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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Once upon a time it was the most award winning Pizza Port beer of all time. Now it has found a new home at The Lost Abbey. A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with. One of the most complex and unique beers we make each year.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3370) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle at OBriens, San Diego, shared with a bunch of RateBeer locals - courtesy of someone or other. (Things were getting pretty fuzzy by this point - I could barely take notes, let alone keep track of who was buying the rounds. So this rating will have to serve as a placeholder until I can get it a more informed/sober review.) Deep ruby colour. What a nose! Like funky cherry coke & bourbon. Powerful flavour - sharp, tart, boozy, fruity, spicey, peppery. So much going on in this - I really need to try it again when Im sober!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2005
750ml Black label bottle: Pours to a deep brown with rusty highlights when held to the light; remains mostly murky & opaque throughout. The creamy and thick beige head slowly diminishes and lasts throughout the entire bottle (and believe me I took my time enjoying this one). The aroma is alcohol, cherries, grains, sweet cherry pie, burnt cinnamon, roasted nutmeg, sweet lime, pineapple, distinct brettanomyces scents, sweet caramel just for a brief instant, bourbon, wood and a hint of cocoa. The taste is syrupy sweet in feel, though is only sweet for a brief second before nice lightly acidic tannis take over. Theres notes of obviously real cherries (not artificial syrup), apple, oak, lemon, pine, grapefruit, maple, black pepper, chocolate, bitter roast, and heavy bourbon notes. The alcohol and harsh bourbon is noticable in the taste, not to the point where its offensive, but to the point where it gets in the way of some other flavors. I have heard the earlier versions of this dont quite have the same bourbon barrel pungency. Either way this is what I have to taste and Ive tasted better examples of barrel aging. Medium-full bodied, medium-lively carbonation (natural, small & crisp bubbles), surprisingly dry on the palate.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Four of these in one night leaves them blending together a little...Thanks Vac and JohnC
Sour, without the vinegar aroma - like unripe cherry. Aroma is slowing building to tartened height of majesty. The first sip of the 2003 Silver was full and chewy. The cherry is evident. 2005 Gold is much more dense, and the palate is lively, with apple being more evident. All are conditioned by a salted leather element that gives a distinct charm. A treat that may be loved by some and expectorated by others.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
bottle black label, pours a black but you can see light through it when held up to a lamp. thick off white head little lacing. aroma is sour and lightly cherry. taste is suprising. i have never had a cherry beer i liked. taste is sour charries and something i cannot name. very good and quite suprising thanks to footbalm for this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
tiquette Noire. Une bonne partie du contenu gicle hors de la bouteille lors de son ouverture. Couleur acajou tendant vers le brun, mousse beige pale dallure belge. Armes complexes et volutifs suggrant fortement la chaire de cerises rouges, lanis, les barils de bois humide, la mlasse, la crme lrable, les grains de caroubes sous de fortes notes de beurre. Texture ample et liquoreuse compos dune multitude de fines bulles piquantes. En bouche, acidit sous quelques traits tartriques, quelques aspects en commun avec Temptation de Russian River cause de la vive prsence de beurre et de cerises. Lalcool se fait de plus en plus prsent et nous rchauffe sur son passage donnant ainsi un aspect liquoreuxanis toil, caramel, mlasse, cuir pour ne nommer que ceux-ci. Quelques annes supplmentaires de vieillissement pourraient sans doute apporter une complexit et un mlange des composantes encore plus intgres. Trs alccolique pour linstant mais tout de mme un chef-duvre! Merci Rastacouere.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Black Label.. Poured a dark brown with ruby hues and a medium cream colored head. Aroma was cherries, sweet malt and vanilla or oak. Flavor was heavy on the cherries and vanilla with a bit of sweet malt and alcohol.. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Poured dark brown color with a cream colored head. Aroma of bourbon, cherries, light tartnesss, and sugar/caramel. The flavor continues with the bourbon and cheeries. Sweet and tart with a semi-dry woody finish. So tasty if only it was half the price and sold in GA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle. Black Label. Very dark mahogony with a nice cocoa head. Opening the bottle brings lots of cherry aroma. Gives way to a whiskey aroma, chocolate, and sweet malt. First sip starts with lots of tart cherry - but its fruitier and lighter than expected. Theres oak and a bit of malt. Lighter bodied than expected. It turns into a nice refreshing beer with some sweetness and a good tart cherry flavor with some background chocolate. Its good, but I wish it had a little more body and more at the end instead of finishing very dry. It just gets tiring and theres a little too much whiskey barrel and not enough bret to add complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Pour is nice ruby amber red with a thin khaki head...smell is sour cherry and oak...taste is sweet and somewhat tart at first with building tartness (brett) and cherry sour building into an incredibly dry wine like flavor...oak surely comes out in the finish too...I would not want to drink this everyday, but it sure was delicious...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
deep garnet colored. wispy head that faded QUICKLY. Oaky, sour, cherry nose. I immedialtely said that I would not like this after smelling it- I really expected a bunch of sour, but the first sip is really rich and velvety and the cherry is there, but the sourness is really restrained. Very dry like a cabernet. No alcohol evident at all. Cherries at a really nice element. Walt says bready, but hes a fag.


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