iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Cloudy Ruby brown with a one finger beige head, eventually fading to a sparse film. Aroma actually reminds me of RR Consecration--red wine barrels dominating. There is also some leather and caramel, as well as figs and raisins. Flavor adds some buttery brett, light acetone with light sour acidity--fairly tame in the realm of sours. Dry finish with some vanilla and alcohol warmth, bitterness at a 2-3. Sourness peaked at a 2-3. Full body with carbonation light. Like a Consecration light (as far as the sour goes). BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2008 vintage on tap. Pours with a huge, creamy tan head and a hazy brown body (much darker than the normal one). Aroma of red wine, sour wood, oak, acetic acid, caramel and dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, sour, butter, light tannic and slightly bitter. Very rich overall. Medium carbonation. Dry. Good sour!
Drastically different from the normal Gift of the Magi. Reminds me of Sourfest Weekend. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2009
A Nice surprise at Strong Ale, a barrel aged sour, yummers. Pours reddish. Nose and taste are full of potent strong tart notes. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth for the abv. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
On tap at the SD Strong Ale fest 09. Pour is a red/brown. Sourness, light funk, brett, light fruit, bready malt, oak, and tart. Very good, I enjoyed it thoroughly. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Served on tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Very tasty. The barrel and the sourness add a tone to the Gift of the Magi base. I get some toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, and a nice tartness. My notes are a little messy at this point so I need to get another sample to add some more.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Tap @ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2009. A nice surprise at the fest and damn tasty. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small beige ring, light lacing. Nose starts off surprisingly tart with some brett and dry oak. Finishes with some spice, dry oak and a touch of sourness, very interesting. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
The first fine beverage I sampled Friday night at the PP Strong Ale Fest. Was looking forward to this after hearing about this barrel aged version debuting this night. Golden copper color. Definitely tasted the funkiness of the Brett along with some earthy woodiness of the barrel. The interesting complex flavors of the Frankincense and Myrrh are still there. A totally great unique Holiday beer even better when barrel aged. Thanks Tomme for always bustin out great beers for the festivals! wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at PP Strong Ale Festival 2009. I entered this beer as a sour. To me, clearly some Brett (possibly Brett C) was added. No real other barrel characteristics, no bourbon, no vanilla buttery sweetness. It seems to me that sour bugs have this ability to either hide or destroy other aromas. This beer was under the radar at the festival, maybe because people though it was regular Gift of the Magi, or maybe because it was hidden at #34 on a list of 84 beers. I didn’t hear many raves about it, but I thought it was one of my favorite beers of the festival, and the only sour one, other than Consecration. It was really good, and drinkable, and the only beer I got two 4oz tasters of. Great lingering tan head. Malty. Light sourness/tartness that blends well with the little bit of illusive sweetness. Very good!