orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden. This is listed as a sour ale at the shop, altho it started life as a bock.
A - Pours slightly murky golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lace down the glass.
S - Smells of sour apples, intense cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, vanilla and a touch of warm booze. It smells like hot apple cider or a fresh baked apple pie.
T - Stars off with some sour apple tartness quickly giving way to hints of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, oak and plenty of warming brandy booze. The flavors are pretty well balanced until the booze comes crashing down. Finish is a little sweet with some booze, not lingering on the palate for very long after consumption. I really struggle to believe that this beer is only 5.3% abv.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. It went a little dead toward the end of the glass, combined with the strong flavors and intense booze, makes this one hard to finish.
O - This is an interesting beer. The flavors are all there for it to be great, they are just a little out of sync. If the barrel flavors could be toned down a bit, either with more fruit of more tartness, I think this could be great. Give it a try if you can, especially if you like apple pie moonshine...lol
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 Growler: Dingy, dirty copper color, mostly hazy with some light shining through at the edges. Creamy cap with good retention that leaves minimal lacing behind. Aroma is amazing... Warm apple pie, mildly tart and sweet apples, smooth cinnamon, deep brandy, lots of bready and graham cracker malts, a touch of caramel in the rear. Like a boozy, brandy-infused apple pie. Fantastic aroma. Flavor isn’t quite as amazing, but is still very good. Tart, and even borderline sour, with green apples that are greeted by warm cinnamon and heavy, malt breadiness. Boozy brandy and oak, not hot, but warm... warmer than the suggested 5.3% ABV. Graham cracker, caramel, sweet apple and cinnamon, malty finish. Pleasantly surprised. I like this beer more than everyone else does... I can accept that.
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler: Wow...smells just like a cinnamon apple pie. I really dig the aroma. It pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with with a quick dose of sweet apple. The finish has moderate sour lemon and cinnamon apple pie. This tastes much stronger than 5.3%. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, the aroma is better than the flavor, but it’s still tasty and unique.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Pizza Boy. Really, really heavy on the apple brandy barrel. Some acidity underneath, but this is almost entirely barrel.
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smelled and tasted like apple brandy. I’m not much of a sour ale fan, but this one when sipped was okay.
PhillyCraft (6466) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler compliments of Simon at the "end of the world" tasting. Poured a amber gold color with medium head and lacing. Aromas of strong cinnamon, apple pie, crust, and light dogfish nail polish remover. Taste is acidic with flavors of cinnamon, apples, dough, and spice. If you can get past the light nail polish aroma you will enjoy this beer. Very cinnamon candy like, thitt.