Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Draft sample at brewpub. Poured dark reddish brown color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tannic, tart fruit and woody aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy tannic tart cherry flavor with a medium to heavy tart cherry finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing change of pace standout fruit beer.
deyholla (11486) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Sampled at the brewpub. Pours a clear dark brown with a slight red hue with light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has acidic/medicinal cherry notes with roasted malts, a bit clashing. Flavor starts acidic cherries (slightly medicinal) with backing roasted malts. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Wine glass draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a darkish blackish brown pour, a bit lighter on the edges, a ruby bottom. Well hazed body with a frothy light tannish head, perhaps a touch pink that dies to a thicker ring, laces ok. Aromas are brown malts, cherries, some touches of wet oak, red wine, with more touches of darker malts, some toast, cocoa, smoothed out sweetness. Initial is medium bodied, offering some cocoa, roast, and cherries, tart, with red wine tannins, more cocoa, some vanilla, toffee, and toast. Into the backend, more tartness, dry yeast and tart cherries linger. The cherries really play well with the red wine tannins, light and airy but bitter and earthy. A touch of ABV heat grows, warming, wine related, Cab tannins grow on that palate. A bit tannin rich overall, could have used some wild yeast.. Fairly clean with vanilla, roast, and cocoa. Itís a solid enough beer, perhaps getting a bit cloying. Really could use some wild yeast. A touch hot too, I guess. nuplastikk (6208) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Opaque black with a a side-lacing beige head. brutal port wine aroma. Quite brutal, the wine barrel tones overwhelm and dominate. Chocolate port win all the way. Faint cherry tones, but way overwhelmed. Brutal sour tobacco notes. Some chocolate shows up at it mellows and approaches room temperature. An interesting experiment, I can see how it would grow on you. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Draft at rev, pours dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head around the rim. Nose is loaded with cherry syrup, loads of toffee and brown sugar, mild hints of aceto and lactic. Nice Jammy red wine aromatics too. Quite a nice aroma on this if you arenít expecting a sour. Reminds me a tad of tomme. Flavors are rather sweet brown sugar and plums, loads of red wine, wild cherries, but a huge dose of booze throws it all out of whack and makes it difficult to stomach. A sharp acidic and boozefinish but the bugs dont really help integrate the flavors. Damn this beer hits a lot of right notes but when the flavor is all together itís really muddled and odd at times. The finish is quite tasty, warm, chocolatey, with a bit of tobacco. However the carbonation and body suffer, itís too thin and prickly. Sorta like it canít decide whether it wants to be sour or a nice big quad with fruit. This really could be a winner with some tweaking.
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Draft... Dark brown, light tan head... The nose is really nice, sweet but tart cherries, a hint of oak, no red wine sadly... The taste is a bit watery and a touch disappointing, light cherries, oak, a faint touch of wine, an off chemical finish... Wanted this to be great, sadly only a good NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Mug Club tapping on draft at Rev. Pours a deep mahogany with an off-white head. Nose is light oak, quite fruity and spicy. Some light plastic and vanilla then a punch of tart cherry. Pretty clean, actually and the spice from yeast and wine work well together. On taste, the booze is definitely present, with a bit of stickiness to it. Nice vinous notes with light oxidation. Quite fruit forward with some lightly tart cherry notes. Slickness in the mouth. Would be better with Brett. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
On tap at revolution. Free birthday pour in a wine glass for my birthday... Pours a deeper shade of an opaque mostly dark cola-ish pour perhaps a deeper burgundy but canít really tell given the low light situation. A thin wispy thin light beige head rests on top... Phenolic bourbon and vanilla hits upfront with a mild cherry vinousness. Very upfront and somewhat medicinal and harsh actually. Boozy assertiveness all around... Flavors are conisistent and donít dviate much from the aroma. Boozy phenols upfront with bourbon and a red grapiness. Muddled earth surfaces midway through and lingers on through the finish. Cherries fade in and out late but this one is overpowered by the abrasive barrel and muddled earthiness. A modicum of tartness bub nowhere near tart by any means. Medium bodied with an adequate level of carbonation. Not a good birthday beer but glad to have tried. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
On tap at the brewpub, poured into a wine glass. Very deep brown, hazed body with hints of ruby and black. Finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really nice. Lots of wine up front with plenty of cherries. Nicely spiced with a slight tartness and a solid malty cherry sweetness. Some oaky vanilla comes out more as this warms as well as a bit of a boozy bourbon. Flavor is a bit too boozy up front initially with lots of vinous fruits. It does settle down a bit and definitely grew on me as I continued sipping. Pretty oaky throughout with a nice yeasty spicing again that goes well with the oak and big wine flavors. Some lighter cherries grow more in the finish with a light vanilla and a touch of tartness. Malts are present throughout and are a bit thin, but seem to work with this. Oaky bourbon takes up a lot of the finish as this dries very cleanly and more wine and semi tart cherries take up a lengthy aftertaste with lots of barrel coming out too. Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. It is a bit messy at times, but I definitely liked it more than some of the other reviews. Lots of wine and barrel flavors with a light cherry tartness, an enjoyable yeasty spice, and a light malt sweetness throughout. A very forward beer that I enjoyed trying. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Sampled @ Revolution!!! Dark mahogany/crimson-colored brew with a small eggshell head. Aroma of tart cherry skin, caramel, vanilla, wood, and a hint of molasses. Strong red wine presence in the flavor with tons of varying barrel notes (oak, vanilla, cabernet, merlot, syrah spiciness). Can also get some of the Belgian influence with the yeast...bready, biscuity. Toffee, honey, and candied fruit. Really complex...enjoyed it!!!