JAXSON (605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Dark pour with cherry highlights and a medium beige head. Nose is wine barrel with a fairly expressive malt character of raisin, port, earthy spices. Lots of strange complexity in the mouth -- aged port, ripe raisin and prune, cardamom seed, cinnamon. Super integration and complexity between the malt and port qualities. This is what McKenzie has been trying to do the last two years. Finish is strawberry jam which carries on for a good 30 seconds. Some light oxidation on the finish. Feel is fabulous, soft, thick, rich with a wash of tiny bubbles. You would have to enjoy port and barrel-forward beers to really appreciate this. Pretty great, maybe too barrel-forward for me even but it worked very well and it’s a pleasure to sip on. sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Shared by Sean, thanks! Pours a dark, muddled copper brown with one finger head. Smell is Belgian candied sugar, some subtle malt, and a little spice--perhaps cinnamon. Taste is sweet malt that continues through with light cherry. Picked up on plenty of layers of sweetness in this one along with a deep finish. Low carbonation and medium body mouth feel. Tasty! auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. Aroma strong prune, plum, candi sugar and Belgian caramel with a touch of barrel. Flavors are really rich and dark. I’ve scarcely had malty beers this complex. Somewhere in the middle is a notable sun-dried fruit and Pedro Ximenez raisin flavor that goes back and forth with the chewy complex mid-dark malts. This has gotta come from the combination with the Cab barrel. Great beer! BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2011
750ml Bottle with a big thanks to ditmier. Pours out dark brown topped with a nice head. Aroma was sweetness, molasses, pit fruit, oak, caramel, cherries, and spice. Taste is more of the sweetness, but it changes gears from pit fruit to more cherries. Along with the dark cherries is an array of spice, vanilla, and wood.
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
750ml, caged and corked, bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a medium to deeper brown color with a small size off white head. Cloudy. Aromas of wood, port, cherries, and dark fruits. Tastes of wood, caramel, chocolate, cherries / dark fruits, and port. Smooth body. Medium sweet.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Pours a hazy deep brownish amber with a medium bubbly off white head. ARoma of strong port, caramel, dark fruits, oakd and light cherry. Flavor of caramel, port wine, oak, toffee, super malty, dark fruits. egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Dark brown purple color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, light roast, and a tough of alcohol. Taste of caramel, nuts, roast, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, port, and light alcohol in the finish. Thanks for sharing Josh! Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle courtesy of bhenson. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of complex, rich malt, caramel, dark fruit, some anise. Tastes slightly tarte and roasty with some nutty hints, some sweet elements and a rich velvety finish. Excellent beer! douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
750 ml bottle at another kick ass Boise tasting. Batch 001. Pours a opaque brown color with a large brown/cream colored head. The aroma is sour brown ale notes, some cherries and wood. The flavor is intense; like a Flemish Sour, cherries, cinnamon, spicy, brown sugars and sweet abt flavors, sourness throughout. Very good. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle (Thanks ditmier!): Dark muddy pour, not much head and a thick opaque pour. Nose of sour cherry and oak, raisin and sweet molasses infused malts. Plenty of tart thick cherries in the mouthfeel with an earthy and spicy finish and a bit of cloying sweetness in the flavor. Complex and dynamic with a hint of sherry at the end to round it out to snuff out the semi-medicinal overall experience. Overall it’s a bit difficult to dig through the layers, but it’s worth the effort.