BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Snifter at brewery: Beautiful reddish and coppery multi-hued appearance topped by a small but lasting head. The aroma has notes of wild yeast, acidic fruit, oak, toffee, wheat, herbal hops, slight oxidization but in a good old school way, earthy and even a hint of black olives. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
The taste is even more impressive with a big WOW factor that nearly left me speechless and perplexed on what to write. There is a wonderful transition between sour and sweet, fruitiness and maltiness, wheat and oak. The complexity just grows and grows with a lovely hint of Scottish and English old ale notes for backup. This takes the joyful interplay that the Pippenbock had and amps it up to 11. I am just floored by this,
Steve has knocked these non-traditionally soured beers out of the park. The mouth feel while warming does a good job of hiding the alcohol found within to a dangerous level, rich, oily and yet snappy and strangely refreshing. Brillant and I hope those at GTMW enjoy this as much I do... plan on having another snifter next weekend at the Anniversary party or even two! My second highest rated Livery beer to date.
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - This was one of my faves at the festival. Pours deep amber with next to no head. Nose is deep, rich, sweet malty plums, that are a bit salty and sour. Some caramel notes linger in the background. Taste is really bready, with some sour funk. Rich dark fruit notes linger, and there is a hint of chocolate bread. Smooth, with good carbonation. I loved the different flavors working here--the sour component, the decadent plum, the rich chocolate and bread. It totally worked for me and I want more of it. blutt59 (6565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
on tap, golden orange color with no foam, lots of cranberry must and bretty aromas, flavors of stone cherries, tobacco, sour chalky, one of the best sours of the day for me Tmoney99 (14625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Tap in snifter. Poured a hazy reddish amber color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour and tart fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Thanks JW. Pours an amber color. Aroma is prunes, caramel malt, funk, light tartness. Flavor is tart, prunes, caramel, wood, yeasty. Interesting brew and pretty damn good!
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Sampled from a growler shared by BA iceicebaby. Pours a clear deep amber color with a small bubbly head. The aroma had dark fruits, plums, sweet caramel, acidic notes, with mild tart qualities. The flavor is the same with the sweet/tart combination working very well together. Barrel notes are subtle. Ripe plums and caramel blend nicely. This is much too drinkable at 13% and should come with a warning label. Definitely a surprise favorite of the day. sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2011
64oz growler shared at a great A2 tasting--thanks James! Umae Umami pours a dark amber with nearly no head and very light carbonation. We actually had this growler filled at the HopCat and noticed it was under carbonated having samples of it on tap at the time. Smell is prickly fruit, oak, light red wine, a bit of funk and sour acetone. The taste is sour prunes, sour grapeskin, and oaky tannins along with some celery & veggie-like dryness on the finish. Tart, dark fruit dominates the mid-palate. It’s highly drinkable with a medium-full body and I easily drank my fair share of around 16+ oz. deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On tap at The Livery 5th anniversary party. Poured a dark clear amber with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was sweet and sour plum with a bit of a sweet wheat back bone. Flavor began with sweet plums and wheat and grew in to more of a tart finish with the sweet grain becoming less and less present. marcus (10346) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy copper with a thin off-white head and an alcohol and fruit aroma. This does not taste a bit like a wheat wine. There is some sourness, but the plum has apparently overtaken the wheat in regard to flavor. The high alcohol content is well hidden.Nicely aged. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2010
livery 5th anniv party. one of the better ones available. dark amber pour with no head. aroma of large sourness, and oak tannins. flavor is very sour as well, with big fruit skin, acidic notes, oak, and perhaps plum. great mouthfeel