherries up front, with a fair amount of acetone--though not as much as was in the Luciernaga GR I had the other day. Unsweetened cocoa is still pretty present with brown sugar, light butter brett combines with the dry oak into the finish, which is even slightly roasty. The aftertaste a few minutes later reminds me of yeasty homemade bread. Light tingles of carbonation make the medium body seem heavier. Very nicely done. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Courtesy northernbrews, via GodOfThunder. Pours a dark chocolate mahogany brown color with glints of chestnut brown translucency. A minimal film of cream colored foam goes away almost completely, leaving very little micro-spot lacing marks the glass. The nose shows dry cocoa malts underneath sour, acetic, vinegary notes, with hints of tart apple and dark spice. Flavors are quite sour, the acetic vinegar and tart apple from the La Roja coming through strong, while cocoa from the Madrugada calming the sharp edge a bit. Brett-laden oak and soft vanilla add plenty of barrel influence. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, dry and refreshing, the palate is on point for the style. Good stuff...another impressive JP beer. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2009
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma is really pungent, with sharp oak, dill, an earthiness, and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is quite sharp as well and highly acidic, with tastes of berry skin, oak, tannins, that yields to a very dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium.
MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Pours a clear deep brown with no head. Aroma is tart apples, a touch buttery, and some background maltiness. Flavor is quite sour, apple cider vinegar, without a whole lot more complexity. Lingering tartness, thin mouthfeel. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours dark brown with some off white bubbles around the rim of the glass. Smells of tarte fruit, funk, sour pit cherries, oaky. Tastes dry and acidic with some residual sugar and a nice fruity finish. Great beer! theisti (4197) - Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is dark brown almost black featuring some pretty ruby highlights. Minimal tan head. Aroma of soured cherry, oak woodiness, and some tannic grape skins. Behind that is the funk, and it is nice vinegar and Brett. Nice nose. Taste is sour black cherry primarily, very tannic and dry. Nice lactic acidity element is layered on top, very nice funkiness swirl all around the fruit flavors. Palate is medium, slick, drying and has a quick finish despite the complexity. mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 12oz. bottle, with a big thanks to Beastiefan2k for sharing! Pours a much darker than expected brown, with a minimal head of loose bubbles. Aroma is tart cherry, sour apple, light wood, and some funk. Flavor is sharply acidic, with some sour cherry and apple, wood and funk. Overall this is a little too acidic for my tastes, which doesn’t really let anything else shine though as it should/could. Thanks again for sharing Eugene! beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 From Schroppfy, Mike is the man. Not too surprising (since I knew the blend) but still weird to see this pour such a dark brown, almost black color. Head is barely there and almost no lacing. Aroma is better than other Reserve brews. Smells of aceto spiky cherry, some brett, lots of vinegar coming off. A bit too much aceto taking over without enough malts behind it, I can do it but I feel a lot of people could dislike it. There is just a hint of dark malts, faint soil and roast. Taste is similar, again more cherry but more like black cherry. The aceto is there, very drying. Its cool sour stuff, in line with a Flanders red that happens to be darker but could use a bit of other malt aspects. I would say that La Roja is the overpowering part of the blend, which is a positive. Again, I would prefer this with a little more malt and body behind it. But I am also happy super barrel sugar crap isn’t a part of this beer. I feel weird rating this over a standard deviation from some raters I respect, but it is actually a complement.
12oz bottle, generic tulip glass.